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Early years professionals

Medway Libraries offers a range of services for children's centres, pre-schools, toddler groups, health centres and all other early years settings.

In addition to our wide range of books and eBooks aimed at children, early years professionals can access the services below.

Early years groups

Photo of children holding handsBring your early years group to your local library. Interactive story-telling and rhyme sessions can inspire young children to develop a life-long love of language and literacy. Friendly and knowledgeable library staff will be on hand to help children choose books to take away.  If you would like to join the children to the library before you visit so that they can borrow books on the day please ask when you book your visit.

 

Too far away to visit a local library? Let us come to you

Photo of girl looking up the roadMedway Libraries has an enthusiastic team of library staff willing to visit your setting and offer fun and interactive sessions to promote and encourage library use. Medway libraries operate two mobile libraries that may stop near you. Phone 01634 337799 for more information.

 

Books for use in your early years setting

Big Book Reading Medway Libraries offer book boxes suitable for early years settings. Early years professionals are entitled to an Educator's library card, enabling them to borrow an additional 30 books. This card can be used to reserve topic books, "oversize" books, dual language books, books in braille or during visits to the library. Contact a Community Librarian - children and young people on 01634 337799 to find out more or to request a box of topic books.

Story sacks

Come on Daisy Story sackA story sack is a large cloth bag containing a picture book with supporting materials to stimulate reading activities. This may include soft toys of the main characters, artefacts relating to items in the story and non-fiction books to support the story.

 

Bookstart

Bookstart treasure packBookstart is a national programme working through locally-based organisations to give free packs of books to babies, toddlers and pre-school children with guidance materials for parents and carers.