Portage home visitor

What is the role a portage home visitor?

Portage is a free home visiting educational service for pre-school children with additional needs and their families. Portage home visitors are early years professionals who work with you on activities which will support your child's development. Your home visitor will visit weekly or fortnightly, for approximately one hour, until your child attends regular pre-school or school sessions. We will support you and your child at this stage to ensure that it is a smooth transition. We work closely with physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and other professionals to ensure a comprehensive service is delivered. The Portage Service works closely with Children's Centres across Norfolk and we have portage-trained Family Support Workers in most centres to ensure that portage is available for more families.

Who do they work for?

Portage home visitors are employed by Norfolk children’s services. The service is part of the National Portage Association, which is a worldwide organisation that delivers specific activities using the small steps positive approach; valuing every child and family for their individuality.

Who is the service for?

If a child has a six month delay in two or more areas then they can access the service, however if a parent is unsure what their child’s needs are we will be happy to have an initial discussion about the child’s needs to see if portage is the most suitable service for your child.

Contact a portage home visitor

You can contact the service directly, however if you prefer you can ask your health visitor, GP or any other professional who works with you or your child to make a referral on your behalf.