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About SickKids


Dedicated exclusively to children and their families, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is one of the largest and most respected paediatric healthcare centres in the world. As innovators in child health, we lead and partner to improve the health of children through the integration of healthcare, leading-edge research and education. Our reputation would not have been built – nor could it be maintained – without the skills, knowledge and experience of the extraordinary people who come to work here every day. SickKids is committed to ongoing learning and development, and features a caring and supportive work environment that combines exceptionally high standards of practice.

When you join SickKids, you become part of our community. We share a commitment and determination to fulfill our vision of Healthier Children. A Better World.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to work alongside the world’s best in paediatric healthcare.


Position Description


Child Life Assistant

We are currently looking for a Child Life Assistant to join our Child Life team at the Hospital for Sick Children.

The Child Life Assistant is responsible for providing opportunities for unstructured play under the guidance of a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) and Professional Practice Lead (PPL). The Child Life Assistant will assist the Child Life team in planning, implementing, and evaluating developmentally appropriate play activities to help normalize the hospital experience and support the emotional and psychosocial needs of children aged 0-18.

Here's What You'll Get To Do:

  • Conduct basic developmental screening of children for provision of appropriate play activities
  • Collaborate with CCLSs to plan and support individual patient needs
  • Deliver bedside play opportunities
  • Plan, provide, promote and evaluate developmentally appropriate play programs for children, adolescents, and families in the playrooms
  • Maintain clean and safe play environments/materials following infection prevention and control policies and procedures
  • Assist with department supplies, restocking, pick-up, organization, storage, and delivery.

Here's What You'll Need:

  • College diploma or certificate in a discipline such as Recreation Therapy, Child and Youth Care, or Early Childhood Studies.
  • Experience working with children and their families, including experience planning and delivering leisure activities for adolescents.
  • Ability to provide culturally sensitive and inclusive care to a diverse and multi-cultural, multi-faith population.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively on multiple teams, within an acute care environment.

Employment Type

Full-Time, Temporary Employment (13 month contract)

Our Commitment to Diversity


The children and families we care for are from a variety of communities, and so are our employees. We welcome and encourage everyone to join our organization and be part of our team.

When requested, SickKids will provide access and inclusion supports to eligible candidates to support their full engagement during the interview and assessment process. Information received related to access or inclusion will be addressed confidentially.

Thank you for your interest in joining SickKids. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. In accordance with our Hospital policy, employment at SickKids is conditional upon the Hospital’s receipt of all necessary documentation.

FOR EXTERNAL APPLICANTS ONLY: As a health care institution, our highest priority is the safety of patients, families and staff. As a result, we are adopting all prevention measures to ensure the safety of our patients, families and our staff. Therefore, any offer of employment is conditional upon you submitting proof that you have been fully vaccinated with a Health Canada or World Health Organization (WHO) approved COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible and no later than fourteen (14) calendar days prior to the effective start date, in addition to satisfying any other condition(s) that may be set out in an offer. If a candidate fails to satisfy this condition (or any other condition(s) set out in an offer), any offer of employment shall be immediately rescinded.

How to Apply

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Job Child Life Assistant in Toronto

The Hospital for Sick Children

Toronto