Portage offers a framework of support with regular home visits by a trained Portage Home Visitor.

Parents share with the home visitor their understanding of their child’s individual abilities and support needs. The Portage Home Visitor will help the parents complete a developmental profile which will help with identifying the child's strengths and goals for future learning.

The Portage home visit will include time spent on structured teaching, child led play and family focused discussion. Play activities will be based on the child’s preferences and presented at their pace to ensure success. The family will be able to practice and enjoy them together in between home visits.

The Home Visitor can help when the child starts nursery or school by meeting regularly with the staff and other professionals involved, to share the child’s abilities and support needs and to set shared goals.

Can my child have Portage?

To be able to access the Portage service a family has to live in the Torbay area and have.

  • An Early Years child with a significant delay in 2 or more areas of development, or a disability that is known to result in a significant developmental delay.


 Referrals usually come from;

  • Health visitors
  • Paediatricians
  • Child Development Centre
  • Nurseries
  • Parents 

You can make a referral by completing an application form and sending it to us.

  Download an service referral form

Once an Early Support referral form is completed a decision is made on the best services for the child.

For further information visit the National Portage Association Opens in a new window or read our service user guide.

Service User Guide 2016-17
Educational psychology service, portage home visiting, early years and advisory teacher for SEN: A guide for schools and other users