National Play In Hospital Week

Every October, we proudly support the National Association of Health Play Specialist’s Play in Hospital Week. We know having the chance to play can transform how children feel about hospital and about themselves. That’s why we help children play every day of the year – and it’s why we’ve created a special activity pack to help celebrate Play in Hospital Week. Together we can spread the word about the power of play.

Why does play matter?

Whatever you loved doing when you were younger, it helped make you who you are today. Play helps children express their feelings and understand the world around them. It helps to develop skills, overcome frustrations, answer questions, build relationships, push boundaries. It shapes our bodies and our brains. When you’re seriously ill, play can be forgotten – but we know it’s much too important for that.

To celebrate Play In Hospital Week, Starlight will be providing a Activity and Information Pack, full of usual information and activities to make the most of Play in Hospital Week, as well as recognising the work of Health Play Specialist across the country with the ‘Starlight Health Play Specialist of the Year’ award.

Share your Play in Hospital Week pics

Use #pihw and let us know what you get up to in Play in Hospital Week – the sillier and smilier the better!

Health Play Specialist of the Year

Do you know a star play specialist?

Our Starlight Health Play Specialist of the Year Award recognises hospital play specialists who always go the extra mile. It’s our way of saying thank you to the play pros who spend their lives thinking of new games, new puzzles, new ways to make children smile.

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