Portage is an Educational Service for pre-school children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, offering bespoke packages of intervention to support a child’s development through Pre-school learning groups and or home learning sessions. Portage supports children’s learning and development using a small steps approach.
Portage Practitioners work in partnership with families, recognising that parents are the best people to teach their child. Parental involvement is essential in both the planning and delivery of activities to support the child's learning.
What is the Portage offer?
- Support and advice either through regular Portage Pre-School Learning Groups or Home Learning Sessions
- Developing ideas which grow from a shared knowledge of your child's development.
- Breaking down activities into small steps to ensure the child’s learning is successful.
- Assessing monitoring and recording the child's progress.
- Working in conjunction with other agencies.
- Transition and support into Early Years provisions.
Working in partnership with families
Using the Kent Best Practice Portage Assessment Checklist linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage, Portage helps children to develop their:
- Communication and language
- Personal Social Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Art and Design.
How to make a referral to Kent Portage
NHS Children’s Care Coordination Team Referrals
If you need to make a referral to the NHS Children’s Care Coordination Team please visit the NHS Children’s Integrated Therapies website where you can find the referral form and contact details for each area.