Community Toy Library sessions

All families will need to complete a new registration form from 1st April 2021. You can either download and complete and email back or print off and bring along with you to the session. They will be available on the day to to complete.  2021 Family Registration Form.doc

We are asking all families to complete a gift aid form to allow us to claim back tax on memberships raised. Connors Toy Library - Gift Aid Form.docx

You need to book onto a session to attend, we are creating bubbles and limiting numbers in line with current guidelines.

We ask that one parent attends per family to allow spaces for other families to attend, please notify us if there is a reason both parents would need to be booked on.

Only those booked can attend the session, no extra family members, siblings or changes in names can be made during the term.

Face coverings must be worn (unless you are exempt), temperature checks will be taken and hand sanitiser must be used.

Please do not attend if you are feeling unwell of showing any Covid-19 symptoms.

There is a QR code for the venue you will be attending, please check in on arrival.  


HavelockHavelock Centre, Fawcett Road, Southsea, PO4 0LQ9.30-10.30 am
CopnorSt. Cuthberts Church Centre, Hayling Avenue, PO3 6EA9.30-10.30 am   
LandportLandport Community Centre, Charles Street, PO1 1JD1.00-2.00 pm


EastneyEastney Community Centre, Bransbury Park, PO4 9JY9.30-10.30 am    
PaulsgrovePaulsgrove Community Centre, Marsden Road, PO6 4JB9.30-10.30 am
Highbury Community Centre, Hawthorn Crescent, PO6 2TL1.00-2.00 pm        


Buckland         Buckland Family Hub, Turner Road, PO1 4PN                                                 9.30-10.30 am             

Anchoarge Park Anchorage Lodge, Sywell Crescent, Anchorage Park, PO3 5UB                              9.30-10.30 am                  
SomerstownSomerstown Community Hub, Somerstown Central, Rivers Street, PO5 4EZ9.30-10.30 am


Northern ParadeNorthern Parade Family Hub. Doyle Avenue, Hilsea, PO2 9NE                              9.30-10.30 am                 

All the groups provide a Covid safe environment for the families attending. Each has a booking register for the term with up to 15 adult spaces available. Parents have to wear masks (unless exempt), hand sanitiser is to be used and temperature checks are taken for everybody attending. Cleaning is carried out to make sure halls, toilets and communal areas are Covid safe for everyone attending. Groups are limited to 1 hour with the focus being on play - craft and refreshments will return when safe to do so. All staff have completed Covid training and infection prevention control.

Between April 19 and March 20 -

*we provided 412 stay, play and toy loan sessions across the City for parents, carers, professionals and grandparents to attend. 1289 families accessed a Toy Library session with 71 % borrowing to continue play at home.

*Families enjoyed the variety in settings ranging from large community halls, outdoor garden areas, quiet sensory rooms, small rooms and those providing various smaller areas to explore throughout the setting. Families will often visit more than one to find the one that most suits them and their child(ren). We can advise parents and carers which setting to attend if they are looking for something specific.

*1597 children enjoyed a Toy Library session, they made friends, gained confidence, learned negotiating skills, improved language skills and joined in messy play and craft activities, tried a variety of fruit and vegetables for their healthy snack. The children enjoy choosing a toy to borrow at the end of each session.

*297 Families attending our Toy Library community groups received early intervention support from our staff and volunteers, this support is provided through advice, support, signposting or referral onto another service if appropriate. 62 families received in depth support with 11 receiving on-going support with us revisiting these families to review their needs.

*Our Community Toy Library groups are supported by 18 volunteers, volunteers complete DBS checks, manual handling, safeguarding, food hygiene and paediatric first aid. Two of our volunteers have successfully completed a QCF level 2 and 3 in Early Years Childcare in the Workforce, continuing to volunteer for us whilst taking on further volunteering and paid employment.

*Our annual Survey showed that 70% of members felt that they had been able to improve their parenting skills, 90% had seen their children grow in confidence, 80% met other families in their local community, 71% borrowed toys to improve their child’s development and 75% state they have made new friends gaining peer support.

Throughout the year we provided Toy library sessions at the following venues:-

Havelock Centre, Southsea

St Cuthbert’s Centre, Copnor

Landport Family Hub

Eastney Community Centre

Hillside & Wymering Centre

Highbury Community Centre

Buckland Family Hub

Brunel Middle School, North End

Anchorage Lodge, Anchorage Park

Somerstown Hub

Portsea YMCA Centre

Northern Parade Family Hub

We are one of the few remaining voluntary services in Portsmouth supporting pre-school children and their parents. This allows us to have contact with the families to identify any concerns or issues including, developmental delays, post-natal depression, isolation, domestic abuse or parenting struggles. This covers the period of parents leaving their Health Visitor and children attending pre-school ensuring problems are not left to escalate or go unnoticed.