Welcome to the Berwick Toy Library 

We are a not for profit community toy lending service run entirely by a committee of member volunteers. We hope that your family will use this service regularly and have many hours of enjoyment as a result.  We have an exciting range of play materials which are shared amongst the toy library community.  Our collection includes over 700 toys, ride-ons, puzzles, musical instruments, games, sporting and outdoor equipment. 

Contact Details

Timbarra Community Centre, Timbarra Way, Berwick (In the playgroup room)

Email:  berwicktoylibrary@gmail.com 

Web: http://berwicktoylibrary.com.au/

Search for Berwick Toy Library on Facebook and Instagram.    

Facebook group- Members Only You can find this on our facebook page under groups.

Membership 

We invite families with children who would benefit from our collection to join. We specifically cater for the 0-6 age range, and while older children are welcome, they may find our collection limited depending on their needs, interests and abilities.

There is an annual membership fee of $50 per family.

Communication

Newsletter Email: We send out a fortnightly newsletter which includes membership updates, duty rosters, upcoming events, toy ideas and safety information. It is a condition of membership that all members read this.

Text Messages: Additionally, we may send you information regarding your membership via email or text message. We aim to send out duty reminders via text, however this cannot be guaranteed so it is important you check the newsletter for your duty time.


Contact Us: At any time during your membership you are welcome to contact us with any queries, concerns or feedback by emailing berwicktoylibrary@gmail.com.

Session Timetables

We hold sessions every second Saturday during the school terms from 9:30 – 11:00 am. We aim to keep the sessions at the same day and time, however, occasionally these may need modifying due to volunteer and room availability.

You can check our session dates at any time on our website and Facebook Page. We also email these out every term.

Borrowing Information 

Family Membership: Each child listed on your membership can borrow up to 4 toys per fortnight.

Borrowing Period: Toys are hired for one fortnight unless over a holiday period. If you are unable to return your items please email berwicktoylibrary@gmail.com to arrange a renewal (only one renewal per borrowing period permitted). Overdue fees of $5 per fortnight apply after toys have been on loan for 4 weeks (irrespective of the number of toys overdue). Toys must be returned by the final session each year for stocktake and maintenance over the summer holidays.

‘Share the Love’ toys: You may only borrow one of these toys per borrowing period. They include some our most popular and expensive toys. These toys are clearly identified with a heart on the label.

Batteries 

Some of our toys require batteries. We aim to keep working batteries in our toys, however unavoidably sometimes they become flat. Members are welcome to replace with new batteries at home and remove them prior to returning (or you are welcome to leave them in). Please ensure batteries are kept out of reach of children at all times and battery compartments are tightly secured as per manufacturers guidelines.

Cleaning 

All toys, puzzles and borrowed items must be thoroughly cleaned before they are returned. Some toys should not be submerged in water such as battery operated toys and wooden toys. For these a ‘spray and wipe’ should suffice. Please use a toothbrush to get into the grooves of toys like duplo and playsets. Members are also encouraged to clean their toys prior to borrowing if desired.

If you have had a communicable illness in your house it is important that toys are sanitized prior to returning. You should also notify us in advance so we can ensure they are placed out of circulation for the required period.

Toy Care

Please ensure children are supervised when using items from the Toy Library and do not have access to writing instruments, scissors etc and do not damage items. If reasonable care has not been taken to ensure the condition of items, replacement fees may be charged.

Selecting Toys

Not all our toys are suitable for all children. Therefore, in order to reduce damage and increase your child’s safety we encourage you to adhere to the following when selecting toys:

Duty 

All members are required to volunteer for duty at least once per term. Being ‘on duty’ involves putting toys away or helping out on the borrowing / returns table. Please arrive 15 minutes early and be prepared to stay back 15 minutes to assist your Session Leader. Anyone wishing to assist more than this is welcome.  Children are welcome to attend while you are on duty, however need to be adequately supervised at all times. 

Being ‘on duty’ entitles you to a BONUS TOY and first preference on any toys available.  A final roster will be emailed out prior to the commencement of each term. If you are unable to attend duty on your rostered day please email berwicktoylibrary@gmail.com in advance to reschedule. Failure to turn up to your duty without notice will result in a $20 fine, payable on your next borrowing session.  

If you are available to complete additional duties during the year then please email berwicktoylibrary@gmail.com as we would love to have you.

Additional Charges

Lost/damaged pieces:  Lost/damaged pieces will incur a charge of $5 per piece (for most pieces).  This is refundable on the return of the lost piece/s as long as returned within that term.  Larger losses/damage (particularly for our more expensive toys or key pieces) will be dealt with individually and may include repair fees or full replacement costs. It is your responsibility to count toys prior to borrowing as pieces will be assumed lost/damaged if you have taken the toy without notifying the Session Leader of a missing/ damaged piece. Damage may include a child drawing on items, or breaking pieces off. If you notice an issue with a toy when you take it home, please email us and notify us straight away.

Failure to Return Items: A fee of up to $150 per item is payable if toys are lost or not returned upon the cessation of your membership. This will be determined by the committee and dependent upon the replacement cost, age of toy and number of previous borrows.

Duty Non Attendance: Each member is required to attend for duty once per term. If you do not attend your scheduled duty then a $20 fine will be applied to your account.

Overdue Fees- Toys are borrowed for 2 weeks and may be renewed once. After 4 weeks overdue fees begin to accumulate at a rate of $5 per fortnight ($10 for Family Daycares).

