Posted on Wednesday 2nd May 2012
Buying toys can often prove expensive for parents, carers and childminders – so why not take advantage of Rhondda Cynon Taf’s FREE Toy Library service?
Based at Rhydyfelin Integrated Children’s Centre and Ynyscynon Early Years Centre, Llwynypia, the Toy Library offers a range of fun and developmental toys for children aged from 0-four which can be borrowed for free and used in the home.
Puzzles, games, construction toys, musical toys, books, puppets and much more can be borrowed and a delivery service can be arranged.
Good quality educational toys are available to any child, family, group, childminder or professional living or working in the county borough. The Toy Librarian makes regular visits to community groups across Rhondda Cynon Taf and can help parents or carers select and test out age-appropriate toys.
To access the service, a registration form needs to be completed and once membership has been confirmed, parents and carers or those working with children can access the service for free.
A full catalogue of toys is now available. For more information about the Toy Library and to register, please call:
07824 496474 (Rhondda area)
07824 496 473 (Cynon area)
07824 496 468 (Taf area)
Older children can jump for joy on trampolines and other play equipment from the RCT Play Resource Centre, based in Ferndale. Catering for youngsters aged from five to 14, the centre offers circus skills equipment, mini and large size goals, basketball nets, large soft play and a range of sports equipment which can all be borrowed for free.
Families, community or church groups, play providers and professionals working with children are welcome to visit the centre at Highfield Industrial Estate; view play equipment and pick up a registration pack to borrow items.
Please call the Play Resource Centre for further information or to arrange an appointment on 01443 730552.
The Toy Library and Play Resource Centre are part of the wide range of services on offer to children across Rhondda Cynon Taf, delivered by the Council’s Early Years and Family Support Services.
Ellis Williams, Group Director of Community and Children’s Services, Rhondda Cynon Taf, said: “Our recently-launched Play Strategy recognises the importance of play in the lives of children and young people.
“All children should have opportunities to explore and learn through play, and we and our partners are committed to ensuring they can access the resources that they are entitled to."