Services for Young Children

Portage Initial Training

This four day course combines Hampshire’s Popeye course with the National Portage Association’s (NPA) Portage Basic Workshop curriculum (2004). Supporting the recommendations of the Tickell review of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), this training develops good practice in identifying and meeting the special educational needs of young children, primarily through careful observation and playful adult-directed learning. It describes effective partnerships with parents and demonstrates how to assist a child’s development through carefully sequenced teaching targets towards individualised learning goals. It promotes inclusion by showing practitioners how to apply Portage principles and skills to their Early Years Foundation Stage setting, whether a reception class, child-minder’s home, pre-school or nursery group. The National Portage Association’s Basic Workshop certificate is awarded upon full attendance and successful completion of all individual assignments. Participants may choose to undertake some additional assignments to gain the BTEC Level 3 Advanced Award in Portage skills. Further details of this will be given at the start of the course. This course is suitable for EYFS practitioners with at least a relevant level 3 qualification who have day-to-day or overall responsibility for including children with special educational needs in their setting. It is also essential training for new Portage Home Visitors working under supervision in accredited Portage services. The cost of the course for those outside Hampshire is £160, for Portage Parents the cost is £40. For those in a Hampshire setting with a Training Subscription it is free.
Requirements of the course are full attendance and satisfactory completion of all course assignments.

Course Code Dates Time Location Closing date for applications Bookings through
tbc 29 Sep, 30 Sep, 6 Oct, 7 Oct 2014 09:30 - 16:00 Lyndhurst   Please contact Paula Borthwick, Portage Administrator, Hampshire Portage Service, Services for Young Children, Woodcot Primary School, Tukes Avenue, Gosport, Hampshire, PO13 0SG, Tel: 01329 286750 email: paula.borthwick2@hants.gov.uk
tbc 23 Feb, 24 Feb, 2 Mar, 3 Mar 2015 09:30 - 16:00 Romsey   Please contact Paula Borthwick, Portage Administrator, Hampshire Portage Service, Services for Young Children, Woodcot Primary School, Tukes Avenue, Gosport, Hampshire, PO13 0SG, Tel: 01329 286750 email: paula.borthwick2@hants.gov.uk