All PLACE-registered families are able to join the PLACE library for a small joining fee that enables each library family to borrow up to 10 items at a time. The library, which is based at TOP at 190 Putnoe Street, has a wide range of maths, English and science textbooks to support learning, from early years through to GCSE; many families find these series helpful in providing a structured approach to learning in the core subjects.
The library contains a wide selection of history, maths, English, science, nature, music, languages and art reference books, as well as a small number of children’s picture books and various reading-scheme materials chosen over time by PLACE parents.
To support learning in science, PLACE has a number of “science boxes” prepared by an enthusiastic parent to provide equipment such as electricity kits, rocks and separating materials.
The library also houses a number of resources to assist parents with various SENDs issues, such as dyslexia and ADHD. Items include books to extend parents’ understanding and knowledge, along with resources to support SENDs learning and progress.
Some useful individual resources, e.g., dictionaries, themed items and early-years reading materials, are occasionally made available to families either free-of-charge or at a highly subsidised cost. Families can suggest suitable additional resources for inclusion in the library if they feel these would enhance their own children’s learning, as well as that of other PLACE youngsters.