Early Years Inclusion Teachers - Portage Service

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This service is for families with children who have complex additional needs and is a home visiting teaching service based on a portage model for children from birth to school age.

We aim to

  • Help families and children learn together
  • Provide strategies and targets to support children’s development
  • Provide ideas for play/teaching activities to support parents/carers in stimulating their child’s development
  • Support parents/carers in developing their knowledge regarding special educational needs processes and procedures

We do this by

  • Supporting parents in understanding the developmental and educational needs of their child.
  • Identifying and understanding behaviours so that appropriate interventions and strategies can be implemented at home, which will promote the child’s individual learning.
  • Working closely with parents/carers and if appropriate liaise with relevant professionals to ensure a positive outcome for the child.
  • Planning for a successful transition into both an early years setting and school
  • Inform parents of the range of educational provision available in Wokingham so that they can make informed choices regarding the appropriate early years settings and schools when considering their child’s need.
  • Signposting parents to other services and if appropriate make direct referrals to other services
  • Offer advice on local and statutory processes to support children with complex SEND including the Education Health and Care needs assessment process.

Contact information

Children under 5 with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)
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Contact Name
Christine Broughton
Contact Position
Early Years Inclusion Teacher
078 9906 3372 078 9906 3372


Wokingham Borough Council
Shute End
RG40 1BN
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Costs and Fee Information

Service/Activity is Free
How is the service funded
Local Authority

Complaints Procedure

Complaints procedure notes

For further information contact our Complaints Team

Call: 0118 974 6620/6350
Email: customerservice@wokingham.gov.uk

Website: Children's services complaints

Accessing this service

Age Ranges
Birth to 5 years
Eligibility Criteria

The Portage service is accessed through Wokingham’s multi-disciplinary Early Years Support Panel. Children are referred into the service by a health professional, Area SENCO or specialist teacher. 
The Early Years Support Panel meets  monthly in term time, in order to discuss the needs of the children referred and to agree the most appropriate support and intervention to be offered. The criteria it applies to all those referred to the panel is as follows;

  • The child resides in Wokingham Borough
  • Referred by health professional, Area SENCO, specialist teacher or sensory consortium
  • Child is aged between 0-4/5 years with at least 1 term before they are due to start school
  • Child shows signs of a significant need in at least 2 areas of development one of which must be cognition, or a known medical condition or syndrome which impacts on a child’s learning
  • parents are willing and able to engage with the Portage model of intervention


Referral required
Referral notes

Referrals via:

  • Health professional
  • Early Years Inclusion Advisor
  • Dingleys Promise Staff
  • SEN Team
  • Sensory Consortium

Provision For

Supporting people with
Neurological conditions
Sensory Impairment
Autism Spectrum Conditions
Emotional Needs
Visual impairment
Children with Additional Needs
Learning and Communication
Mobility problems
Multi-sensory impairment
Physical impairment
Other long term conditions
Hearing impairment

Quality Assurance


Early Years Inclusion Teachers are qualified teachers registered with the DFE and GTC and are trained Portage home visitors.

Local Offer

Local Offer - Support available for children and young people with additional needs

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