Gympie Toy Library manager Karen Kennedy with educational resources purchased from the grant money.
Gympie Toy Library manager Karen Kennedy with educational resources purchased from the grant money. Tanya Easterby

Education grant will boost resources for toy library

COOLOOLA Community Toy Library has received a $98,000 grant to provide resources to Gympie children with special needs and specific educational requirements.

Part of this funding has also enabled the toy library to start a pick-up and drop-off service of educational games and equipment throughout the region.

The project is staffed by five keen women who are excited by the prospect of being part of the work force again and being able to interact with schools in a positive and productive way.

Each toy library representative is assigned a zone with the school/groups in each zone determined by location.

The funding, which will provide educational resources to schools, kindergartens and other educational groups in the Gympie region for the next three years, will cover equipment, wages, travel and operational costs.

The grant is made available to non-school organisations and administered through Education Queensland.

The Cooloola Community Toy Library Resource Centre is an educational support service offered to all the community and caters for children with special needs from birth to 18 years within the Gympie Region and adjacent areas.

The centre works in conjunction with schools, therapists and other support centres.

The therapy equipment, educational games and play items are aimed at helping targeted children reach their educational and therapeutic goals and thus enabling them to participate more within their communities.

There are no limits on who uses the resources and there are no restrictions on the number of children who use them.

Member schools can borrow as a group, as an individual teacher or individual student.

Schools have been invited to make specific resource requests so that the funding can be used suitably and effectively.

The toy library is upstairs in the SkillCentred building in upper Mary St.

It has more than 7000 items in stock with more being purchased continually and is also open for general toy borrowing.

Inquiries to manager Karen Kennedy on 0408 845 831.