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Childcare Students Visit Skylark Ward as Santa


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On the 18th of December, Tresham’s Childcare and Education students visited the Skylark ward, Kettering General Hospital, to hand over Christmas gifts and games to the children who were going to be on the ward over the festive period.


Students spoke to staff and visited the different facilities which included numerous playrooms/play areas and a den for older children to play video games, listen to music on the jukebox and watch DVDs. The group also saw the sensory room and the treatment room. The room is equipped with an infinity screen activated by sounds to show different lights and colours distracting patients with help from a member of the play team.


Students were able to see how the hospital’s Play Team work with the children on the ward and plan different activities for the children regularly throughout the day, whether they are in the playroom or in their cubicle.


At the end of the day, students then visited the play team office where there is usually a hospital school teacher working. They had the opportunity to ask the Hospital Play Co-ordinator, Trisha Brigden, a number of questions after seeing the ward and to find out more about working in the childcare sector.


Geri Payne, student from the CACHE Level 3 Childcare and Education commented:
“I was so amazed by the ward; it was so different to the others I had been to. Everything was great and it was really good to talk to Trish about her job and it gave me some idea about what I need to do to get into my dream job. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.” 

Holly Robson, another student who visited said:
“I really enjoyed Skylark ward understanding the way the Play team work and I felt proud to hand over some gifts and activities.”


Sam Dowman, from the Level 1 Health and Social Care group said:
Even though Skylark is a child’s ward in a huge hospital, it certainly did not come over to me as a ward in a hospital.

Trisha knew every aspect of the ward and her own job, which gave me confidence. The level of hard work that everyone on the Skylark ward has to put in daily is superhuman, I am happy in knowing that there is a ward that looks after their patients with love and care, but not forgetting that they have a job to do and a duty to care and they do it well, that’s for sure. 

It’s been a lifelong dream to be able to work with Children in a hospital, and now I am one step closer to achieving that dream.”

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