How does this service work? Firstly the Portage Co-ordinator will arrange to visit your home to talk about your child's development. If you then wish to carry on and the Co-ordinator feels that Portage will help, a regular visit from a Portage Worker will be made to your home. Each visit lasts about an hour.
What happens at each visit? To begin with, the Portage Worker will observe your child. A Portage Checklist will be used to record what your child can do. During the first six sessions, an outline of your child's development will be drawn up. The next step is to decide which skills are most important for your child's future learning. These are targets and will then be discussed at a meeting between you, the Portage Worker and other agencies involved with your family.
What happens next? Each week teaching activities will be set. These will build on existing skills of your child. The Portage Worker will demonstrate each activity to check that the child can do it. You and the Portage Worker will help each other to make sure activities are fun to do. Between visits you will follow the activities and record how your child has managed them.