The members of the child life staff are certified professionals who are prepared at the bachelors and masters levels in child life, child development, early childhood education, and other related fields.
Child life services includes child life programs and the hospital school, which collaborate with one another to better serve patients' needs.
Child life specialists provide activities that help reassure pediatric patients and their families regarding illness, hospitalization, surgery, or other procedures. They provide hands on use of play materials and actual medical equipment, and structured and unstructured educational and play experiences.
As an integral member of the health care team, the child life specialist's role includes:
Child life specialists are an integral part of the interdisciplinary health care team. Their observations, interactions and assessments contribute to the development of the total patient care plan.