Baby and Toddler Rhymetimes Volunteer in Various Essex Libraries

In July 2019, this opportunity is available in the following libraries:

Basildon, Braintree, Burnham-on-Crouch, Chelmsford, Clacton, Coggeshall, Dunmow, Fryerns, Great Wakering, Harlow, Manningtree, Maldon, Mark Hall, North Melbourne, North Weald, Old Harlow, Rayleigh, Saffron Walden, South Woodham Ferrers, West Clacton and Wickford. 

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

[*A similar opportunity is available as 'Daddy Cool' in some libraries on a Saturday. Please ask on applying.]


• 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
  • Expenses reimbursed
    Travel expenses.
  • Health and Safety Policy
    Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expect all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.
  • Ongoing support
    There will be ongoing support from local library staff. All volunteers are engaged for an introductory period (usually 1 to 3 months depending on the frequency of volunteering). This is to ensure the volunteer and activity are properly matched and either side may decide to end the agreement at this stage.
  • Suitable for under 18s
  • Training provided
    Specific training for your volunteering role. This may be shadowing or an occasional training session or just talking throughwhat's involved.
  • Volunteer induction
    You will receive induction and a welcome pack.
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 31/08/2016

End Date: 05/11/2020

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning No No No No No No No
Afternoon No No No No No No No
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, depending on individual library. Term time only. In July 2019, the total number of volunteer hours needed for this month arE: Basildon - 10hrs Braintree - 2hrs Burnham-on-Crouch - 30mins Fri am Chelmsford - 4hrs Clacton - 8hrs Coggeshall - 4hrs Dunmow - 4hrs Fryerns - 1hr Great Wakering - 2hrs Harlow - 1hr Manningtree - 2hrs Maldon - 6hrs Mark Hall - 1hr North Melbourne - 2hrs North Weald Old Harlow - 1hr Rayleigh - 2-3hrs Saffron Walden - 4hrs South Woodham Ferrers - 2hrs West Clacton - 1hr Wickford - 2hrs


This opportunity is available in: Basildon Billericay and Wickford, Braintree, Chelmsford, Colchester, Harlow, Rayleigh and Rochford, Tendring, Uttlesford

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