Across Victoria, many families are doing it tough and facing cost of living pressures. This makes simple things like buying age appropriate quality toys for their children out of reach for many.
Play is vital for children to develop and increase their language and early literacy skills, as well as their social and emotional wellbeing, self-regulation and resilience.
Toy libraries also offer an environmentally sustainable alternative for parents who are consciously trying to reduce waste.
Following the broadcast of the ABC’s War on Waste this year, toy libraries reported a huge surge in membership and visitors who want to play their part in tackling our mounting waste crisis.
The Greens’ will provide $5.6 million to help 20,000 families and over 40,000 children borrow toys from toy libraries in over 115 locations across Victoria.
The boost would also provide free memberships for 5,000 low-income families who are doing it tough, or in receipt of a concession card, to ensure that all Victorian kids have the chance to play and learn.
This initiative will make toys available to all children, reducing pressures on parents, and setting children up to succeed.
Debbie Williams, President of Toy Libraries Australia:
"This announcement acknowledges the key role of Victorian toy libraries in encouraging play based learning and we thank the Victorian Greens for their support.”
"We thank the Victorian Greens for supporting the thousands of volunteers who run toy libraries and committing to equal access for all families to toy libraries"
“Imagine a community collection of toys, lovingly cared for and shared among families. This is a toy library. Toy libraries provide a wide range of toys for their members while reducing the number of new toys which families feel pressured to buy, therefore reducing waste and environmental impact.”