Specialist play

EACH provides a range of activities for children and young people of all ages, including siblings.

Our play specialists can visit children at home, in community settings or spend time with them during their stay at the hospice.

Our play specialists are here to:

  • Build a relationship with children/young people and their families
  • Assess and focus on the skills children/young people have, and to assess and develop their physical, emotional, cognitive, social and communication needs
  • Support new ways of playing as the child/young person’s developmental needs change
  • Provide appropriate play activities that can help each child grow in confidence by experiencing new things and, most of all, having fun!
  • Establish likes and dislikes and promote choice
  • Help create memories
  • Link in with other professionals involved with the child/young person
  • Use distraction techniques to help the child/young person manage difficult situations
  • Help children/young people understand, cope with and reflect on medical experiences
  • Support communication through play.

Our range of play activities

All play sessions are relaxed and flexible. Activities can be adapted to suit the individual needs of each child or young person:

  • Stories – tactile, musical, sensory story sacks, tapes, CDs and DVDs
  • Food play – jelly, corn flour and pasta
  • Construction – lego, k-nex, duplo, stickle bricks
  • Music – instruments, action rhymes, karaoke
  • Cooking
  • Sand and water
  • Sensory equipment – bubble tube, fibre optics
  • Sensory toys – space blanket, treasure basket, bubbles
  • Technology – switches, computers, game consoles
  • Physical play – outdoor play, ball pool, parachute, dancing
  • Art and craft – painting, collage, face painting, card making, modelling
  • Outings – park, beach, swimming, bowling, cinema, zoo, shopping
  • Imaginative play – dressing up, puppets, train track, farm, role play, playmobil

...and many more!

  • When we first heard about the hospice we were apprehensive because we didn’t know what to expect. When we got there we realised it was a lovely place where Renee would be well looked after, and we would be able to have a much-needed break. Stacy, Renee’s mum
  • It’s been a great opportunity to meet other parents in a similar situation, something that doesn't really happen anywhere else. Helen, William’s mum
  • The play specialists are excellent and I also get inspiration from the activities they organise. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • Renee loves going to The Treehouse, but it’s great that care staff are also able to visit us at home too. Stacy, Renee’s mum
  • EACH has helped us keep Stanley’s memory alive. And allows us to look to the future Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • Children like Lucy don’t get the opportunity to go to sleepovers or to their friends for tea, so the interaction she has at the hospice is priceless. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • EACH helped us with coping mechanisms and special ways of remembering Stanley. Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • We arrived at the hospice feeling scared and alone. We had so many questions – they answered them all and more. Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • I can’t imagine what it would have been like. Nobody should have to, every family should be offered the support we were, and are still getting Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • We are also supported by the 24/7 True Colours nurses and it’s so reassuring knowing we can call on them whenever we need support or advice Helen, William’s mum
  • EACH helps us to create lovely memories and has played an important part in all of our lives, not just Lucy’s. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • I really love going to the hospice. I’ve made friends there and get to do loads of fun stuff. Renee
  • EACH supports families when they’re at their absolute lowest, helping them to come to terms with their child’s illness, losing them and beyond Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • I didn’t realise hope was a gift until I became a mum. My little boy taught me many things and that was one of them Claire, Jacob’s mum

The Treehouse

St. Augustine’s Gardens,
Ipswich, IP3 8NS


Church Lane, Milton,
Cambridge, CB24 6AB

The Nook

Pigot Lane, Framingham Earl
Norfolk, NR14 7PX