Hospital play specialists use their understanding of child development and therapeutic play activities to help children cope with any pain, anxiety or fear they might experience during their time in hospital.
To do this job you will need the ability to build good relationships with children, and their parents and carers. You’ll need to be a good listener. And you’ll also need to be able to work with families under stress.
Day-to-day duties include planning and running play, creating a welcoming environment, talking to parents and carers and carrying out therapeutic assessments.
Before you start you will have to study for a foundation degree in healthcare play specialism. To do the foundation degree, you will need a professional childcare qualification at level 3 or above.