The Early Childhood Collection includes all the toys, posters, books and other items shelved in the Early Childhood Collection at both Rockingham and Thornlie campus libraries.
All currently enrolled Children's Services and Education Support students while they are doing their supervised field placements. All items must be replaced once the placement is finished. Students will also be able to borrow items for class projects.
Students may borrow ten items from the Early Childhood Collection for a three week period. They include the toys, children's fiction, children's non-fiction and poster sets. These may be renewed, if not in demand.
The children's fiction is shelved alphabetically by the first letter of the authors surname and includes storybooks, picture books and large format books. The children's non-fiction is shelved according to the Dewey Decimal System and can include large and small format books. Toys are shelved in cupboards and shelves and arranged according to type.
The toys are grouped according to the Torrens Classification System. The developmental areas to which the toys are aimed are:
|61||Speech and Language Development|
|63||Pre-Reading and Reading Materials and Programs|
|69||Performing Arts - Music|
|85||Conceptual and Abstract Reasoning|
Manipulative Toys, Transport Sets & Baby Toys
These items must be washed in hot soapy water and dried thoroughly (no residue water before storing).
Any toy that has come into contact with body fluids (urine, saliva, faeces etc) will need disinfection (Bleach 1:20 solution. Allow to dry)
Jigsaws and Wooden Toys
Do not submerge in water. Use sterilised cloth and wipe over pieces. Then use dry cloth for excess water.
Books with cardboard pages should only be wiped according to jigsaw instructions. Please do not wipe any other books.