Health and Safety

We take the health, safety and wellbeing of our members very seriously. Each fortnight we include a health/safety reminder in the newsletter as well as a link to all out health/safety information. Our bulletin at the front of the room also includes all our health/safety information and we encourage you to review this each time you borrow. We also include our health/safety information as a pdf in your welcome email.

Toys with small parts, small balls and magnets should have warnings on the label. If you notice these are missing please notify us immediately.

Our Rules/ Berwick Toy Library Operation Policy

Please note: This is a copy of the Terms you agreed to during your online sign up.

This is a Community Toy Library and is run completely by a volunteer committee.  Berwick Toy Library does not employ any paid staff.

We depend on the co-operation of all members in order for our sessions to run efficiently, keep our toys in good condition and to maintain appropriate safety standards.

All general members are required to:

  • Pay annual membership fee ($50 for families, $100 for Family Daycare members)
  • Complete at least one rostered duty per term (a $20 fine per duty is payable for not attending a scheduled duty without reasonable notice or if you are unable to attend a duty within the term)
  • Take all reasonable care with items, ensuring that children are supervised and do not have access to writing instruments, scissors etc when playing with items.
  • Review fortnightly newsletter and notify the toy library if it was not received.
  • Return items at the next borrowing session or contact berwicktoylibrary@gmail.com in advance if unable to do so items can be renewed. Items may be renewed once only. Overdue fees of $5 per week after 4 weeks on loan apply.
  • Clean items prior to returning. If they have been in contact with a communicable illness they should also be sanitized, and notification sent to us via email prior to their return.
  • Count items prior to borrowing and prior to returning ($5 fine per missing or damaged piece). Note: larger losses or damages will be dealt with individually. Fines will be refunded if missing pieces or toys ‘turn up’ within a reasonable timeframe, at the discretion of the committee.
  • Pay charge of up to $150 per item if lost/damaged beyond repair and needing replacement. This includes returning toys in poor condition with drawing/fading or pieces broken.
  • Pay charge of up to $150 per item for failure to return items when ceasing Toy Library membership.
  • Notify the Session Leader immediately of any broken, damaged or unsafe toys or email berwicktoylibrary@gmail.com
  • Notify the Session Leader immediately of any injuries or safety risks observed.
  • Be aware that our Child Safe Policy, Code of Conduct, Statement of Commitment, Emergency Management Plan as well as all procedures, policies and the constitution are available to sight at members request.
  • Supervise own children at all times when attending the toy library.

All general members are invited to:

  • Contribute to and assist with fundraisers
  • Assist with our annual stocktake
  • Attend our quarterly committee meeting or Annual General Meeting
  • Train as a Session Leader (Current Working with Children Check required)
  • Join our committee (Current Working with Children Check required)
  • Assist with processing new toys
  • Provide feedback, suggest improvements or air grievances by emailing berwicktoylibrary@gmail.com

Please retain this information for future reference

BERWICK TOY LIBRARY – WAIVER, RELEASE AND INDEMNITY FOR BICYCLE AND SCOOTERS

Please note: This is a copy of the Waiver you agreed to during your online sign up.

The BERWICK TOY LIBRARY (“Provider”) is pleased to make bicycles and scooters available to subscribers (“the Service”).

As a subscriber to the Service you acknowledge that there are dangers and risks inherent with bicycle and scooter riding (the “Activity”) to which any child under your supervision (“Your Child”) may be exposed.

The Provider does not provide protective clothing or bicycle helmets and it is your responsibility to ensure that Your Child wears a helmet at all times and is otherwise appropriately attired when participating in the Activity. You agree that Your Child will participate in the Activity at your own risk. You also agree to voluntarily assume responsibility for supervising the Activity and any injury, death or property damage you or Your Child may suffer or cause as a result of participating in the Activity.

To the maximum extent possible at law, you (both in your personal capacity and on behalf of Your Child) agree to release, hold harmless and indemnify the Provider and its respective officers, employees, servants, agents and contractors (the “Indemnified Persons”) against all actions, claims, suits, costs, expenses, demands and damages suffered or incurred by the Indemnified Persons or any one or more of them by reason of, or in respect of, or in any manner whatsoever arising out of, or caused by, your use of the Service or Your Child’s participation in the Activity.

You agree that you are subscribing to the Service on the express condition that the Provider:

(a) will, under no circumstances be liable or responsible in any manner whatsoever for any death, loss, accident, damage or injury to you, Your Child or any of your servants, agents, contractors, visitors or invitees or any other person whatsoever (“Related Party”) which may happen as a result of your use of the Service or Your Child participating in the Activity; and

(b) will not incur or be under any liability whatsoever to you, Your Child, or to any Related Party for any loss, damage or injury to or in respect of any of your property or of any Related Party’s property.

The Provider is not liable to you, Your Child or any Related Party in respect of any indirect or consequential loss. For the avoidance of doubt, ‘consequential loss’ means loss or damage arising from a breach of contract, tort (including negligence), under statute or any other basis in law or equity of an indirect or consequential nature including, but without limitation, loss of profits, loss of revenue, loss or denial of opportunity, loss of goodwill, loss of business reputation, future reputation or publicity, damage to credit rating and indirect, remote, abnormal or unforeseeable loss, or any similar loss whether or not in the reasonable contemplation of the parties.