Ann-Marie McMillan is the founder and manager of Derbyshire Toy Libraries.
In this episode, Ann-Marie covers:
- The circumstances that led her to set up a new toy library. [Starts at 2:15]
- The importance of funding, volunteers and training. [Starts at 4:46]
- The benefits of a patron. [Starts at 8:48]
- Developing outreach and expansion. [Starts at 11:40]
- Getting the right systems in place and optimising the utility of toys. [Starts at 14:04]
- Purposeful play packs and supporting families in need. [Starts at 18:07]
- Responding to the pandemic with a click and collect service. [Starts at 19:27]
- The ‘Young at Heart’ project for intergenerational play. [Starts at 24:20]
- Achieving recognition from the Queen and the International Toy Library Association. [Starts at 26:12]
- Green activities outside of the toy library. [28:50]
- Top eco recommendations: join a toy library; avoid faddy, cheap toys; don’t put too much pressure on yourself, see it as a journey. [31:50]
- What the world looks like in 2050 – learning through play will still be important. [33:39]
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