The Walthamstow Toy Library and Play Centre is an educational charity which provides babies and children under the age of five with a stimulating and creative learning environment. 

WTL&PC’s mission is to provide a safe and stimulating place for young children and their parents and carers to play, learn and interact.  Six aims underpin this mission.  These are to: 

  • Support children aged under five to learn and develop and to prepare for nursery education;
  • Promote bonding and attachment between children and their parents or carers;
  • Reduce isolation and help parents to develop supportive social networks;
  • Promote the health and well-being of children and families;
  • Enable access to our services from all sections of our local community particularly those on a low income; and
  • Represent the aims and interests of our members.

 In order to achieve these aims, our work is based around the following objectives: 

  • Provide a friendly, welcoming and safe environment for children and their parents or carers;
  • Run high-quality, structured play sessions led by experienced play workers, based around the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum;
  • Make available a diverse range of toys for play and learning, providing play ideas for parents and carers to use at home;
  • Maximise access to our services, especially among those on low incomes;
  • Work in partnership with other organisations, both locally and nationally, to promote our aims; and
  • Involve our members in evaluating, improving and running our services. 

In all our work we aim to adhere to our core values by providing services that are:

  • Child-centred
  • Supportive
  • Fun
  • Sustainable
  • Community-based
  • Educational

The centre is run by a volunteer management committee of local parents and carers. It’s open to all members, and new recruits are always very welcome and we have four part time staff. 

Centre Manager: Helen Crockford  (
Play Workers: Nina Sosaveron, Kelly Hayes and Carol Slaney