Northumberland Portage Service

PLEASE NOTE due to current circumstances with COVID-19 please contact Portage Lead via email should you need to contact the service.

Nature of work:

  • Advice/information
  • 1:1 Support
  • Family Support
  • Education

View information on the Pre-School Portage Service from Northumberland County Council

Who to contact

Contact Name
Lisa Headington
Contact Position
Administrative Assistant
01670 622741

Where to go

Main building
Aesca House
South View
NE63 0SF

Portage referal forms available from NCC Website

When is it on?

Time of day

Other details

Referral required?
Referral and availability notes

Portage referral form available from NCC website


Local Offer

Local Offer Description

Name of Service:

Northumberland Portage Service


 What does your service do?

 Portage is a home teaching service for pre-school children with additional needs.  It helps parents and carers to support their child’s learning.

Parents and carers agree an appropriate time for a visit with their portage home visitor. Each visit takes place at home and will last for approximately one hour.   Together parents, carers and home visitors plan activities to encourage and promote their child’s development.

 The Portage Home Visitor shares information and supports the child’s transition into a preschool setting/school.

 2. Where is it located and what areas does it cover?

Currently based at Aesca House, South View, Ashington, NE63 0SF, the Portage Service visits children who live in Northumberland.

  3. Who does your service provide for?

The Portage Service works with children birth to five years, where there are significant delays in at least two areas of a child’s development.

PLEASE NOTE: We work with children aged birth to five, however we must work with the child for at least two terms before they enter full time education. If this is not possible, the child is not likely to be accepted for our Portage service.

 4. How can I start using the service?

 Parents, carers or professionals can refer to the Portage Service.  A referral form can be downloaded from the Portage Website.

 5. How are decisions made about who can use your service?

The Portage Lead will visit the child in the home and carry out an initial visit.  A decision will be made after discussion with the parent/carer as to whether the child meets the criteria (available on the website) for the Service.

 6. How do you communicate with service users and how are they involved in decision making/planning?

Service users can access leaflets about Portage and what to expect from the Portage Service via our website.

Portage 2 day training workshops plus a follow up day are run every year which parents and professionals can attend.

The Portage Home Visitor will regularly review a child’s progress and provide progress reports for the parent/carer.  They will also be passed on with consent from the parent/carer to professionals involved with the child. 

 7. Is your service fully accessible?

 The Portage Service visits children in their homes.

 8. What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had or are having?

 Portage Home Visitors have a wide range of experience in working with families and children with additional needs.  They are trained in making learning easier, by breaking skills down into small steps. They will devise an individual teaching programme including activities to help encourage and promote participation, play, communication independence and learning.

 The Portage team work very closely with other professionals involved in the child’s care.  Wherever possible joint home visits are made.  The Portage Home Visitor will also take on the role as Lead Professional for the family.

 9. Who can I contact for further information?

 Lynne McKillup – Portage Lead

 Telephone number:  01670 622741






Contact Name
Lynne McKillup
Contact Telephone
01670 624720
Contact Email
Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years (0-4 years)
Needs Level
SEN Provision Type

Last updated on: 23/04/2020

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Address: Aesca House  South View  Ashington  Northumberland

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