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What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapists are specially trained to help children with physical disabilities, difficulties with their motor development and if they have an injury.

Physiotherapists help with children’s movement skills with the aim of improving their independence and their body’s function. 

In Brighton & Hove there are two physiotherapy services working with children and young people in the city.

This web page is about the service based at Seaside View Child Development Centre. The other service is based at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital and provides in-patient care, as well as out-patient management of respiratory, musculo-skeletal and rheumatological conditions.

Who can use the physiotherapy service?

At the Seaside View Child Development Centre the physiotherapists treat children with a wide range of conditions including:

  • Developmental delay
  • Neurological or neuromuscular disorders e.g. Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy
  • Congenital syndromes and metabolic diseases e.g. Down syndrome, Rett Syndrome
  • Co-ordination difficulties

How is the children's physiotherapy service delivered?

The Physiotherapist will spend some time finding out about your child’s skills and needs. Intervention may include: a personalised treatment programme to be carried out with parents/carers/educational setting, advice and strategies, provision of orthotics (foot supports or shoe insoles) and other equipment, referral to other services. Physiotherapists may work with a child individually or in a group, or they may help the child by supporting others such as the child’s parent/carer or education staff.

We recognise the importance of working in partnership with children’s parents and carers to maximise a child’s physical abilities and independence.

How to access

Contact your GP or health visitor to discuss any concerns you have. If your child is at school, you could discuss your concerns with the SENCO. Any health or education professional can refer a child or young person to our service. Referrals may go to the Seaside View Child Development Centre referrals panel. We aim to see children within 18 weeks.

Contact details

Seaside View Child Development Centre
Brighton General Hospital
Elm Grove
Brighton BN2 3EW


Opening Hours 
Monday – Friday 09.00 -17.00

How to find us

Seaside View Child Development Service
Edburton Building
Brighton General Hospital
Elm Grove
East Sussex

Tel 01273 265780

Car parking: Car parking charges will apply at Brighton General Hospital. Please use the patient/visitor car park on your right as you enter. Free parking is available on surrounding streets however restricted for permit holders between 11 - 12am and 6 - 7pm. There are disabled parking bays outside Seaside View if you are a Blue Badge holder.

Buses for Brighton General Hospital: There are bus stops located nearby and around the Brighton General site. Buses: 2, 21, 22, 22A, 23, 37B

Other information: Seaside View Child Development Service is wheelchair accessible. We have disabled toilets and baby changing facilities.  We have a water cooler in Reception and there are refreshments available from mobile coffee shop in the Patient and Visitor car park (8am - 3pm).  If you have any additional needs please contact us to see if these can be accommodated.