New toy library service launched in West Sussex

A WIDER range of sensory toys and resources is now available at children and family centres.

Funded by West Sussex County Council’s Aiming High for Disabled Children project, the new items are being offered at Felpham Children and Family Centre, in Pennyfields, Bognor Regis, Findon Children and Family Centre, in Vale Road, Worthing, Footprints Children and Family Centre, in Lyndhurst Road, Worthing, Kingston Buci Children and Family Centre, in Middle Road, Shoreham, Lancing Children and Family Centre, in North Road, Lancing, and Petworth Children and Family Centre, in South Grove, Petworth.

The latest items include fibre optic lights, bubble tubes, dark dens and tents with lights or glow-in-the dark resources, games, sand and water toys and mirrors.

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A county spokeswoman said the sensory toys would be “particularly enjoyable” for children with additional needs, including those on the autistic spectrum, or with hearing and visual impairments.

Peter Evans, member for children and families, said: “The items in stock at the toy libraries are great for children’s development, particularly the sensory toys for those with learning difficulties.

“All the toys are educational and can be borrowed for a bargain price.”

Anyone who cannot get to the centres listed above can speak to staff at their local children and family centre to see a catalogue of sensory toys available and how they can be ordered.

Standard toy library services are available at all 49 West Sussex children and family centres.

For a one off £2 joining fee for parents and carers, or £5 for childminders and professionals, families can borrow from a large selection of toys and books.

Anyone who would like more information can visit and search “toy libraries” or phone the family information service on 01243 777807.