Portage is a home based service for pre-school children with significant additional needs. Children can be referred to the service by a professional working with the child or by the parent themselves. Multi-agency professionals consider the requests for service against the agreed guidance and referrers and parents are informed of the decision.
An initial visit is made by the Lead Portage Teacher to explain the service and arrange for a Portage Visitor to visit the home at a mutually convenient time.
Portage Visitors assess the needs of the child and work in partnership with their parents to build on their abilities and develop new skills. Portage Visitors and parents discuss and agree long term goals. The Portage Visitor then outlines carefully structured activities to enable parents to support and encourage effective learning for their child.
For more information contact:
Portage at Sunningdale School,
Tel: (0191) 5257697.
There is a national Portage website: www.portage.org.uk
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