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Portage is a free home visiting service for pre-school children with a disability or additional needs from birth to four years old. 

The service also supports children with what is known as 'developmental delay'. This is when a child is not progressing as expected in his or her understanding, thinking or physical development.

What does portage involve?

A trained portage worker will visit you at home to offer support and advice, generally on a weekly or fortnightly basis. The aim of each visit is to identify fun activities which your family can enjoy together to help build your child's confidence. Parents are encouraged to share with their portage worker, information about their child's abilities and support needs.

What will my portage worker do?

Your portage worker 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 children’s centres where you can meet other parents and take part in activities together. 

If your child does not receive portage and you think it would help please contact us by emailing or call 020 8937 4300. A member of the team will then carry out an assessment of your needs  

We can also receive referrals from professionals who work with children, for example a doctor, health visitor or nursery worker. Please see the contact details above, for how to do this. 

Age group

0-5 years

Contact number

020 8937 4300