Contact Child Life & Education Department

For additional information or questions regarding child life please contact Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock at 501-364-1412 or Arkansas Children’s Northwest by calling 479-725-6800.

Play is a safe and familiar activity for your child to participate in during stressful times such as hospitalizations or during medical procedures. Child life encourages your child to continue playing at bedside and in activity rooms located in the hospital to promote recovery, normal development, and independence. Medical procedures are not allowed in activity areas; therefore, children see playrooms as safe places.

Please note, if your child is on isolation or has had a fever in the last 24 hours, he or she may not be able to attend activity rooms. Activities and toys can be borrowed for your child to play with in his or her room.

Camp Wannaplay

Big Red Stores Camp Wannaplay at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock invites patients and families of all ages to explore and play. Filled with toys, a sensory table, and crafts, Camp Wannaplay offers patients the opportunity to engage in familiar and normalizing play. Children of all ages are invited to Camp Wannaplay; however, adult caregivers must stay with visitors under 14 years of age. Camp Wannaplay is open 7 days a week during the times listed below.

Monday - Thursday 9:30 – 11:30 AM
1:30 – 3:30 PM
6:15 – 8:15 PM
Friday 9:30 – 11:30 AM
1:30 – 3:30 PM
6:00 – 7:00 PM
 Saturday - Sunday  10:30 – 11:30 AM
1:30 – 2:30 PM

Teen Room

The Teen Room at Arkansas Children's in Little Rock offers a space for teen patients to do crafts, play games, and provides opportunities for your teen to meet and socialize with other patients. The Teen Room is available to patients ages 12 years and older and is open 7 days week during the times listed below.

Monday - Thursday 2:00 – 4:00 PM
6:15 – 8:15 PM
Friday 2:00 – 4:00 PM
7:30 – 8:30 PM
 Saturday - Sunday  3:00 – 4:00 PM

Siblings and Visitors

Siblings and friends provide important support and encouragement for families during your child's hospitalization. Siblings and friends may be visiting a hospital for the first time, experiencing new sights and emotions. Child life specialists are available to prepare minor visitors (age 17 years and under) prior to visiting patients to reduce potential anxiety and offer a safe setting for questions about the patient and his/her condition.

For the safety and well-being of our patients, we ask all visitors to be healthy when visiting the hospital.  All visitors will be asked to complete a wellness screening and should not have a cough, runny nose, congestion, fever or diarrhea. If you have any of these symptoms, we ask that you stay home until 48 hours after symptoms stop. Please note, additional visitor restrictions may occur during flu season to reduce the risk of spreading contagious diseases. For more information on visitor policies, please visit our Visitor Rights and Responsibilities.

Patient E-Cards

Family and friends have the opportunity to send patients well wishes and support with an e-card. To send a patient an e-card, follow the step-by-step instructions of selecting a picture for your card and the option to insert well wishes and thoughts. This card will be printed and hand-delivered to the patient's room.

Los voluntarios son una parte vital del equipo de Niñez. Los voluntarios trabajan en áreas de actividades para ofrecer juegos cara a cara con el paciente en un entorno grupal. Cuando el paciente no puede salir de su habitación, los voluntarios pueden ir a su habitación para llevarle actividades acordes a su edad y oportunidades para jugar individualmente. 

Requisitos para empleos

Recursos sobre empleos

Oportunidades para estudiantes

NOTE: Due to recent health concerns (COVID-19), Arkansas Children's Hospital is unable to accept students at this time.

Expresión artística

La expresión artística ayuda al paciente a expresar sentimientos cuando no puede describir las emociones con palabras. Los especialistas en niñez están capacitados para brindar intervenciones musicales que permiten al paciente utilizar la música como medio para superar una hospitalización. Se planifican diversas actividades de artesanías en la sala de juegos y en la sala para adolescentes a fin de promover la expresión de sus emociones.

Enlaces Sitios web de actividades

Programas y servicios de Niñez y educación

Los programas y servicios ofrecidos por el departamento de niñez y educación ayudan a reducir el estrés durante la hospitalización y a abordar necesidades psicosociales y emocionales de su hijo. Services include music therapy, hospital school, and the TAILS program plus activity rooms to meet the needs of your child's age and ability.

Preparación para la cirugía

If your child is scheduled to have surgery or procedures, a Child Life Specialist is available to prepare and teach you and your child about what he or she may experience.

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