Portage is a home visiting early educational service for families who have a baby or young child (0-5 years) with additional needs. Portage workers work in partnership with parents to help them to teach their child new skills using a range of techniques that are known to work well for children with additional needs.
Portage helps children who have significant delays in their development. Children do not need a diagnosis to access Portage.
Portage groups bring together a small number of children with a parent/carer to develop their social skills and provide an opportunity for the adults to meet with other parents/carers to share experiences and provide mutual support. Groups are by invitation only and take place at Children’s Centres where there will be a small number of parking places reserved for people with disabilities. Other parking spaces may be limited (please note these groups are dependent on there being a sufficient number of families living close to or able to travel to a Children’s Centre).
Requests for Portage support are made through the East Riding of Yorkshire Early Years Support Team
For more information and to down load a referral form visit the Early Years Support page.
Parent and sibling involvement
Portage Workers do not work alone with a child; the success of Portage is dependent on working together with parents to promote the child’s development. Portage sessions that allow the parent and their child with an additional need to be the main focus are likely to be more successful however siblings will always be included both at home and at Portage groups.
Registered service and regulatory body
East Riding Portage Service is registered with the National Portage Association and fulfills all the criteria required for registration.
Training acquired to support children and young people with SEND and their families
All Portage Workers have (as a minimum) a qualification that is equivalent to a Level 3 Diploma for the Children & Young People's Workforce (Early Learning & Childcare). All Portage Workers and Volunteers have completed a Basic Portage Workshop. In addition Portage Workers have received training in signing and a range of approaches that are used specifically for supporting children with additional needs.
Portage approved Early Years Settings
The National Portage Association Stamp of Approval Scheme is an award which formally recognises and acknowledges inclusive settings that work in partnership with parents to ensure high quality provision for children with additional needs.
For more information about the National Portage Association and the Stamp of Approval visit the Portage hub on the NPA website
The following childcare settings have been awarded the National Portage Stamp of Approval:
Elloughton Private Nursery
Fir Trees Nursery School
Hornsea Nursery School
Kiddycare Day Nursery
New Pastures Community Pre-school
New Pasture Lane Primary School
Rainbow Pre-school, Goole
To search for childminders and childcare settings please follow the link below.
Search for childcare (external East Riding website)
In addition, the following Children's Centres have achieved the National Portage Stamp of Approval:
Pocklington and Market Weighton,
East Riding Portage Service,