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Portage Service

The North Somerset Portage service is a home-visiting service for early years children with significant and complex developmental delay. North Somerset Portage is registered with the National Portage Association.

Portage provides support and advice to parents and families to teach their child new skills using a small steps approach.  Portage Practitioners work in partnership with parents and carers to empower them to teach their child through play.

Portage visits include:

  • weekly home visits by a trained and skilled Practitioner.
  • plan, do and review approach for teaching activities designed for each individual child and parent.
  • Portage is a positive approach, building on what a child 'can do.'
  • Portage practitioners liase with other agencies involved and settings when appropriate.
  • Portage Practitioners receive regular clinical supervision.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Mandy Jennings
Contact Position
Senior Portage Practitioner and service Lead
07917 228 278

Where to go

Post only: Portishead Children's Centre
St. Barnabas Centre
West Hill
BS20 6LN

Referrals are accepted from professionals working with the child and family using. We have an open referral system and parents/carers can refer themselves.

Time / Date Details

Session Information
Portage is term time only service. Home visits are during the day and appointments are agreed to suit each individual family.

Local offer

Contact Name
Mandy Jennings
Contact Telephone
07911 722 8278
Contact Email
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