We are a registered charity established May 1981, based at Harvey Start Well Centre, Bolton, with good standing in the local community. We
have a trusted track record of supporting children, young people and their families to improve their
Our team of staff and volunteers provide welcoming ‘drop-ins’ encouraging children (0-11 years) and their families to interact in a safe play space, modelling good practice whilst building their skills.
We loan quality, learning resources and specialised resources for families, childcare settings and
practitioners across Bolton within Health, Education, Social Care, settings..
Our Multi-Sensory room offers a therapeutic calming space where children can regulate their emotions and explore their environment. We are based in a Local Authority building; we signpost and network with our partners to ensure good practice and safeguarding.
We link with CVS, Bolton Together and other agencies to improve outcomes for children, young people & families.
We offer ’free play’ in a welcoming environment for children, parents and carers to meet,
make friendships and learn vital new skills by playing together in a stimulating safe space.
The opportunity to meet others relieves social isolation, improves their emotional well-being and strengthens community.
Our skilled team deliver a confidential service supporting children’s learning using quality resources that are in-line with the Early Years Foundation Stage.
We offer a tailor-made service to children with special educational needs and disabilities of specialised resources such as fibre optic lights, sensory kits along with sound memory busy boxes etc.
Bolton Toy Library is a registered charity established in 1981, providing therapeutic play opportunities across the borough.
"Our ethos is to improve outcomes for children, young people and vulnerable adults by providing therapeutic play and specialised resources improving their life’s chances."
At our base we provide stimulating free play through ‘drop ins’, play & loan sessions, ‘1:1 sessions’ for parents, grand-parents, and foster carers.
Our skilled staff and volunteers offer a warm welcome; come along to one of our sessions, 'drop in', 'play & loan' and '1:1 sessions' available for families and professionals
we have a wide range of play, specialised, learning resources to meet your developments. All resources are available for loan (average 60p per week). A home delivery service is available for a small charge.
We run a range of activities including seasonal / themed events and a fundraising programme. A range of volunteer opportunities are available.
Childminders, Childcare providers, Nurseries and schools can loan specalist educational needs and disability resources, which can be delivered by our outreach team.
Group visits of children are available by appointment.
Our quality resources meet with Early Years Foundation Stage and have been acknowledged in Ofsted Reports as improving enhanced provision and learning outcomes.
This project supports children and their families with special educational needs, disabilities (SEND), additional needs and those going through a diagnosis.
This project provides targeted support to diverse young children (0-3 years) and their families in the local community. It enables the integration of Refugee and Asylum Seeker families into the community with existing Host groups. We provide themed play sessions modelling positive behaviour, promoting the understanding of other cultures, faiths, beliefs improving tolerance and strengthening the community.
This project supports the Emotional Health and Well Being of young children (2-5) years. Our delivery is through a 3-strand approach:
We would like to say a huge thank you for the continued support we recieve to keep this vital community service running.