Child Centered Play in Healthcare Settings



Child-centered play is a powerful tool for building relationships and supporting development and healing. It provides a wonderful bridge of trust between healthcare providers and paediatric patients and their families. Whether participants seek to deepen their work with children, model these skills for caregivers, or learn skills to use at home, this workshop will teach hands-on skills for facilitating child-centered play.


A child-centered approach goes well beyond the boundaries of play. It is an antidote to the current trend towards technological disconnect. The empathic skills of a child-centered play can be woven into any clinical work that you do, making your interactions with children even more playful, engaging, supportive and kind.



Play can aid in the development of the nursing therapeutic relationship, and it can also be used as an assessment tool. Using medical play can decrease anxiety, and assist with specific issues like needle phobia. Play therapy is a powerful intervention for children but not all hospitals or clinics will have access to a formal Play Therapist. Paediatric nurses are well placed to incorporate aspects of play into their work with children and families.



In this workshop, you will gain an appreciation for the value of play in a child’s development, and concrete skills you can use to bring a more playful approach to your work.

Learning Outcomes

In this session, you will:

  • Apply basic tracking and narrating skills associated with child-centered play;
  • Demonstrate empathic responses;
  • Understand the components of ACT 3 Point Limit Setting;
  • Explain to caregivers the benefits of child-centered play;
  • Know when to make a referral for child life therapy or play therapy.


Who is this for?

This webinar is for nurses who would like to learn more about the uses and importance of play within the clinical environment.



As a child, Deborah survived a dire prognosis when born with a rare congenital skin disorder. As a result, she spent a lot of time in hospital as a child and did not receive any child life services. Deborah knows the importance of pain and trauma prevention first hand and because of this, she has felt a calling to this work.

Deborah says, “I experience much joy in it, so I know I took the best path for me”. She has been certified as a child life specialist in 1993 with some of her happiest career moments including keynoting at the Child Life Council International Summit on Pediatric Psychosocial Care, presenting at the United Nations, and teaching abroad in Japan and the Czech Republic.



Recording Details

This webinar is available on-demand.

This webinar is also included in your membership.

Course Content

Total learning: 1 lesson / 1 quiz Time: 1 hour

About The Paediatric Nurse

Our Story

The Paediatric Nurse was founded by Brooke Batchelor, a paediatric nurse and qualified teacher, after she experienced the frustration of finding affordable and accessible continuing professional development that was relevant to her paediatric nursing practice. Through this frustration, she decided to set up an online platform that assisted paediatric nurses in meeting their continuing professional development (CPD) annual registration standard requirement, with the Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia. In August 2018, The Paediatric Nurse CPD/CE platform was launched and began delivering live and recorded webinars featuring expert speakers from all over the world.

Our Vision

We believe that with access to relevant, affordable and evidence-based professional development, all members of the paediatric healthcare team can provide opportunities for children & their families to have a voice and receive care that is meets all of their needs. Our profit-for-purpose business model ensures a sustainable, long-term goal of improving paediatric healthcare experiences through programs that fund paediatric post-graduate training for nurses, funding hospital familiarisation programs and supporting play therapy programs to assist with aftercare or post-hospitalisation readjustment. We look forward to a future where children feel part of the decision making in their care and suffer no trauma related to their healthcare experience.

Our Mission

We exist so that you can receive evidence-based CPD/CE that is affordable, accessible and relevant to your practice by breaking down the barriers that prevent you from meeting with the experts. AND We exist to advocate for children in healthcare ensuring that they receive care that considers the whole child within the context of their family and the effects that the care they receive may have on their emotional wellbeing.

Our Values

  • Empowerment – by providing engaging and relevant CPD/CE opportunities, we hope to influence the future directions of paediatric healthcare in Australia • Advocacy – we take child health and protection seriously and as registered nurses, we aim to advocate for Australian children to ensure their needs and rights are met • Access – the opportunity to speak directly to the experts and access the latest in evidenced-based care • Community – we encourage the essence of community and connection by making this space just as much yours as it is ours- your suggestions are always valued! • Passionate – our love for paediatric nursing is infectious • Selfcare – when nurses look after their own health & wellbeing, their practice can soar to new heights

Our Role

  • Is an international online membership community that champions the success of paediatric nurses the world over • We provide continuing professional development (CPD) education/CE, training, resources and support for nurses via our online membership and social media channels • Helping paediatric nurses learn from world-wide experts • Inspires paediatric nurses to be leaders in their field • Provides content and resources to educate and inform paediatric nurses • Is an opinion leader and advocate on issues of importance to paediatric nurses across all communities.


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