Portage home visiting service

Portage home visiting service

What free services we provide to support children with SEND needs up to the age of four

We offer a home visiting educational and support service called portage for children from birth to four years old with SEND through a referral service. We provide:

  • home visits for families either weekly, fortnightly or monthly, depending on the child’s needs
  • a non-designated key function, which helps families coordinate their child’s care and learning
  • a weekly drop in group called Rainbows for parent and carers with a child who has special educational needs and disabilities

Portage supports your child through play by:

  • helping you and your child learn and play together
  • providing targets that support your child to develop
  • providing ideas for play and teaching activities
  • supporting you in developing your knowledge about special educational needs
  • helping your child get ready for moving onto the next stage of their education, such as starting nursery
  • using specialist resources and equipment, which you may be able to borrow from our Early years inclusion library, through your portage and inclusion specialist

How to refer

We accept referrals from parents and any professionals working with the child’s family.

Fill in the Early years portage and inclusion team referral form (word doc, 65KB) (opens new window)

To return the referral to us you must follow our secure email guidance.

Email completed applications to earlyyears.sensupport@bristol.gov.uk

If your child needs more support 

If your child needs support from other professionals, your early years portage and inclusion specialist will:

  • help you identify the services you need
  • support you in accessing appropriate early education opportunities
  • help your child transfer to a setting by making sure the practitioners are aware of your child’s needs 


If you have any queries about the Early Years Portage and Inclusion Service you can email earlyyears.sensupport@bristol.gov.uk.