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Parents and families

The Bulwell Community Toy Library has been around for over 30 years. We began life as a toy library but our services have grown to give families a huge variety of help and support.

Our services for families include:

A toy library

With over 3,000 toys and games, available to borrow for just a few pence. (Suitable for children aged 0 to 11 years).

Activities for under 5’s

Including regular Play & Lend sessions for little ones aged from 0 to 5 years. Come along and meet other parents and carers whilst your children enjoy fun play activities run by trained, experienced play workers and volunteers. Plus you can borrow toys and games to take home.

Activities for over 5’s

Including regular play sessions for children aged from 5 to 13 years, after school and during the holidays. Children can join in with a whole range of activities including outdoor activities at local parks, indoor activities such as arts and crafts and a girls only group for girls aged from 9 to 13.

Outdoor play sessions

Held at selected local parks on Saturdays, after school and during the holidays, run by trained, experienced play workers and volunteers.

Support for disabled children

So that children with a physical or learning disability can join in with their friends.

Help for new parents

Including one-to-one support from our friendly, fully qualified staff in the comfort of your own home.

Specialist support for children

Including our NHS-supported Language Through Toys and Play project, which aims to develop speech, language and communication skills in children using simple play techniques – as a way of overcoming mild speech and language difficulties. The project is designed to show parents and carers how to use play as a way of encouraging children to talk, think, communicate and use their imagination.

To find out more about any of the services above or to talk about how we can help you please call the toy library on 0115 975 3898 or email

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