The current state of play

There is a wide gap in children’s healthcare between the need for play services and the levels of provision. We're working for systemic change.


of providers stated they had no budget for play resources

Taskforce on Children's Play in Healthcare

We joined NHS England to convene a taskforce that explores the issues surrounding access to play for children in hospitals, and make recommendations to improve this.

Past policy events

We're working to keep play on the agenda. We're committed to building and sharing our knowledge on the power of play. 

On 23rd March we held our first ever symposium, in partnership with the PEDAL (Play in Education, Development and Learning) Centre at the University of Cambridge. It featured a variety of speakers offering perspectives on the most current research, policy and practice issues for our sector.

Read our summary of proceedings from the event. 

In this year of the general election, ‘Playing with Children’s Health?’ is the rallying cry of Starlight’s new, concerted, strategic campaign to persuade politicians to take children’s play more seriously.  

Watch the webinar on our new policy campaign.

Download the presentation featured in the webinar.