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Portage

John Fielding provides Portage for families in Boston and the surrounding areas. Portage is a home visiting educational service for pre-school children with additional needs. These may be learning difficulties, developmental delay or physical difficulties. The Portage Team aims to help families by working with them in the home, helping them to meet the needs of their child.
The name Portage comes from the town of Wisconsin, USA where the home teaching scheme was developed in the 1970’s.

The Portage Home Visitor works with parents in their home because young children initially learn best in the security of their own environment, with the people who know them. In this way the best teaching programmes can be developed for every child.

There are eight Portage Teams in Lincolnshire, each comprising of a Portage Team Coordinator and Portage Home Visitors. The Portage Home Visitors may come from different professional backgrounds such as Health, Social Services or Education. They and the Portage Coordinator are all trained to National Portage Association standards. The Lincolnshire Portage Teams are affiliated to the National Portage Association.

The Portage Home Visitor regularly meets with other professionals working with pre-school children to share ideas and review progress. These people may include Physiotherapists, Speech & Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Educational Psychologists. General discussions take place but direct referrals to these services only occur with parental permission.

The Boston service also offers a weekly fun session for parents and children receiving Portage to get together to play, chat and share ideas. These sessions are held every Thursday afternoon in the WOW Room at John Fielding Special School.

HOW DO YOU REFER? Children can be referred from birth by Parents/Carers or any agency involved with the child such as Health Visitors, GP’s, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Paediatricians, Educational Psychologists, Nurseries
One of our Parents has created a Friendly Group to Support, Laugh and help each other when raising Special Children. Here is the link to her page Special Mummys.

For further information around Portage, please contact the school on 01205 363395 or via email at enquiries@john-fielding.lincs.sch.uk