This role is to assist library staff and volunteers with toddlers and young children’s sessions in the library. This might include Bounce and Rhyme sessions, storytime, or crafts and other activities.
These are enjoyable social and educational sessions that encourage interaction skills for toddler and young children through sharing rhymes, songs, stories or simple crafts. The sessions contribute to language and social development in toddlers and young children and increase parental confidence.
This role is suitable for you if:
- you’re enthusiastic about encouraging toddlers and young children’s development
- you’re looking for experience volunteering to help young children’s activities
Anyone is welcome to apply to volunteer: parents, carers, grandparents, people looking for a career working with young children.
As a toddlers' activities helper you will be:
- helping prepare for regular toddler and young children’s activities in advance of sessions, including preparing activities and crafts, and setting-out equipment
- welcoming parents and carers as they arrive
- joining in singing of rhymes, songs and dance movement; joining story telling; helping with craft activities
- using libraries’ resources for songs, stories and crafts
- making sure charges and donations are taken, where appropriate
- helping with refreshments if provided
- helping clear equipment at the end of sessions
Required skills, experience, interests and knowledge
You will need:
- reliability and the ability to make a regular commitment to the library
- clear communication skills
- a patient and sympathetic attitude
- ability to join and share songs, stories and crafts
- ability to manage physical activities with young children
- enjoyment in helping with toddlers and young children and their parents and carers
Benefits of volunteering
By volunteering in this role, you will get:
- new skills, experience and knowledge of toddlers and young children and parents and carers
- boost to your communication skills and confidence
- friends and social contact
- evidence for your CV
- reference for future employment
Hours of volunteering
Each session lasts around 30 minutes, plus planning, preparation and clearing times before and after sessions. The days and times vary by library location and some run only during school term-time.
We would appreciate a commitment for at least 12 months but are flexible in this.
This role will be based at one of Bracknell Forest’s libraries. This will be agreed between you and the library supervisor.
No travel is expected for this role. If needed, volunteers can ask for reimbursement of reasonable expenses for travel.
Training and support
You will receive the following training:
- induction, safety, safeguarding, general information about libraries
- confidentiality awareness
- opportunities to learn about child development
You will receive the following support:
- regular contact with the library supervisor and volunteer coordinator
- support from library staff to understand and undertake role
- opportunity to meet with other volunteers
The volunteering process
We will then send you an application form to fill in.
You will also need to:
- attend at a short, informal interview/meeting
- give us details of 2 references
We will process the required Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Scheme check for you for free.
After making an application
If your volunteering application is successful, once we have your references and a satisfactory DBS check, we will agree your training and session start dates and times for your role.