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Toy Well establishes volunteer-run free toy lending services for children and families experiencing hardship in Community Hubs located in primary schools, with a particular focus on migrant and refugee families.

In doing so, Toy Well:

  • provides more opportunities for children and their parents to engage in high-quality play-based learning at home, which improves children’s social, physical, cognitive and emotional skills, leading to improved school readiness;

  • educates parents about the importance of play-based learning for young children;

  • creates a safe and enjoyable context for families to meet, create friendships and develop support networks;

  • provides volunteer and work opportunities for parents who oversee the toy library;

  • provides an entry point to engage with other social services co-located with the toy library.

Toy Well is funded by the Trawalla Foundation and the Besen Family Foundation.

There are Toy Well toy libraries at the following schools:

  • Dandenong: Dandenong Primary School, Doveton College

  • Greater Geelong: Bell Park North Primary School, Northern Bay College Family Centre and Peacock

  • Hume: Broadmeadows Valley Primary School, Dallas Brooks Community Primary School, St Dominic's Primary School

  • Wyndham: Davis Creek Primary School, Truganina South Primary School


If you are interested in supporting the Toy Well program please contact Toy Libraries Australia at