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Totstime and Play Sessions

Our Totstime and play sessions are relaxed and friendly, perfect for all under 5s.

Come along to one of our sessions to have fun and meet other parents and carers.

Totstimes are lively and interactive half hour sessions, suitable for all babies and toddlers. They are run by library staff and include a story, singing, instruments and puppets.

The play sessions are drop in and informal, with a variety of play activities perfect for little ones.

Aspley Library

Temporarily Closed

Stay and Play every Monday 10am to 11am

Messy Play, the 2nd Wednesday of every month 10am to 11am

Basford Library

Totstime every Monday 10.30am to 11am

Bilborough Library

Totstime every Monday 2pm to 2.30pm

Bulwell Riverside Library

Totstime every Monday 10.30am to 11am

Clifton Library

Totstime every Tuesday 10am to 10.30am

Dales Centre Library

Totstime every Wednesday 10.30am to 11am

Meadows Library

Totstime every Friday 11am to 11.30am

Nottingham Central Library

Totstime every Thursday 10.30am to 11am (Starting 30 November)

Radford/Lenton Library

Totstime every Friday 10.30am to 11am

Southglade Park Library

Totstime every Wednesday 10am to 10.30am

Totstime will be followed by a half an hour stay and play session.

St Ann’s Library

Totstime every Tuesday 10.30 to 11am (term time only)

Wollaton Library

Totstime every Tuesday 10.30am to 11am (term time only)

Other activities for pre schoolers

There are lots of other excellent websites which have activities, songs and stories for your baby, toddler or child. We would recommend:

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Tiny Happy People from the BBC

Tiny Happy People from the BBC has plenty of resources to help develop pre-school children’s communication skills.

With a wide range of fun activities and play ideas as well as sections about your child’s amazing early development.

BookTrust Hometime

BookTrust Hometime contains lots of fun stories and activities to help keep you and your little one entertained.

Words for Life

Words for Life from The National Literacy Trust has a brilliant range of activities, searchable by age range, as well as lots of songs and rhymes.

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