Welcome to the Portage Team's page, we hope it provides a clear overview of our work and any information you are looking for.




Bradford Portage is a registered service with the National Portage Association  www.portage.org.uk


Portage is an educational service for pre-school aged children with additional support needs and their families. 

The Team provides a service to children and their parents/carers, including:

  • Partnership working with parents and carers
  • Information and support to parents and carers
  • Portage home visits following the Portage Early Education model through play based activities
  • Liaison and joint working with other agencies involved with the child
  • Training and support for individuals and for groups of staff including delivery of the Portage Workshop: A Small Steps Approach to learning for Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. 
  • Support for transitions into settings, nurseries, schools
  • Advice, information and signposting on benefits, services and charities. 
  • Social activities for children and their parents and carers.

Bradford Portage referral criteria: 

A six month developmental delay in two areas of learning from the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Areas of learning: Communication. Personal, social and emotional development. Cognition (thinking). Physical development. 


Anyone can refer to Portage using the Portage referral form. Following referral families will receive a welcome letter and be placed on the waiting list. Once they reach the top of the waiting list, the family will be contacted by a member of the Portage team. 

Bradford Portage offer:  

Portage works flexibly to meet the needs of children and families. The offer is subject to change. 

Our core offer is: 

  • Portage Home Visits

Children aged 0-5 who are not accessing free childcare can receive up 12 Portage Home Visits. 

  • Portage Groups

Children aged 0-5 who are accessing 15 hours free childcare will be offered a place at a Portage Group for up to 8 sessions.

Portage is not available to children who are accessing 30 hours free childcare.

 A re-referral may be considered if further support is required. 


Useful Documents



Bradford Portage Service 

5th Floor 
Margaret McMillan Tower 
Princes Way

Tel: 01274 439444





Team Manager: Janine Wood

Portage Home Visitors: Kerry Halkett, Wakhida Akhtar, Erum Iqbal, Lisa Haley, Lucy Rowley, Suzanne Palmer, Charlene Hamilton, Christine Browne, Lucy Collins, Jeannine Balson, Francesca Finch, Paula Chapman






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