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Portage is Stockport’s pre school Education Support Service which provides;  Early intervention, Parental support/ advice, liaison and supported transitions into Early Years Settings for young children aged 0-4 years with additional needs/ disabilities. 

What is the Portage Service?  Portage is a pre school home visiting educational service for children requiring additional support with learning and developmental needs.  Portage aims to work with families to help them develop a quality of life and experience for themselves and their young children in which they can learn, play and participate.  The team of trained Portage Early Education home visitors, work with parents/carers to offer an early intervention programme, aimed at supporting and enhancing the development of play, communication and learning which is tailored to the specific individual needs of your child. 

How can you access this service?  All referrals to the Portage Service are made via the completion of a CAF (Common Assessment Framework form) which is usually completed with a professional known to a family e.g Health visitor.

If a parent is concerned about their child’s development they should discuss this with their Health visitor, and/or they may also wish to make an inquiry about the support Portage offer by contacting the Portage office on 0161 406 6506.      

How will portage help your child?  Portage together with parents, look at the skills a child has already acquired, and focus on encouraging emerging skills and planning future teaching objectives.  Each skill is broken down into a series of small steps, via a series of linked activities, to stimulate the child's development. Portage’s programmes are designed to meet the specific needs of the individual child, to enable them to learn as effectively as other children.  Portage emphasises the positive, and builds on what children can already do and the maximum potential they can achieve given the appropriate support.

Who to contact

Contact Name
0161 406 6506

Where to go

Portage Service
Stockport Family site at St Marks Primary school
Redhouse Lane

Other Details


Age Ranges
Referral required
Referral Details

If a parent is concerned about the development of child, the parent can visit the GP and make a referral to Portage by completing a Common Assessment Framework (CAF) form or a Common Single Need Referral (CSNR) form.

Health professionals working with families can also make referrals to portage via the same process.