Darebin Toy Library Review

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The Darebin Toy Library was established 27 years ago to provide families with children aged 0 – 6 years access to high quality, age-appropriate toys and equipment. The aim of the Toy Library is to encourage connection, support crucial intellectual, emotional and social abilities in children as well as promote the right of the child to play.

We are now undertaking a review of the service as we want to ensure Darebin’s Toy Library continues to be contemporary, accessible, affordable and responsive to Darebin’s diverse community, particularly those most vulnerable and/or experiencing disadvantage.

If you have children aged between 0-6 years, we would love to hear from you.


What’s happened so far

The service review began in October 2020, and so far we have established a community reference group, and have also researched and reviewed toy libraries locally and worldwide.

We want the Darebin Toy Library to be the best it can be and develop a service model that is based on efficient, sustainable and strength-based approaches.

What’s happening now

We are now ready to hear your ideas.

We want to improve customer experience, remove barriers and generate ideas for improvement of the service model. We are excited to hear from members of the community with children aged 0 – 6 years. We want to hear from both toy library members and non-members alike.

How to get involved:

There will be pop-up events at a range of spots around Darebin for parents as well as fun activities for children to find out their ideas.

Here are some of our confirmed engagement events:

Week beginning 6 April (School Holidays)

Friday 9 April: Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir - 10am-12pm

Friday 9 April: Bundoora Park Far, Bundoora - 1pm-3pm

Sunday 11 April: Penders Park, Thornbury - 10am-12pm

Week beginning 12 April (School Holidays)

Monday 12 April : Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir (at the Capoeira sessions) 10am and 11am

Tuesday 13 April: All Nations Park, Northcote (at the Capoeira sessions) 10am and 11am

Sunday 18 April: Preston Market 10am-1pm

Stay tuned to find out more of the locations and times of the engagement events.

If you would like to speak to someone in your preferred language about the Toy Library review, please contact us or call 8470 8470 to be connected to a Language Aide or an interpreter.

What happens next?

Once we have heard from the community, we will review the findings, analyse our research and provide final recommendations for the Toy Library Service Review. We aim to complete the review by the end of June 2021.

After the review is completed, we will let the community know the outcome.

The Darebin Toy Library was established 27 years ago to provide families with children aged 0 – 6 years access to high quality, age-appropriate toys and equipment. The aim of the Toy Library is to encourage connection, support crucial intellectual, emotional and social abilities in children as well as promote the right of the child to play.

We are now undertaking a review of the service as we want to ensure Darebin’s Toy Library continues to be contemporary, accessible, affordable and responsive to Darebin’s diverse community, particularly those most vulnerable and/or experiencing disadvantage.

If you have children aged between 0-6 years, we would love to hear from you.


What’s happened so far

The service review began in October 2020, and so far we have established a community reference group, and have also researched and reviewed toy libraries locally and worldwide.

We want the Darebin Toy Library to be the best it can be and develop a service model that is based on efficient, sustainable and strength-based approaches.

What’s happening now

We are now ready to hear your ideas.

We want to improve customer experience, remove barriers and generate ideas for improvement of the service model. We are excited to hear from members of the community with children aged 0 – 6 years. We want to hear from both toy library members and non-members alike.

How to get involved:

There will be pop-up events at a range of spots around Darebin for parents as well as fun activities for children to find out their ideas.

Here are some of our confirmed engagement events:

Week beginning 6 April (School Holidays)

Friday 9 April: Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir - 10am-12pm

Friday 9 April: Bundoora Park Far, Bundoora - 1pm-3pm

Sunday 11 April: Penders Park, Thornbury - 10am-12pm

Week beginning 12 April (School Holidays)

Monday 12 April : Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir (at the Capoeira sessions) 10am and 11am

Tuesday 13 April: All Nations Park, Northcote (at the Capoeira sessions) 10am and 11am

Sunday 18 April: Preston Market 10am-1pm

Stay tuned to find out more of the locations and times of the engagement events.

If you would like to speak to someone in your preferred language about the Toy Library review, please contact us or call 8470 8470 to be connected to a Language Aide or an interpreter.

What happens next?

Once we have heard from the community, we will review the findings, analyse our research and provide final recommendations for the Toy Library Service Review. We aim to complete the review by the end of June 2021.

After the review is completed, we will let the community know the outcome.