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Early Years Portage Service
Portage is a home-based educational service for children and their parents/carers. Portage groups are also available for families accessing Portage (please note these groups are dependent on there being a sufficient number of families living close to or able to travel to a children’s centre). Further information about Portage can be found on the website for the National Portage Association.

Portage website (external website)
0-5 years
Location and access
East Riding Portage Service,
Room BF75,
County Hall,
Cross Street,
HU17 9BA

Portage groups take place at Children’s Centres where there will be a small number of parking places reserved for people with disabilities, other parking spaces may be limited.
Access to this service
Parents/carers and professionals (with signed parental consent) can complete a ‘Request for Early Support’ form. This is then sent to the Early Support Co-ordinator.
Who this service is for
Portage helps children who have significant delays in their development. Children do not need a diagnosis to access Portage.
How we communicate with children, young people with SEND and their families
Portage Workers help parents to teach their children new skills using a range of techniques that are known to work well for children with additional needs.
Parent and sibling involvement
Portage Workers do not work alone with a child; the success of Portage is dependent on working together with parents to help children. 
Portage sessions that allow the parent and their child with an additional need to be the main focus are likely to be more successful however siblings will always be included both at home and at Portage groups.
Registered service and regulatory body
East Riding Portage Service registered with the National Portage Association and fulfills all the criteria required for registration.
Training acquired to support children and young people with SEND and their families
All Portage Workers have (as a minimum) a qualification that is equivalent to a Level 3 Diploma for the Children & Young People's Workforce (Early Learning & Childcare). All Portage Workers and Volunteers have completed a Basic Portage Workshop. In addition Portage Workers have received training in signing and a range of approaches that are used specifically for supporting children with additional needs.
Opening times
Monday to Thursday 9am-5pm 
Fridays 9am-4.30pm
Cost of service and payment options
There is no charge to families.
Contact information
Tel: (01482) 392221  

Contacts for comments, compliments and complaints
Contact Sue Thompson at the details provided above or contact the council's 'Tell us how it is' services either:
  • text your comments to 07929 052232
  • tell your local councillor or staff member
  • complete a 'Tell us how it is' form available from any customer services centre, leisure centre or library.
There is no map available for this service
Page last updated: Friday, 03 November 2017