Midlothian PlayBase Resource Centre is a charitable organisation based in the grounds of Newbattle Community Learning Centre in Newtongrange, writes Rhonda Philip.
We work in partnership with and are funded by Midlothian Council Early Years department. PlayBase is a toy library with a difference. We work mainly with early learning and childcare groups, education professionals and Peep practitioners in Midlothian. Children make sense of their world through play and our resource centre provides a wide range of educational resources aimed at supporting all areas of a child’s development.
The resources provide our members with opportunities to encourage, support and extend the children’s play by offering broader learning through play experiences.
We have a diverse membership base which includes nurseries, primary schools, playgroups, partnership centres, after school clubs, child-minders, Additional Support Needs groups and parent groups. We currently have 116 members using our services supporting over 2,000 children in Midlothian.
The benefits of a PlayBase membership include access to a variety of good quality resources, age and developmental appropriate resources, affordable and accessible service, informed examples of good educational practice, and a low carbon footprint (borrowing instead of buying).
Local support is essential to the growth of our service. Our recent successful grant application to the Dean Tavern will allow us to develop local heritage resources aimed at connecting children to where they live and the history and geography behind that.
We are currently looking for support from the local community and businesses to develop much needed resources to support children with sensory impairment. Through our new “Sponsor a Box Scheme” which will be rolled out in the autumn we hope to engage the local community and businesses to support this work.
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