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The Activity Centre

The activity centre at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and University College Hospital (UCH) is for children, young people and families to enjoy play, fun, learning and leisure.

Hospital School - Paint pot of six different colours and child's hand
The activity centre is for inpatients, outpatients and siblings of all ages and abilities, from 0-19 years old. 

We offer a welcoming recreational space with educational and fun toys, games and lots of arts and crafts resources. We also have a selection of ICT equipment and plenty of books and DVDs too.

Under fours

We welcome under fours to the activity centre and encourage creativity, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, imagination, problem solving skills, first words, hand-eye co-ordination, social skills and more by providing a range of resources including soft play equipment, interactive toys, learning toys, rattles, baby walkers, light & sound toys, shape sorters and stacking toys.

Children under four years can also be left unaccompanied on referral basis only.

Reception age

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'The Den' at the activity centre

We follow the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum) where possible and we want learning to be a rewarding and enjoyable experience that is enriching, motivating and develops thinking skills.

We aim to minimise as far as possible the interruption and disruption to your child’s education as normally as your child’s circumstances permit.

Activities cover many aspects of learning and development and are delivered through planned purposeful play and is a mix of adult led and child initiated activities.

Over 10s

For children over the age of ten, we have a special room called 'The Den', where you can chill out or play X-box or Wii. We have a huge library of books and you can also enjoy a game of pool or snooker. We also have different card games and plenty of board games.

The sensory room

The activity centre is home to a sensory room, which fosters an atmosphere of relaxation. It has many benefits for children with special needs and, among other things, it can help to improve hand and eye co-ordination and develop language skills.

Please let us know any specific needs your child has so we can accommodate them to the best of our ability.

Timetable - Autumn 2014

Autumn 2014 Timetable - Activity Centre

You can also download a copy of the Activity Centre timetable (PDF, 271kB).

Examples of activities:

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The reading corner
  • Action figures & play sets
  • Vehicles & construction
  • Creative play
  • Art & crafts
  • Books
  • Puzzles & games
  • Messy play
  • Book Corner
  • Physical development
  • Home Corner
  • Cooking
  • Singing Hands

General information

We are open Monday to Friday from 10am until 4.30pm. We close at lunchtime 12.30pm to 1.30pm. Please note on Wednesdays we close at 3.30pm. 

We also remain open during school holiday periods, including over summer and half terms, when the hospital school closes. 

We would prefer if you did not bring snacks with you to the Centre and soft toys are not permitted. It is important your child wears slippers or shoes and please bring your child’s coat in case we go outside.

Share your views

If you, or your brother or sister, used the Activity Centre while you were in hospital, we would be most grateful if you or your parents could complete one of the relevant online questionnaires below.

These are filled in anonymously. All questionnaires received will be confidential.

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