It is one of the ways children learn and it also helps children cope with upsetting things that happen in their lives. Being in hospital or receiving treatment at hospital can be a difficult experience for children.
Registered hospital play specialists provide a play and recreation programme that help children and young people to
Play specialists are part of Waikato Hospital’s Paediatric service, and also come under the umbrella of Waikids which is the brand that integrates all child and youth health services provided by Waikato District Health Board, whether they are hospital or community based.
Hospital play specialists collaborate with families and other health care professionals to
The Waikids Playroom (which is a Ministry of Education Licensed Early Childhood Centre) provides a safe, fun, supportive and social environment where children and families can experience developmentally appropriate activities and play. The programme is supported by hospital volunteers.
The play specialist services at Waikato Hospital started with a kindergarten established on a paediatric ward in 1989. Our present team has four NZ registered play specialists on board.
Elizabeth Rothwell Building, Waikato Hospital, Waiora Waikato Hospital Campus, Pembroke Street, Hamilton
- The Waikids Playroom, Level 3, Elizabeth Rothwell Building
- The Play Specialists’ team base, Level B3, Elizabeth Rothwell Building
Waikato Hospital Operator (07) 839 8899 and ask for extension 96747
Referrals come from the hospital ward staff, Waikids Day Stay Unit, Waikids Clinics and district nurses.