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Old 14-01-2015, 09:02 PM
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A post on a local FB group enquiring about toy libraries made me remember how much I miss them!

I was on the committee of the toy library in my town when DD3 was small, and for several years ran the local branch.
When my GD came along the toy libraries had gone. There was however a wonderful Toy Bus, which fortunately came to my village once a fortnight - on the day I have my GD! We both loved going, and it was good to ring the changes with the toys I had for her. It parked close to the local playground, so quite a bit of our day was filled with visiting the Toy Bus, then the playground.
Sadly funding was withdrawn a couple of years ago, no more toy bus

Does anyone have toy library or toy bus facilties in their area?
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Old 14-01-2015, 09:25 PM
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Oh im going to enquire in our area Beth as I have several bags full of boys toys I could donate and baby toys if they take them
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Old 14-01-2015, 09:56 PM
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The toy library, situated in our local family centre, was a boon to me when I was child minding until I finished 12 years ago. I went on a Thursday to the their Parent & Toddlers and was allowed up to 3 toys per child I had 3 children so 9 toys! On a Monday I would go to the Mencap P & Ts where I could borrow some lovely sensory toys for the disabled children I cared for. I had little one with all round disabilities and 2 other children. I converted my small dining room into a playroom and stuck plastic mirrors underneath my large dining table, bean bags on the floor where the little child would lay with the "special" sensory toys such as gentle lights, rain makers, bubble tubes, Wind makers which blew warm against the face and toys that would vibrate gently when held. The problem I had was this little "sensory area" was only big enough for one child at a time, so the three children had to take turns in laying under the table. Arrr this thread has brought back some very pleasant memories.
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Old 14-01-2015, 10:01 PM
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Rosy, what a lovely environment you created for those children!
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Old 14-01-2015, 10:09 PM
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Rosy - that sounds very special and you were probably in a small minority of child minders who cared for children with special needs.

Pimms - I wonder if a women's refuge would like the toys?
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Old 14-01-2015, 10:13 PM
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I tried too Beth. That little child is soon 19 and I see his mum regularly in church. She often jokes with me how the children in my care, were soon "under the table" lol, but it was actually her idea as it kept her child fully occupied for a short while and away from the more "lively ones" and it worked. To be honest I found the sensory toys so relaxing and would often have the bubble tubes on after a stressful day childminding!

JG, there were 4 other childminders, in our area, who cared for children with special needs, we were funded through Social Services.
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Old 14-01-2015, 10:33 PM
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You did an amazing job RN
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Old 15-01-2015, 09:10 AM
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JG, there were 4 other childminders, in our area, who cared for children with special needs, we were funded through Social Services.
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Rosy, I wonder if there is still that sort of funding? It sounds like fantastic value for money in terms of the benefits to SEN children and their often hard-pressed families. Your 19 year old is a great testament to what you did and I bet his parents are still grateful.
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Old 15-01-2015, 09:57 AM
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Rosy, Such a worthwhile job and so pleasurable for the little ones,times they will never forget I'm sure,there are Charities that provide similar I have seen them on programmes which are on early morning TV but as usual they are not advertised en mass and you need specialist referral.
We where lucky to have a Toy Library locally and went every week with playgroup to pick new toys and books,when it finished they tried to carry on in the Church Hall within the playgroup but as with all good intentions only a few mums where committed and sadly it folded when little ones moved on to full time school.
I am convinced it would not cost Thousands to restart a similar programme across the Country,lets take all the Lap-tops & Ipads from Council workers and MP's and the money would be available.(feeling a soapbox coming on girl's)
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Old 15-01-2015, 10:54 AM
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Quite right Glamma! Having worked for my local council for 12 years I know all about the wastage!!
There was a lot of sadness and vocal expressions of dissatisfaction when the Toy Bus was disbanded, but of course it does no good
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