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Our portage service is an educational home visiting service for pre-school children with developmental needs. We aim to improve outcomes for children and families in the borough.
We support the development of young children's play, communication and relationships. We also help their participation in day-to-day life and inclusion in the wider community.
Portage support is based on the principle that parents are the key figures in the development of their child. We aim to help parents to be confident in this role, whatever their child's needs may be.
Portage is given to families who have:
While your child is on the waiting list, you will receive a monitoring visit every eight weeks. We will then make a decision on whether our service is relevant for your family.
If portage is agreed for your child, you will receive a home visit either:
Working with parents and carers, we offer practical help and ideas to support your child's development through play, using a small steps approach.
We embrace the National Portage Association principles.
Targets will be set for your child based on assessment and observations by you and your portage worker. Your child’s progress will be monitored and checklists will be used to record evidence of your child’s development.
Your portage worker will write a report where necessary. When your service stops, a full portage developmental report will be provided. We may also take a lead role in supporting families who are undergoing an education, health and care (EHC) plan.
To find out more about our portage service, call Corinne Challener, Portage Manager, on 020 7138 1449 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are based at: Kaleidoscope, 32 Rushey Green, Catford SE6 4JF