We are an education support service for pre-school children who have complex developmental needs and their families. During weekly or fortnightly home visits, our Portage workers will work with you and your child to develop your skills and confidence to promote your child's development using a small steps approach. For some families, Portage groups are offered to provide opportunities for children to learn alongside other children and for parents/carers to benefit from the support they can provide for one another.


When is it on?

Time of day
Session information
Home visiting is available Monday to Friday 9.00am - 4.00pm (term time only)

Who to contact

Contact name
Mrs Lynn Siddle
Contact position
Portage Service Manager
03000 263 333

Where to go

Education Development Centre
Enterprise Way
County Durham
DL16 6YP

Other details

Cost description
Referral required?
Referral and availability notes

Requests for involvement can be made by a child's parents or anyone with a good knowledge of the child, with parental agreement. All requests must include signed consent from a parent or person with parental responsibility. If you need help or further information you can contact us.


Age range
From 0 years 0 months to 3 years

Local Offer

Local Offer description

Portage involvement can be requested for families living in County Durham who have a child under three years of age with identified complex developmental needs.

After a referral is received, we will carry out an initial visit to your home to meet with you and your child.

We will discuss Portage with you to decide if it is suitable for you.

When we begin our work with you, we will find out what your child can do already and work with you to plan the next steps of learning for your child.

We will demonstrate play activities that you can practice at home with your child to help him or her learn new skills using a small steps approach. 

We will regularly review your child's progress with you.

Contact name
Mrs Lynn Siddle
Contact telephone
03000 263 333
Contact email

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