What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a movement science which aims to promote and enhance health, lifestyle and quality of life. Paediatric physiotherapists are specialist practitioners who work with children, and use therapeutic interventions to optimise the child’s development and well being. In addition they may inform or support families and others involved with the child to enable them to deliver appropriate care and education.

Woodcroft employs a Health Professions Council (HPC) registered consultant physiotherapist on a part-time basis, the frequency of which is dependent on the cohort of pupils attending the school at any one time.

What does the physiotherapy service at Woodcroft offer?

The physiotherapist provides direct input, advice and assessment as appropriate, with an emphasis on the development of motor skills, co-ordination and posture. Programmes are individualised and pupil friendly and are carried out by school staff during the day, and where appropriate, and as advised, at home by the pupil’s primary carers.

The physiotherapist advises the school on appropriate equipment and exercises for individuals or groups and will organise the purchase or loan of equipment as needed. In addition, they will work with small groups or advise on group activities that can be integrated within the school day or curriculum areas, such as during play time, P.E. sessions, swimming lessons and pony riding.