Sensory tools on offer

FAMILIES are now being offered a wider range of sensory toys and resources at West Sussex Children and Family Centres.

Funded by West Sussex County Council’s Aiming High for Disabled Children project, the new items are being offered at:

East Grinstead Children and Family Centre

Felpham

Findon

Footprints in Lyndhurst Road, Worthing

Haywards Heath

Kingston Buci in Shoreham

Lancing

Langley Green and Ifield

Petworth

Southwater

The latest items in stock of sensory and exploratory toys include fibre optic lights, bubble tubes, dark dens/tents with lights or glow-in-the-dark resources, musical items, games, soft play, sand and water toys, black and white resources, mirrors and visual items, construction toys and activities to help motor and physical development.

The sensory toys are particularly enjoyable for children with additional needs, such as those on the autistic spectrum, or with hearing and visual impairments.

Peter Evans, West Sussex County Council Cabinet 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.”

If families cannot get to the Centres, they 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.

For more information about the service or children and family centres, visit www.westsussex.gov.uk and search ‘toy libraries’ or ‘children and family centres’, or phone the Family Information Service on 01243 777807.

Families can also talk to the staff, a Toy Library volunteer, or browse the catalogues for more information too.