Current vacancies

Librarian (12-month contract)

Job Title: Toy Library Manager (Librarian)
Working Hours: Flexible. A maximum of 24 hours/week.
Working days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
Holiday: Included and based on hours worked.
Pay: £11.05 per hour. We pay the London Living Wage.
Reports to: Trustees of the Toy Library (mostly through the Chair of Trustees).
Location: Lewisham Shopping Centre, SE13 7EP.

Our Charitable Vision:
We encourage learning through play for Lewisham’s 0-8 year olds.

At Lewisham Toy Library, we believe the provision of play equipment and opportunities supports children in reaching their potential, enhances quality of life and improves their chances in adulthood.

We are looking for an additional Toy Library Manager to support us with our vision. We are seeking an enthusiastic and dedicated candidate to join our team for a fixed term 12 month contract.

Join us and support an exciting period of growth for the Toy Library. We are signing up record numbers of new members in the community and are hoping to move into new premises in time for our anniversary. To celebrate our 50th anniversary, we would like to focus on supporting more disadvantaged families that may require additional help with providing play opportunities for their children.

Main duties:

  • Work with the existing Toy Library Manager to promote, develop and deliver a service for members which is:
    • Welcoming
    • Positive
    • Inclusive
    • Confidential
  • Provides a high level of customer service
  • Manage volunteers, including :
    • Recruit and train to help with the development and delivery of toy library services.
    • Provide support and guidance and ensure they have everything necessary to undertake safe working.
  • Manage sales of toys donated to the Toy Library, including through online channels, in the library and at special events
  • Develop procedures for loans of toys including record keeping, cleaning and maintenance
  • Attend appropriate training programmes, publications and events
  • Attend quarterly Trustee meetings.

This job description is not an exhaustive list of duties and you will also be required to carry out any other duties which may reasonably be required of you in accordance with the needs of Lewisham Toy Library. You are also required to be flexible and adaptable with respect to your role.

Qualifications and Experience:

QUALIFICATIONS:Relevant childcare qualification 
EXPERIENCE:Experience working with children 0-9 years old, especially in early education, childcare or play Supporting parentsManaging others Administrative tasksIT systems such as databases and emailRetail salesRunning a similar service, such as a toy library or similar family-related play / childcare / community serviceWorking in a voluntary / community organisation
KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING:Basic understanding of early child developmentAn understanding and commitment to safeguarding children and vulnerable adultsUnderstanding of and commitment to equality and diversity.Lending schemes, e.g. toy library servicesEYFSEarly years organisations and groupsStatutory services
SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES:Self-starter, able to use initiative and work under minimum supervisionExcellent communication skills – written and oral, Able to build relationships with wide range of peopleCommitment to equality and diversityGood attention to detail and ability to keep accurate records

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) and does require a Disclosure and Barring Service check. Applicants must be prepared to disclose any convictions they may have and any orders which have been made against them. The level of this check is enhanced.

For more information, please contact Justine Vella (Chair of the board of Trustees).  

To apply please send a cover letter and CV to by Friday 31 March 2022.

Learning through play