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Nursing Services has identified a subset of patients who may benefit from access to a supervised, enclosed play space within a ward setting. The play space is only to be used for a very select patient population who would benefit from individualised floor time and a developmental play session in a safe environment. The enclosed play space is part of a wider play, social and emotional plan, where these children can practice some of the play and social skills they may not have had the opportunity to, in a safe, enclosed space. For such patients; the Play Therapy team will develop a comprehensive play plan to be shared with the child's main care team. The plans will be shared with family, nursing staff, play therapists and volunteers involved in patient play time.
Access to a supervised, enclosed play space within the ward environment, will assist in maximising the social and emotional development of children requiring playtime support in a consistent way.
Document the use of the educational play space in the EMR as follows: Flowsheets --> Primary Assessment --> Disability --> Disability Comment
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UN Charter for Rights of the Child (UNCRC) Educational Play Therapy Product Safety Australia, Australian Competition & Consumer Commission Royal Children’s Hospital : Policies and Procedures : Toys, play and educational equipment – Cleaning of (Internal RCH access only)Royal Children’s Hospital : Policies and Procedures : Environmental Cleaning (Internal RCH access only)
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The development of this nursing guideline was coordinated by Helen Codman, Education Outreach Program Manager,Nursing Education, and approved by the Nursing Clinical Effectiveness Committee. Updated March 2017.