Sue Stewart understands the role toys play in childhood development. It's one of the reasons why she decided to get involved with the Nhulunbuy Community Toy Library on the Gove Peninsula deep in Australia's north.
At first Sue was simply a member of the library, using the facility to give her two children a greater range of experiences. However, when the job of toy librarian came up she jumped at the opportunity, enabling her to combine parenting with a passion for early education.
"It's expensive to transport bigger toys to Nhulunbuy because the town is so far from metropolitan centres. So to not have to purchase a toy and be able to borrow it from a toy library is a real benefit for parents and the local community," says Sue.
"Also homes up here are not very big so it can be difficult to store bigger toys," continues Sue, who moved to North East Arnhem Land in 2011 with her partner Nigel, a Rio Tinto safety advisor.
"It's incredibly convenient to be able to borrow and return an item after the children have had a good play with it," she says.