Associate's Degree in Child Development, Education or closely related field required. Bachelor's Degree preferred. One year experience in child care setting required. Experience in a healthcare environment preferred.
Licenses and Certifications
Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (CPI) training certification required within one year of hire and maintained thereafter CDA certificate preferred Current Basic Life Support (BLS) / CPR in adult, child & infant is preferred
Under the guidance of Child Life, the Child Life Assistant assists in creating a developmentally appropriate environment for children in the hospital ranging in age from infancy through adolescence. The Child Life Assistant is responsible for providing play experiences for patients, allowing opportunities for self-expression, mastery and control. The Child Life Assistant will also assist with special events and visitors, playroom programming and maintenance, distribution and maintenance of electronics (iPads, video games, etc.), volunteer support, and management of donations.
PLAYROOM PROGRAMMING and MAINTENANCE: Oversee the cleaning and stocking of items in the playrooms, ensuring the safety and appropriateness of items available. Provide a variety of toys, games and supplies that appeal to all ages served by Connecticut Children's. Plan, coordinate and facilitate group activities in the playroom.
ELECTRONICS MAINTENANCE and DISTRIBUTION: Maintain and coordinate distribution of iPads, video games systems, portable DVD players, movies and other electronic devices for patient use. This includes physically cleaning these items in between patients and clearing any personal information that may have been stored, including pictures and passwords. Utilize a process to track distribution to minimize loss. Maintain a supply of updated movies, games, and apps appropriate for the populations served.
PROVIDE BEDSIDE PLAY OPPORTUNITIES and MATERIALS: Provide 1:1 play experiences for patients who are on isolation or unable to leave their rooms, promoting development and providing opportunities for normalization, self-expression, mastery and control. Provide toys, games and art materials for patients to use in their rooms.
SPECIAL EVENTS, HOLIDAYS and VISITORS: Assist with planning, coordinating and facilitating special events, holidays and visits, including identifying patients to participate and escorting visitors to patient rooms as appropriate. Facilitate health screening and completion of confidentiality forms of visitors and review guidelines for visiting patients. Coordinate activities for celebrating holidays and other special events (birthdays, graduations, etc.).
VOLUNTEER SUPPORT: Oversee child life and ArtReach volunteers. Assist with training and orienting volunteers to the playroom and working with children 1:1 in their rooms. Identify downtime tasks for volunteers to help maintain playroom toys and supplies.
OUTPATIENT ART: Assist in the development and implementation of outpatient art opportunities. Maintain a supply of "grab and go" self-contained craft kits to be used in outpatient specialty clinics and at satellite locations and coordinate distribution,
DONATIONS: Assist with accepting, distributing, and organizing donations as well as screening for safety and appropriateness. Maintain storage areas, ensuring compliance with fire and safety guidelines.
Demonstrates knowledge of child development, including the age-related differences and needs of patients in specific populations from neonate through adolescence and applies them to practice. Demonstrates ability to adapt activities based on a child's individual needs. Demonstrates cultural sensitivity in all interactions with patients/families. Demonstrates support for the mission, values and goals of the organization through behaviors that are consistent with the Connecticut Children's STANDARDS. Perform other duties as requested.