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Portage Service - BCP Council

Portage Service - BCP Council logo

The BCP Council Portage Service is a home-visiting education service for children aged 1 - 3 years with significant developmental delay and complex SEND needs.

The Service is registered with the National Portage Association and has been recognised as a 5-star Portage Service.

The team are committed to continuing professional development through training and specialist workshops and put their skills and knowledge into practice with children and families.   

For full details of the service click here.

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Venue/Contact Details
Helen Jones
01202 127268
07824 521406
BCP Council Civic Centre
Bourne Avenue
Area coverage
BCP Area
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  • Hearing Loop Available
  • Wheelchair Accessible
Times and Costs
Opening times:
Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.
Further opening details:
  • Afternoon
  • Morning
  • Daily
  • All Year Round
This service is free.
Ages, Booking Details and Referral Information
From 1 years to 3 years
Eligibility criteria:
Parents or carers or anyone concerned about the development of a child can make a referral via email.
Booking Information:
Parents or carers or anyone concerned about the development of a child can make a referral via email.
Referral process:
  • Before considering or making a referral to the Portage Service please ensure that the child meets the learning and development criteria and that the family have the capacity to access regular home visits/support and to implement learning strategies and activities. For children with mild/moderate delays in their development you might want to consider support from the Health Visiting Service, Speech and Language Therapy Service or your local Family Hub/Children's Centre.
Religious and Additional Needs Provision
Additional needs supported:
  • Global Development Delay
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Motor Impairment
  • Speech, Language & Communication Needs
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Learning Difficulty
  • Chromosome Deletion
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Physical Disability
  • Downs Syndrome
Special dietary provision
SEND Local Offer SEND

Portage is a home visiting education service for children under the age of four who have complex special educational needs and developmental delay.

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