What is a Portage Service?
The Portage Model is a wonderful method of teaching all children, in particular children with additional needs and their family.
The Portage Model of Learning is characterised by the following attributes
Regular home visiting for children aged 0 – 3 years;
Supporting the development of play, communication, relationships, and learning for young children within the family;
Supporting the child and family’s participation and inclusion in the community in their own right;
Working together with parents within the family, with them taking the leading role in the partnership that is established;
Helping parents to identify what is important to them and their child and plan goals for learning and participation;
Keeping a shared record of the child’s progress and other issues raised by the family;
Responding flexibly to the needs of the child and family when providing support;
Portage intervention is available if your child has two or more areas of developmental difficulties and are demonstrating a minimum of a six month delay impacting on their learning. The child must be between 0-3 years of age when the intervention starts and they must live in the London Borough of Sutton.
Levels of Portage Intervention: the following is a list of intervention levels that will be decided at the initial Portage home visit, and in discussion with the parent/ carer.
Short Term intervention: For children near to three years of age/ borderline criteria met/ need for assessment before decision made. Three home visits offered.
Nursery Offer: For Children attending nursery, pre-school or childminder for 10 hours plus per week. Three home visits per term and one nursery meeting/ observation.
Core Portage Intervention: (Standard Offer) Fortnightly home visits are offered until the child is three years of age or no longer meets the criteria.
Intensive Portage Intervention: For children with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties/ Complex Health needs / Children at end of life. Weekly home visits are offered.
Specialist Groups and Community Based Activities
The Portage Service runs a number of community based groups around Sutton. Groups are developed based on gaps in service provision and through service evaluation & parent voice and in response to the needs of parents and disabled children in the borough.
The following 2 groups are the PlayWise Community Offer:
Tactile Tales: This is a group held in the PlayWise Hub and delivers interactive stories and songs with a range of visual communication aids and Objects of Reference (OOR). The group is for children with additional needs aged between 0 – 5 years. Parents and carers can access this group as they wish. No booking required. Free of charge. Delivered during Term Time Only. Dates and times available on request.
Play Date: A supportive, fun and interactive Play and Stay session at Tweeddale Children Centre for children and their families. Play Date offers an opportunity meet new parents on a similar journey, receive advice and guidance on strategies to help and support your child’s development and provide a gentle and nurturing introduction to a pre-school environment for children with a range of needs.
The group incorporates an interactive and educational Circle Time – that ALL children can access, a group cookery activity, fun indoor and outdoor activities, a sensory room and soft play room. Parents and carers can access this group as they wish.
No booking required. Only £1 per child. Delivered during Term Time only. Dates and times available on request.
Nemo's & PASC are groups that are available through referral only:
Nemos Swimming session: this group is for children with physical disabilities (0 - 5 years) and it's delivered from a specialist school provision with a hydrotherapy pool. Only Available to PlayWise Portage families. Term time only.
PASC (Play & Social Communications Skill Group): This group is for children presenting with delays and challenges with social interaction, play, language and communication and associated behaviours aged between 2.5 years and 4 years of age. A 10-week programme delivered termly.
Tatty Bumpkin - £15 for a six week course, payment in advance - A fun yoga inspired class for children designed to encourage movement, listening, language and enhance overall development, delivered on a termly basis.