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Early Years Portage Service

                                                Part of Knowsley's Local Offer (KLO)

Portage is a pre school home teaching service for children with additional needs. Staff work in partnership with the child, parents/carers and other professionals to support the child's development.

Age range - 0-3 unless child is not accessing Early Years provision.

What are the eligibility criteria to use the service?

  • Portage Service - The child has to have a delay in more than one area of their development.

Also available:

For children with more than 2 agency involvement supporting their development, they can access a key worker.

The Flexible Support Team who support Inclusion into Early Years Setting,
Criteria: the child has been or will be going to Knowsley Assessment and Placement Panel and it was agreed that the child has significant needs and that the child meets the criteria for the Education Health Care Plan

Universal Plus - Level 2

  • Work borough wide with pre-school children (0-3 or until they access 3 year funding) and their families where there is a delay in more than one area of the child's development.
  • Portage Home Visitors visit the family on  a weekly basis, establish a baseline and set activites each week to help them reach their full potential. 
  • The team work in partnership with the parents/carer on skills they wish to teach their child.
  • Early Support Key Workers - within the team there is a Designated key worker who works with 18 families where the child has involvement with 2 or more agencies..
  • All Portage workers are trained as Early Support Key Workers and will key work for one family where they are the home visitor.
  • Sibling support to families that are known to Portage Service or referred by other agencies.Usful Early Years Portage Leaflet 

Useful leaflets 

Portage leaflet 

Contact Details

0151 443 5630

c/o Southmead Children’s Centre
Sherwood Drive
L35 3XZ

L36 6GA

Opening days / times

Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

Additional Information

Age range

0 - 3

Referral procedure

Delay in more than one area of development through Child Development Centre

Availability comments

Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

Things to know

DBS Policy in place,

Age range - 0-3 unless child is not accessing Early Years provision.

Delivery period


Provides additional or specialist facilities for SEN & D peopleProvides additional or specialist facilities for SEN & D people

Home basedHome based

Region wideRegion wide

Part of the local offerPart of the local offer

Overall rating:


20 October 2017 - 6:07pm
i want to give a review to the portage team on the care that my grandson has been given and to thank them for all there help they have given him and the family they do a excellent job and we miss them so much he is 3 now and that part of his care ends he is comming on so much can you pass this message on thankyou

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