TLA-KE’s Toy Library model provides a paradigm shift on play-based early learning practices and how to make play come alive through its scalable and cost effective approach.
A toy library is a high impact programme that provides a framework for play and play-based learning, as well as training on how to use games, toys and play sessions to encourage child development, using a collection of cost effective play and educational materials to encourage child development.
All ECD practitioners, especially those working in marginalized and underprivileged communities should be equipped with knowledge of how the toy library concept works to implement play-based early learning programmes. The toy library uses a theme kit that provides a learning strategy consisting of toys, games, books and many other resources. This programme focuses on providing training and resources to families, early learning facilitators (elfs), children and organizations working with children, to achieve their holistic development. Playful parenting is among programmes offered to improve parenting skills.
Early Learning Playgroups
Our programmes provide solutions to gaps in early childhood development, with strategic approaches to the development of children between 0-3 years, 4-5 years and 6-8 years, through a play-based pedagogy. Our structured play sessions are anchored on clear objectives and they are age-appropriate. They develop language, problem solving skills and foster holistic development. Our organized free-flow play sessions are inspired by Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS). They provide a richer learning environment for young children and opportunities for experiential learning and exploration. Playful parenting guidelines are also provided.
TLA-KE supports ECD by disseminating information regarding quality ECD practices and equipping interested individuals and organizations with skills and knowledge around toy library concept and play programmes. The following courses are offered to assist in the replication of toy libraries, improvement of playgroup programmes and support of ECD programmes.
- Toy Library Set-up and Administration
- Play-based Learning with Toys
- Stimulation (First 1000 Days)
- Making Toys from Waste Materials
- Playful Parenting