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Portage Pre-School Support Service (PPS)

The service provides educational support to young children who have complex needs.

The child and family receive regular visits to their home, or early years setting. Parents and early years practitioners will discuss and plan appropriate learning experiences with the Portage Consultant, which support the child to enjoy learning through play.

The PSS Service

The service is currently staffed by two teams of Portage Consultants based in the east of the county and in the west. The Portage Consultants work alongside a range of professionals throughout their involvement with the child and family. These include:

  • Early Years practitioners
  • Educational Psychologists
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Health Visitors

Service Delivery

Children using the service may be experiencing a range of educational and/or medical needs. The service takes into consideration that needs change over time, therefore the level and type of support may change to meet them.

Children and families can receive support at any time from birth to the end of the first term at school. The majority of these children attend local mainstream Early Years settings.

How does the service work?

The service may support the child throughout his/her transition from home to early years setting and from early years setting to school.

Parents work alongside the Portage Consultant to support their child in reaching their full potential in the early years.

The service also help providers meet the needs of the child within the setting, as well as getting them access to additional funding if needed. They aim to increase the confidence and skills of Early Years Foundation Stage Practitioners, by providing Specialist Training Workshops.

How do I access the service?

Requests for involvement are received from a range of health professionals and from Early Years settings. Parents can contact the Portage service themselves if they have concerns about their child.

For further information, please contact Lindsey Howell or visit the National Portage site (opens in a new window).

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