We are committed to providing play and learning opportunities to all children needing our care. Play is essential to children’s mental, emotional, and social well-being. The need for play does not stop when children are ill or when they enter hospital. Play is one of the most important aspects of a child’s life and one of the most effective tools for managing stress.

Our hospital trained volunteers are also available to spend time with your child when you need time out or a break. Look out for their white ‘Volunteer’ shirts or ask a nurse for more information.


Our playroom is designed for children from infancy to late primary school age. Our bright, sunny space has toys, books, music and activities both inside and outside on our verandah. Children who can’t make it to the playroom are lent an age appropriate kit with toys, play and craft activities to use in their room.

Our playroom is jointly run by the Starlight Captains and the Play Therapist. We are located at the end of the medical ward. Families and their children can access the playroom 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please don’t leave your child unattended in the playroom.

Hospital School

The Hospital School is an Education Directorate program supporting young people from preschool to year 12 during their stay in hospital.  The school caters for patients, as well as their siblings, wherever they are in the hospital. The Hospital School teachers liaise with the student’s regular school to foster ongoing learning.

The school is located in the central corridor outside the Paediatric Medical Ward.

Please contact us at 02 61747675 or info_hospitalschool@ed.act.edu.au

Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House Canberra is located on Level 2 of the CHWC. Accommodation is available for families of babies or children needing treatment who live more than 100 km away from the hospital, as well as women with a high-risk pregnancy.

The House has 11 ensuite guestrooms that include double, single and disability access. It also has a full kitchen, dining room, lounge room, laundry, quiet room and two computer nooks.

For more information and to find out if you are eligible, please contact the House on 02 6281 5894.

You can also visit Ronald McDonald House Canberra.

Family Room

The Ronald McDonald Family Room is located on Level 1, opposite the Paediatric Medical Ward. It provides a relaxing space for families to escape the routine of being in hospital.

Tea, coffee and light snacks are available, as well as a shower and laundry facilities to help make your stay a little easier.

The room is run by volunteers, and all families who have children in the hospital are welcome to use these facilities.

George Gregan Playground

The George Gregan playground is open from dawn to dusk on Level 1, near the Paediatric Outpatient area. Please don’t leave your child unsupervised in the playground.

Clown Doctors

The clown doctors make the hospital routine fun and help children feel less stressed by medical procedures. They lighten the pressure for children, families and hospital staff and reduce fear and anxiety during difficult situations.

For more information, or to donate, please see the Humour Foundation.

Starlight Foundation

The Starlight Children’s Foundation provides a program that is fun, accessible and meaningful for your child.

A key part of Starlight’s program is Captain Starlight. These larger than life characters bring fun and laughter to sick children at a time when they need it the most. We encourage you and your child to attend these fun and entertaining sessions when possible. Please let the Captains know if your child can’t make it to the playroom. They are more than happy to visit children in their rooms and brighten their day.

Captain Starlight is in the hospital Monday to Thursday and Saturday.

The Starlight Foundation requests that children under the age of 8 are supervised by a parent or guardian when in the playroom with Captain Starlight.

Stella Bella Beads

The Little Star Beads program is a branch of the Stella Bella Little Stars Foundation. It aims to brighten the lives of children in the ACT region who live with serious and long-term illness.

Children in the program receive beads for specific medical procedures and milestones in their treatment to create a string of beads that tells the story of their personal medical journey.

The Stella Bella Little Stars Foundation also provide vouchers and small grants for parents who are struggling financially and care for their seriously ill children in hospital and at home.

The Foundation offers support and assistance to all children and their families, regardless of diagnosis.

Please call 0423 439 889 or email stellabellasmum@gmail.com for more information.

You can also visit Stella Bella Little Stars Foundation.

Page last updated on: 3 Jun 2020