Paediatric physiotherapy is a specialist service for children and young people aged 0 to 18 years old (up to 19 for those in special schools) with gross motor difficulties that impact their everyday life and independence.

Conditions include:

  • neurological conditions
  • developmental delay
  • rheumatology
  • developmental co-ordination
  • abnormal gait
  • orthopaedic
  • musculoskeletal problems
  • rehabilitation following surgery
  • acquired head injuries

Community physiotherapists assess, treat and provide advice to children, young people and their families.

They work as a team of paediatric occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, paediatricians, nursing teams, education and social care services.

Their work can involve:

  • direct therapy on an individual basis or in groups
  • specialist clinics
  • stretching and strengthening exercise plans
  • postural care, positioning and manual handling
  • health promotion and advice to schools on how children with physical needs can fully access the curriculum to their maximum potential
  • training for parents, carers and school staff to carry out programmes to enable continued care

The service provides therapy to children at:

  • home
  • children's centres
  • nurseries
  • special schools
  • mainstream schools
  • clinics

How to get a referral

Referrals are accepted from any professional working with a child or young person who has a Medway GP and or attends a Medway school.

Parents can call the duty system for information about referrals on 0300 123 5005 or email

You can also make a referral for children's physiotherapy online.