Portage is a home-visiting educational service for pre-school children aged up to four with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The service aims to support the development of young children’s play, communication, relationships and day-to-day participation in family life.
A trained portage worker will visit you at home to offer support and advice, generally on a weekly or fortnightly basis. However, due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, the service has changed how it is currently operating. Read the Portage leaflet for further details.
Your portage worker will help organise fun activities for your family, which will help you to develop your child's communication, physical and social skills and improve their learning and development. You will also be given information about portage support groups held at local Family Wellbeing Centres where you can meet other parents.
If your child does not receive portage and you think it would be helpful please contact the service by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0208 937 4300. A member of the team will then carry out an assessment of your needs. Professionals such as doctors, health visitors and nursery workers can also refer a child to the service using the contact details, above.