Toy library set up to help Sunderland families

Toy library.
Toy library.
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WEARSIDE parents and carers are being offered the chance to enjoy toys and games for free.

Sunderland Children, which is a free-to-access service that runs in centres across the city, has developed a way for families with young children to enjoy toys and play time without the expensive price tag of buying toys and games.

Each of the five centres now has a toy library, a place for parents and carers to borrow toys, books and games for free and to purchase craft materials at an affordable price.

There are a range of toys in each library, suitable for children up to the age of 14, as well as a special selection of toys for children with additional needs.

Councillor Pat Smith, portfolio holder for Children’s Services, said: “Games and toys can be so expensive nowadays and it’s difficult for parents and carers to keep up with the latest toys – and of course children grow out of toys so quickly as they learn and develop.”

The toy library operates much like a normal library where items are taken from the centres on loan basis and are returned by an agreed date, when more toys can be borrowed.

There are various times and days through the week for parents to drop in and use the library across all five main centres, split into the North, East, West, Coalfield and Washington areas of Sunderland.

For more information about the toy libraries, visit or the Sunderland Children’s Centre page on Facebook.