Hospital Play Specialist – Canterbury District Health Board – Canterbury

Job Description

Christchurch Hospital Activity Room is a vital part of our children’s recovery.

Play in hospital helps children and young people understand, cope with illness, regain confidence and express their feelings. Working with children from birth to 16 years, your experience as a teacher will be invaluable to helping children during their hospital stay.

As a Hospital Play Specialist you will establish rapport with the children and their family and play alongside them to build trust. Through these relationships you attempt to minimise the psychological impact on the child while in hospital. A huge part of the role is integrating emotional support through preparation and play aiming to improve the child’s ability to cope. This is a very challenging but rewarding role. Working with families/whānau is critical to your success in this role so your natural ability to form great relationships will be vital. This role involves working in the Activity Room, working on the paediatric wards and working within a multi-disciplinary team.

We are looking preferably for an experienced Registered Hospital Play Specialist to come join our fun team however if you are an experienced Registered Early Childhood Teacher and you have the skills and attributes we are looking for and are willing to work towards becoming a Registered Hospital Play Specialist then please apply.

Key skills and attributes:

  • Ability to adapt and work effectively within a variety of situations and with various individuals or groups
  • Has strong organisational and time management skills
  • Flexible
  • Relates to people with warmth and sensitivity
  • Values diversity
  • Able to contribute to ongoing quality improvement processes
  • Self-driven
  • Strong prioritisation skills
  • Clear confident communicator
  • Excellent written ability
  • Strong ability to analyse, prioritise and plan for all children

This role is a .8 position

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to mix your education background with a clinical focus and apply online today.

How to apply

Apply online, or to find out more information, please contact Hayley Buick, Recruitment Specialist – Allied Health, Phone: (03) 3377961 or email

Applications are only accepted online so please visit our website at to complete an application.

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