We want the children to have fun with the toys from our collection, but members are responsible for the toys that they borrow. Whilst we understand that accidents will happen, there may be small fees applied if a toy is damaged, lost or has pieces missing.
Members are responsible for the toys they borrow, this includes:
Correct use of toys
Choosing age-appropriate toys
Taking care with small parts and magnets
Not leaving toys outside in the elements
Bronze & Silver members borrowing period = 3 weeks
Gold members borrowing period = 4 weeks
Members are allowed to renew toys only once during the load period to ensure that other members have access to the toys.
Please let the coordinator know if there is ever any issues with our toys, so we can keep our collection engaging and safe for your children.
Members are required to return toys cleaned and ready for the next member to borrow. Please see below for our quick guide to cleaning the toys.
Members are responsible for making sure that their children wear helmets whilst using bikes and scooters.
The Toy Library does not provide batteries for toys. It is the borrower's responsibility to provide batteries if required.
If a toy is returned late an overdue fee of $1 per toy per week will be charged. Fees will not be charged for any public holidays or school holidays when the library is closed. The focus of the Toy Library is to have the toys returned and available for other members, not to make money from fines.
Toys need to be returned in the condition that they were borrowed with all pieces intact. Members need to check all pieces before borrowing.
If you are missing pieces, you can re-borrow the toy to locate the missing piece. If you cannot find the missing piece, fines are as follows:
$2 per missing piece
$10 per missing battery cover
$2 for damaged or missing packaging
Replacement cost or item of same brand/value for missing puzzle piece
Missing Puzzle Pieces
A puzzle isn’t as fun with missing pieces! Missing Pieces means we have to remove the puzzle from our collection. Please help us keep the pizzazz in our puzzle collection by agreeing to our Puzzle Policy.
I will check within 24 hours that my borrowed puzzle has the correct number of pieces. If any pieces are missing, I will email the toy library straight away.
If a piece goes missing during play, I agree to renew the puzzle so I can keep searching for it (it will turn up!)
If I still can’t find it, I agree to pay for the toy library to replace the puzzle, or I will replace it myself with a puzzle of the same brand/value.
I agree to replace the puzzle (or pay for its replacement) before borrowing any more toys.
For general cleaning baby wipes will be your best friend! They are easy to use, readily available for most of our members and the kids can help too.
For toys which are quite soiled please wash well with hot, soapy water and rinse. Please do not immerse the toys in water as sometimes water can get in and cannot be removed.
If the toy is very dirty use a toothbrush or satay stick with cotton wool to make fine buds that can be used to clean all edges, nooks and crannies so that the toy is perfectly clean. Dry the toy with a clean tea towel.
If your child has been ill, please disinfect the toys, but do not soak them in disinfectant as this can remove the colour from some plastics. The disinfectant wipes that you can buy from the supermarket are great!
Toys which must be cleaned before returning are...
Please wipe down items babies have been mouthing with a hot soapy cloth and rinse. Do not immerse these toys in water. Sometimes water gets in and cannot be removed. Rinse all baby toys well of all soap detergent, or use bicarb.
Do need cleaning, in fact, more thoroughly than most other toys. Use a grease removing formula and preferably a little disinfectant as well. Let them air dry for a day or two before putting them back in their bag.
Allow time to hand wash with a mild detergent such as wool wash and dry.
These must be well cleaned as most are used inside as well. Immerse in laundry tub. To remove all sand, keep rinsing under running water. Involve your child in the cleaning when removing all dirt and sand.
These must be cleaned despite being outside toys, as lots of families use them indoors too. Please do not leave outside overnight, in the rain, or in the hot sun, as their colour will deteriorate very quickly.
Duplo & Construction sets
Wash well with toothbrush and hot soapy water. Rinse and leave to drain overnight on a tea towel. A hairdryer is handy, but ensure it is not too hot.
Wipe over all wooden puzzles with a hot, soapy, damp (not wet) cloth.
Board Games and Cardboard puzzles
Quickly wipe over all pieces with a hot, damp (but not wet) cloth, cleaning all pieces. If there are any stubborn spots gently scrub with a slightly damp cloth.