Signing In

Everyone using the toy library signs in on the daily register at reception. This information informs the city council who is using the children’s centre and helps them plan for the future.

Families often visit and play in the toy library without joining or between swapping sessions.

Joining the Toy Library

There’s a simple membership form to complete; we can assist if needed and we don’t ask for I.D. or proof of address.

The membership fee is paid in cash and a receipt is given. This is renewed each year. The current fees are:

£2 per year for an unwaged family or individual.
£5 per year for a waged family or individual.
£2 per year for a student or childminder.
£10 per year for a community group.
£20 per year for a commercial or statutory group.

Borrowing Resources

ECP Toy Library

Members can then choose books and toys to take home. Not sure what to borrow? We are there to help with play ideas and choosing age appropriate books and toys.

We write down the list of of what you are taking home and we keep a copy. Some folk take a photo of this sheet each time but we always have a copy if you lose yours.

Taking Resources Home

Our games, puzzles and resources with bits and pieces are in plastic zip wallets, all labelled telling you what is stored in it, how many pieces, etc.


We usually have some donated plastic carrier bags available if you don’t have one with you. Alternatively you can purchase one of our canvas bags for a minimum donation of £3.50.

ECP Canvas Bag

Returning Resources

Resources can be kept at home for up to two months. We put the return date on your borrowing sheet to help you keep track of this.

If you want to return resources when we are closed, they can be left at the children’s centre reception with your name.

Once a toy has been returned we clean it. Toys can’t be borrowed again until they have been cleaned and during busy periods this can cause a delay in the availability of some of our more popular items.