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Note: This guideline is currently under review.
Definition of terms
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 select patient population who would benefit from individualised floor time and developmental play sessions in a safe environment.
The enclosed play space allows these children to practice some of the play and social skills they may not have had the opportunity to in an alternate space to their cot or bed with staff observation.
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.
Policies and Procedures : Environmental Cleaning
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UN Charter for Rights of the Child (UNCRC)
Child Life Therapy
Product Safety Australia, Australian Competition & Consumer Commission
Royal Children’s Hospital : Policies and Procedures : Toys, play and educational equipment – Cleaning of
Royal Children’s Hospital : Policies and Procedures : Environmental Cleaning
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The development of this nursing guideline was coordinated by Anne-Maree Leahy, Child Life Therapist, CCLS,Child Life Therapy & Music Therapy, and approved by the Nursing Clinical Effectiveness Committee. Updated July 2020.