We had an interactive Hospital Incursion this term which the children really enjoyed as they got a chance to play with the equipment.
The Hospital Familiarisation program helped the children learn about medical equipment and aspects of going in to hospital. This helped children learn about common items of medical equipment and common medical procedures. They enjoyed having a “medical play” where they explored the medical equipment and played out medical roles (e.g. doctor, nurse, patient) and medical procedures (e.g. listening to heartbeat, bandaging, giving injections). Through this play, anxiety about the unknown is diminished. The “medical play” serves as a therapeutic function of enabling children to come to terms with, or triumph over, the unfamiliar experience. This program helps develop important outcomes for their cognitive and emotional developmental.
Ayesha Meer – Children’s House Program Coordinator