Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)SCF/HW/4/PLG
TitlePlaygroups and Hospital Playschemes
Extent236 files
Date1943-c 1993
DescriptionContains correspondence, reports, papers, leaflets and publications regarding Save the Children's work and projects with nurseries, playgroups and hospital playschemes across the United Kingdom.
Access ConditionsThere are files and items in this series which contain personal information covered by Data Protection regulations. These files and items have an extended closure period.
Further information about the closures can be found in the relevant file level catalogue description.
Access StatusPartially closed
Closed Until01/01/2085
Administrative HistoryHospital Playgroups first opened in 1963 when it opened its first hospital playscheme in Brook Hospital, South London. and by 1978 save the Children Fund was providing play in 26 hospitals throughout the United Kingdom. The aims of the playschemes was to provide purposeful play activities to reduce the stress and emotional after effects of a child's stay in hospital and to promote normal physical, emotional and intellectual development. In addition playschemes developed further aims to help parents cope with separation and to advise other hospitals on the setting up of playschemes.

In 1975 SCF adopted a policy of handing over hospital playschemes to hospitals.

After withdrawing from direct involvement in hospital playschemes in 1988, SCF decided to capitalise on its years of experience in the field by promoting the importance of play in hospitals in collaboration with the Play in Hospital Liaison Committee. In late 1989 work began on developing standards for playschemes in hospital. In September 1990, 'Quality Management for Children: Play in Hospital' was launched. The publication provided commissioning authorities and health service providers with guidance on the development of hospital play services and quality standards for play facilities.