Portage Outreach is a service offered to early years settings for any child who is requiring a graduated response to identifying and meeting his/her special educational needs.
Some children will meet the developmental criteria for Core Portage, but may not receive home visits because they receive a high number of hours at the setting or it is agreed that the focus of support should be at the setting due to preparation for school.
What does Outreach offer to early years settings?
- Help in assessing the existing skill level of individual children.
- Work with the child’s key worker or SENCo (Special educational needs coordinator) on how to plan and facilitate further progress.
- Provide support to monitor and follow-up progress.
What further benefits are there?
The Outreach worker can:
- Work with the setting to offer support and guidance to meet the individual needs of the child.
- Meet with setting staff and parents/carers to ensure consistency of support to the child.
- Liaise with other professionals such as educational psychologists and therapists to help setting practitioners meet the needs of the child.
- Be available to support the setting in transition planning when necessary.
Portage Outreach Support
To work with a named child the following criteria must be met:
- The child is 0 - 4 yrs of age.
- The setting is registered with Services for Young Children.
- The child is identified as requiring a graduated response to identifying and meeting his/her special educational needs.
- A parental signature has been obtained, giving consent to the referral.
- After a referral is received a visit to the setting will be arranged. Support can vary depending on the level of need.