Durham Portage Service

We are a home visiting early learning support service for pre-school children who have complex developmental needs and their families.

We work in partnership with parents and carers at the earliest stages of recognising their child’s additional needs and through parent-led, family focussed involvement, support their child’s development through the delivery of structured activities and child-led play. 

We offer weekly or sometimes fortnightly home visits by trained Portage Visitors. 

We also offer Portage groups where children have the opportunity to play and learn with their peers within a small group  in a highly supportive environment. 

Parents can meet and enjoy the mutual support that is an inherent part of Portage groups. 

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

We accept referrals to the Portage Service from any professional who knows your child well enough to tell us about him/her and why Portage might be helpful. Referrers should complete the referral form and obtain signed consent from parents or someone with parental responsibility. Parents can also request Portage by contacting the Portage Service Manager in the first instance.

Age range
From 0 years 0 months to 3 years

Local Offer

Local Offer description

The Durham Portage Service is for families living in County Durham who have a child between 0-3 years with complex developmental needs. Following referral we will undertake an intial visit to your home. We will talk to you about the service we can offer and together we will decide if you and your child would benefit from the service.

We acknowledge that you know your child best and Portage builds on this knowledge.  We start by finding out what your child can do and then work with you so that your child learns new skills in small steps through play. We usually arrange weekly or sometimes fortnightly visits to your home and we also offer Portage groups. We work with you to track your child's progress and use this knowledge to help to support your child's transition into pre-school.

We can also advise parents/carers of the support and services that might be available to them and their family.

Contact name
Mrs Lynn Siddle
Contact telephone
03000 263 333

Durham County Council's Families Information Service does not promote nor endorse the services advertised on this website. Anyone seeking to use/access such services does so at their own risk and may make all appropriate enquiries about fitness for purpose and suitability to meet their needs.
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