Functioning as a member of the Child & Family Life team, the Child Life Assistant (CLA) staff member is responsible for the daily operation and supervision of Activity Centers. In addition, CLA’s will provide bedside/chairside play experiences as directed. They will support patients and siblings by providing developmentally appropriate play/recreation and activities within the parameters of the program. In addition, they will provide direction to Child & Family Life work-study students and hospital volunteers; maintain a safe play/activity environment.
Plan and implement daily activities
Facilitate individual and group play opportunities for patients and siblings
Advertise daily programming in appropriate venues
Recruit and screen activity center participants
Transport patients to playroom and /or special events
Maintain a safe and clean play environment, including making appropriate assessments of patient and sibling behavior while in program
Provide direction to Child & Family Life hospital volunteers
Communicate with parents/caregivers regarding behavior issues of activity center participants
Assess play and recreation needs for children of varying developmental stages and temperaments
Assist with ordering supplies.
Function independently without direct supervision
Use appropriate judgement to ensure safety of activity center participants
Associates degree in related field and/or a combination of education and experience
Prior work experience with healthy children in a group setting (daycare, day camp, preschool, school, etc.)
Demonstrated strong interpersonal communication skills, including problem solving and collaboration
Ability to transport patients to and from activity centers.
Ability to maintain a safe and organized play space. Including but not limited to, restocking playroom equipment and supplies, cleaning and arranging furniture
Bachelor's degree or working towards a bachelor’s degree in a related field of study such as Education, Psychology, Child Development, Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, or Child Life Specialist
A minimum of 1-year of experience working with children preferred
Work experience with children in healthcare environment is preferred
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