Portage is a home visiting early educational service for families who have a baby or young child (0-5 years) with additional needs. Portage workers work in partnership with parents to help them to teach their child new skills using a range of techniques that are known to work well for children with additional needs. 

Portage helps children who have significant delays in their development. Children do not need a diagnosis to access Portage.

Portage Groups bring together a small number of children with a parent/carer to develop their social skills and provide an opportunity for the adults to meet with other parents/carers to share experiences and provide mutual support. Groups are by invitation only and take place at Children’s Centres where there will be a small number of parking places reserved for people with disabilities. Other parking spaces may be limited (please note these groups are dependent on there being enough families living close to or able to travel to a Children’s Centre).

Requests for Portage support are made through the East Riding of Yorkshire Early Years Support Team  

For more information and to down load a referral form visit the Early Years Support page.

Parent and sibling involvement

Portage Workers do not work alone with a child; the success of Portage is dependent on working together with parents to promote the child’s development. Portage sessions that allow the parent and their child with an additional need to be the focus are likely to be more successful, however, siblings will always be included both at home and at Portage groups.

Registered service and regulatory body

East Riding Portage Service is registered with the National Portage Association and fulfills all the criteria required for registration.

The National Portage Association has awarded East Riding Portage Service a prestigious 5 star grading in recognition of high organisational standards and the range of Portage services delivered.

Training acquired to support children and young people with SEND and their families

All Portage Workers have (as a minimum) a qualification that is equivalent to a Level 3 Diploma for the Children & Young People's Workforce (Early Learning & Childcare). All Portage Workers and Volunteers have completed a Portage Workshop. In addition, Portage Workers have received training in signing and a range of approaches that are used specifically for supporting children with additional needs.

Portage approved Early Years Settings

The National Portage Association Stamp of Approval Scheme is an award which formally recognises and acknowledges inclusive settings that work in partnership with parents and follow the Portage Principles to ensure high quality provision for children with additional needs. 

For more information about the National Portage Association and the Stamp of Approval visit the Portage hub on the NPA website 

The following childcare settings have been awarded the National Portage Stamp of Approval:

Elloughton Private Nursery

Fir Trees Nursery School

Hornsea Nursery School

Kiddycare Day Nursery

New Pasture Lane Primary School

Rainbow Pre-school, Goole

Tickton Pre-school

To search for childminders and childcare settings please follow the link below.

Search for childcare (external East Riding website)

In addition, the following Children's Centres have achieved the National Portage Stamp of Approval:

Brough and Hessle


Kingsway Goole, 

Marshlands and Howden

Pocklington and Market Weighton,  


Contact Details

East Riding Portage Service, 

Room FS32,

County Hall, 

Cross Street, 


HU17 9BA

Email: eyst@eastriding.gov.uk

If you would like further information about the Portage Service, please contact us via the email address or telephone number above.