Buckinghamshire Portage Service

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Portage is an early years home visiting educational service for children aged 0-3 years, with SEND and their families.  We support children with a delay in two areas of their development by a minimum six months.

Occasionally the service does support children aged 3 plus. Priority is given to children not yet attending a setting or known to Social Care.

We have an open referral system and Parents/Carers can request the service themselves.             

Criteria for Accessing the Service, Request for Involvement Form and Leaflet are available from the Portage office.

We offer different portage packages depending on the needs/age of your child, involving regular home visits within the family home and working alongside other professionals/agencies. We aim to support the gaps in your child’s development via play activities and regularly monitor their progress.

Following a development assessment, the Portage Worker will identify and agree achievable learning goals, with the parent/carer, which will become the basis of their Portage programme. Parents/carers work in close partnership with the Portage Worker to implement the teaching techniques and play activities on a daily basis. Each goal will be broken down into smaller steps to enable the child to participate and learn new skills at their own pace in order for them to reach their identified learning goal.

All Portage Workers are qualified early years practitioners / trained in Makaton Sign Language and we have someone who is experienced and holds qualifications in British Sign Language and the Picture Exchange Communication system. We use sensory play and stories.

The Portage Workers have had additional SEND training for example,  Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome and Sensory Integration.

 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Amanda Hill
Contact Position
Portage Administrator
Telephone
E-mail
portage@buckinghamshire.gov.uk
Website
Buckinghamshire Council

Where to go

Name
Buckinghamshire Council
Address
King George V House
King George V Road
Amersham
Buckinghamshire
Postcode
HP6 5AW
Venue Notes

 

 

Geographic Area Covered
Buckinghamshire

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Office open Monday to Thursday | 8:30am to 5pm and Friday | 8:30am to 4:30pm
Session Information
Appointments are arranged by the child's Portage Worker

Other Details

Cost Description

Free Service

Age Ranges
From 0 to 3 years
Facilities
British Sign Language (BSL)

Referral

Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

Please contact the Portage office for a Request for Involvement Form.

Local Offer

Description

Portage is an early years home visiting educational service for children aged 0 to 3 years, with SEND and their families.  We support children with a delay in two areas of their development by a minimum six months.t

Occasionally the service does support children aged 3 plus. Priority is given to children not yet attending a setting or known to Social Care.

We have an open referral system and Parents/Carers can request the service themselves.             

Criteria for Accessing the Service, Request for Involvement Form and Leaflet are available from the Portage office.

We offer different portage packages depending on the needs/age of your child, involving regular home visits within the family home and working alongside other professionals/agencies. We aim to support the gaps in your child’s development via play activities and regularly monitor their progress.

Following a development assessment, the Portage Worker will identify and agree achievable learning goals, with the parent/carer, which will become the basis of their Portage programme. Parents/carers work in close partnership with the Portage Worker to implement the teaching techniques and play activities on a daily basis. Each goal will be broken down into smaller steps to enable the child to participate and learn new skills at their own pace in order for them to reach their identified learning goal.

All Portage Workers are qualified early years practitioners / trained in Makaton Sign Language and we have someone who is experienced and holds qualifications in British Sign Language and the Picture Exchange Communication system. We use sensory play and stories.

The Portage Workers have had additional SEND training for example,  Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome and Sensory Integration.

 

Contact Name
Ella Hey
Contact Telephone
Contact Email
Ella.Hey@buckinghamshire.gov.uk
Local Offer Age Bands
2 to 4
0 to 1
SEN Provision Type
Universal service (No referral required)

General Local Offer Response

What needs does your service or activity aim to meet for children and young people with SEND and their families?

We work directly with children and parents in their own home to develop a programme of teaching through activities to support the child's development. It is a structured teaching programme under the guidelines set by The National Portage Association.

What outcomes does your service or activity aim to achieve for children and young people with SEND and their families?

We aim to support and enable children to access play skills, supporting their learning and development through small achievable steps. We aim to work in partnership with the parents/carers empowering them to "teach", and enjoy positive play experiences with their child to enhance their development.

How can children and young people with SEND and their families start to use your service or activity?

Parents or Professionals need to complete a Request for Involvement Form and send it to the Portage Service office.

How is your service or activity fully accessible to children, young people with SEND and their families, for example, facilities, support from staff?

Visits generally take place within the child's home where the Portage Worker works with the child and parents/carers, in a place so the child feels most comfortable and at ease.

How do you communicate with children, young people with SEND and their families?

Portage Workers have direct contact with the child and their family, and access is available by mobile phones and email

What training have your staff and/or volunteers received to support children and young people with SEND and their families?

The Portage Workers have undertaken specialist training with the National Portage Association. The team have vast experience and knowledge of working with children with Special Educational Needs. The Portage Workers all have a minimum of CACHE level 3 or equivalent in Early Years and Childcare. Some Portage Workers have a degree in Early Years, including the Co-ordinator who has a BA degree in Early Years and Education.

What future plans does your service or activity have for developing its SEND provision, for example, training, facilities?

As a service we would like to recruit additional volunteers with a childcare/SEN background to support the work of the Portage Service.

Last Updated
07/01/2021

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