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Early Years & Portage from the Barnsley Inclusion Service

What we provide

  • Assessment and teaching for individual children, either in the family home (portage based service), or in settings, family centres and schools.
  • Support and guidance to parents who have pre-school children with additional needs.
  • Co-ordination of the team around the family (TAF), if there are several agencies working together to support the child.
  • Training for parents, settings and schools.

What is portage?

Portage is a home-visiting educational service for pre-school children with SEND and their families.

Portage aims to:

  • work with families to help them develop a quality of life and experience, for themselves and their young children, in which they can learn together, play together, participate and be included in their community in their own right.
  • play a part in minimising the disabling barriers that confront young children and their families.
  • support the national and local development of inclusive services for children.

Children we work with

Children we work with

We support children from birth to four years of age who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Depending on the child's learning development needs, we can either work with them at home, alongside their parents, or with other professionals in the child's setting.

What we provide.

What we provide

  • Assessment and teaching for individual children, either in the family home (portage based service), or in settings, family centres and schools.
  • Support and guidance to parents who have pre-school children with additional needs.
  • Co-ordination of the team around the family (TAF), if there are several agencies working together to support the child.
  • Training for parents, settings and schools.

How do I refer into the service?

Referrals

Children are usually referred to the service by health or social care professionals who may already be working with the family. Referrals can be made by completing our referral form and emailing it to us.

When we receive a referral we'll carry out an initial visit at the family home to discuss the child's needs and possible portage offer.

Where can I find out more?

Click here to see more from Barnsley Inclusion Service - Early Years and Portage 

The Portage Association website has lots of useful information for parents and carers. 

Click here to open their website. 

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