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 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.
Addenbrooke's Launch Play Week in Style!
Every year the NAHPS kick of Play in Hospital week with a bang at their launch event. However this year’s launch hospital, Addenbrooke’s, have had to do things a little differently this year.
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.
Download your Play Week Pack
Download your Play Week Pack full of useful information and activities to make the most of Play in Hospital Week
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.
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!
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.