(Subject to funding)
We offer ’free play’ in a welcoming environment for children, parents and carers to meet, make friendships and learn vital new skills by playing together in a stimulating safe space.
The opportunity to meet others relieves social isolation, improves their emotional well-being and strengthens community.
Our skilled team deliver a confidential service supporting children’s learning using quality resources that are in-line with the Early Years Foundation Stage.
We offer a tailor-made service to children with special educational needs and disabilities of specialised resources such as fibre optic lights, sensory kits along with sound memory busy boxes etc.
No appointment needed, just turn up.
If you wish to visit when it's quieter to access advice and help please ring for an available appointment or email us
Bolton Toy Library
based at Birtenshaw College
(Off Tonge Moor Road)
Bolton BL2 2HW
From Tonge Moor Road driving out of Bolton turn right down Glaisdale Street heading towards Glaisdale Close.
Birtenshaw College is directly facing you.
Please park on the car park or safely on the side streets, we are situated on the first floor.
Please press our intercom to access the building.
Bolton Toy Library is a registered charity established in 1981, providing therapeutic play opportunities across the borough for 35 years.
Our ethos is to improve outcomes for children, young people and vulnerable adults by providing therapeutic play and specialised resources improving their life’s chances.
At our base we provide stimulating free play through ‘drop ins’, play & loan sessions, ‘1:1 sessions’ for parents, grand-parents, and foster carers.
Our skilled staff and volunteers offer a warm welcome; come along to one of our sessions, 'drop in', 'play & loan' and '1:1 sessions' available for families and professionals
we have a wide range of play, specialised, learning resources to meet your developments. All resources are available for loan (average 60p per week). A home delivery service is available for a small charge.
We run a range of activities including seasonal / themed events and a fundraising programme. A range of volunteer opportunities are available.
Childminders, Childcare providers, Nurseries and schools can loan specalist educational needs and disability resources, which can be delivered by our outreach team.
Group visits of children are available by appointment.
Our quality resources meet with Early Years Foundation Stage and have been acknowledged in Ofsted Reports as improving enhanced provision and learning outcomes.
This project provides a 20 hour service both at the Base and outreach.
The opportunity for parents to play with their child in a non-threatening environment enables children and parents to improve their social and emotional well-being.
We support 180 parents/carers to improve the home learning environment.
We have recently accessed a Parenting Trainer to deliver free Workshops.
During the year parents were involved in seasonal events fund-raising.
100 children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities have been supported through the loan of specialised resources and play sessions.
We provide outreach ‘play & loan’ sessions in 3 Children’s Centres - Alexandra, Crompton and Orchards.
Families benefit from free resources along with skilled staff supporting their learning.
Childcare Providers, Foster Carers and families’ access free play sessions.
A lone parent of a child with autism stated
‘..the loan of the weighted blanket has been given me the best night’s sleep in seven years’
We take referrals from Health / Education / Social Care and Disability Team
We are the only provider of quality specialised resources in Bolton.
The focus of this project is to improve the life’s chances of 200 disadvantaged children under 4 years of age by providing play opportunities to learn vital skills.
This grant provides 7 hours of therapeutic play and loan at the Toy Library base and through the outreach/home delivery service.
new Foster Carer of a child with complex disabilities age 2½ years, having no appropriate equipment to support his physical needs.
Foster Team/Disability Officer referred to our service.
With this funding we purchased a soft foam multi activity ring that was ideal for him to join in and play with other children.
‘…I can’t believe what a difference this has made, he has started to be hold his head up and they never thought he would achieve this’