BC Children’s Hospital (BCCH) cares for the province’s most acutely ill or injured children and youth, provides developmental and rehabilitation services to children and youth throughout BC, and offers a broad range of health services.
Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children (SHHC), a leading provincial facility offering specialized services to children and youth with developmental disabilities from birth to age 19, works collaboratively with BCCH.
SHHC focuses on the child and their family while supporting health care professionals in their community. BCCH also operates a wide number of specialized health programs, is a leading acute care teaching facility, and conducts research to advance health and care through the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute and in partnership with the University of British Columbia.
BCCH is a part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) which plans, manages and evaluates specialty and province-
wide health care services across BC. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include : Respect people
Dare to innovate
Serve with purpose
Child Life Specialist, BC Children’s
Wage per hour : $29.63 to $36.93
Reporting to the Director of Patient Experience, provides activities which further the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development of children and youth.
The Child Life Specialist functions as a member of the Child Life Department and as a member of an assigned health care team and in accordance with the professional standards of practice of the Child Life Council.
Duties and Accountabilities :
Plans, initiates, and supervises activities that foster continued growth and development in children and youth, based on daily information concerning the health care condition, developmental level, and interests by methods such as providing play materials for patients in play areas and at the bedside.
Provides opportunities for adaptation to the hospital environment and an understanding of medical experiences by providing play materials, opportunities for health care play, and developmental information.
Supports children, youth and caregivers throughout the challenges of hospitalization and illness by identifying and encouraging effective coping techniques.
Prepares children, youth, and families cognitively and emotionally for medical and surgical procedures through methods such as play, demonstration and / or dialogue.
Provides support as part of the treatment plan including accompanying child to procedure or Operating Room and being present during a procedure to decrease stress and anxiety.
Provides guidance, support and supervision to students and volunteers.
Education, Experience and Training
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child & Youth Care from a recognized program.
Completion of a practicum / internship in child life, and one (1) year’s recent related experience working with children and families, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Meets the eligibility requirements to write the Child Life Certification Examination.
Skills and Abilities
Demonstrated ability to assess and interact with patients and families applying theories of human growth and development, family systems, and cultural diversity.
Demonstrated ability to represent and communicate the role of child life to others.
Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize work.
Demonstrated ability work as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
Demonstrated ability work effectively with others.
Ability to operate related equipment.
Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.