National Play In Hospital Week

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.

Starlight's Health Play Specialist of the Year Awards 2021
Starlight's Health Play Specialist of the Year Awards 2021

Nominations are now open for the 2021 awards! If you know a Health Play Specialist or Play Team who has improved the experience of a child in hospital, find out more about the awards here.

Starlight's Health Play Specialist of the Year 2020
Starlight's Health Play Specialist of the Year 2020

It’s a double win for Leeds Children’s Hospital as they take home Health Play Specialist of the Year and Play Team of the Year! Find out more about our worthy winners.

The Power of Play Award 2021
The Power of Play Award 2021

For the first time this year we’re giving families a chance to recognise the work that any health professional has done to improve their experience of hospital through play. Find out more about the new Power of Play award here.

The Impact of Children's Play in Hospital
The Impact of Children's Play in Hospital

Research conducted by Starlight has found that protecting the time to play in hospital is vital and a valuable resource to the NHS. Download the report here.

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.

The Play in Hospital Week is organised by the National Association of Health Play Specialists (NAHPS). Starlight Children’s Foundation is delighted to support them for the ninth year running.

For further information about NAHPS National Play in Hospital Week please visit:
http://www.nahps.org.uk/

Why does play matter?