Baby and Toddler Rhyme Time Volunteer

What is the role about?

These fun-packed rhyme and story sessions take place in libraries during school term-times. Everyone joins in with singing rhymes and doing the actions, and afterwards families stay to chat, join the library and to choose books to take home.

As a volunteer at baby and toddler rhyme times, you will deliver rhyme sessions, and support the development of children by sharing your enjoyment of books and rhymes.

What will it involve?

• Preparing the children's library for the session - putting out chairs and selecting stories and rhymes

• Meeting and greeting the parents/carers and children and making everyone feel welcome

• Encouraging parents to join in with their child

• Joining in or delivering the session and building a good rapport with the group

• Chatting with families about the benefits of early book sharing and the importance of talking and singing rhymes with their children

• Directing specific enquiries to library staff

• Clearing the area once the session ends

What will you get from volunteering?

• Pleasure from showing parents how singing rhymes and sharing books can be a fun activity that they can repeat at home

• Opportunity to help families learn rhymes and songs together to support children's speech, language and communication skills

• Meeting people and making new friends

• Satisfaction of using your skills and experience to support families in the community.


  Warmth and friendliness

• Able to relate to children and their families

• Practical and 'hands on'

• Able to work on own initiative

• Comfortable singing in public (but no voice skills needed)

• Enthusiasm to promote sharing books and reading with families

• An enthusiasm for libraries and awareness of the range of services offered


  • Accessibility
  • Data Protection policy
  • DBS check required
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Suitable for under 18s
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 03/04/2019

End Date: 03/04/2020

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Afternoon Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Evening No No No No No No No

Availability Details

How much time would you be asked to contribute? To be agreed. Typically 2 hours per week, together or at separate times. Term time only.


Rayleigh Library
132-134 High Street

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