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Toy Library

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Gateshead's Toy Library is a community resource to improve play facilities for children and families in Gateshead. It provides a loaning service of toys and equipment and will provide a dedicated space for children and families with skilled staff on hand for information and advice.

Opening Times:

The Toy Library is open Tuesday - Friday 9:30am - 2pm at Chowdene Children’s Centre. It is closed each Monday. 

Browsing the catalogues:

All Children’s Centres in Gateshead have a full catalogue listing all of the toys available to loan.


Toy LibraryWho is it for?

  • Parents/ Carers
  • Day Nurseries
  • Childminders
  • Children's Centres
  • Crèches
  • Pre-schools
  • Playgroups
  • Out of School Clubs
  • Holiday Care Schemes

What is available?

  • Loan of a wide range of toys
  • Play equipment for children and parents/ carers / practitioners
  • Information and advice about play
  • A friendly meeting place for parents and carers

Helping children:

  • By giving access to a rich variety of high quality toys
  • By finding toys to suit the abilities of children with special needs
  • By enabling all children to develop vital skills

Supporting parents and carers:

  • In discovering the appropriate toys and play activities for their children
  • In understanding the role of play in child development
  • In developing their parenting skills

Contact Us

Chowdene Children's Centre
Waverley Road

Phone: 0191 433 6300