Children’s imaginative play and social connections between parents will be nurtured with a $5,000 grant from Labor to enable Darwin Toy Library to improve and expand their resources for local families.
Established in 1978, Darwin Toy Library is the biggest toy library in Australia by location size, and it supports more than 450 families and 900 children in the Darwin community.
Toy Libraries are a valuable community resource for those families unable to afford to provide toys and educational aids to their children, as well as families who would like to provide a range of toys without costing the earth. They encourage play-based learning and social development in babies and young children and help facilitate friendships and peer support for their parents and carers.
Parents and carers who are members of the Darwin Toy Library can make friends in a welcoming, safe environment and give their children access to a range of educational toys and developmental experiences at low or no cost.
Labor will provide $5,000 for the Darwin Toy Library to purchase new toys, books and educational aids and expand its footprint in the community – delivering new joy and support for local families.
Labor is committed to doing more to promote early childhood development.
Labor has announced the biggest ever investment in early childhood education in Australia with the $1.75 billion National Preschool and Kindy Program.
Labor’s plan will see around 700,000 three and four year olds access preschool and kindy every year. This will also help parents balance work and family and help reduce the child care bill for families with children already in early education.
In the NT, Labor’s plan will deliver an additional $11 million over the next four years and support 11,000 three and four year olds to receive subsidised access to quality early learning.
TUESDAY 29 JANUARY 2019