Home Learning or Portage  is a home visiting educational service for pre-school children with additional support needs, and their families.

The Southwark Home Learning service offers a framework of support with regular home visits, by a trained practitioner. After sharing your understanding of your child’s individual gifts, abilities and support needs a Practitioner will visit your home weekly to look at what your child does and work with you to plan fun activities that will take your child onto the next step of their development.

How does the service work?

Home Learning Practitioners specialise in breaking down developmental aims into small, achievable steps using play as a tool. This helps children who may be having difficulty achieving specific skills in key areas. The activities, with supporting equipment, are left with you to work on with your child during the week. The key to home visiting is the partnership between the family and the practitioner.

In order to help children through these steps, learning activities are planned for each child based on his or her current strengths and agreed priority areas of development


Who is the service for?

Children from the London Borough of Southwark who are under five years old with two or more areas of concerns for their development and are not attending any preschool provision (i.e. nursery).

How much does it cost?

This service is free.


Portage/Home Learning sessions take place in the home weekly at mutually agreed times. 

Development Play Sessions take place at Southwark Children's Centres (Ann Bernadt Children's centre, SE153PD)  every Wednesday 2:00 to 3:0pm  during term time only. 

Monday 09:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday 09:00am-5:00pm
Wednesday 09:00am-5:00pm
Thursday 09:00am-5:00pm
Friday 09:00am-5:00pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

How to access this service:

Parents can contact us directly for more information and to self refer, using the details below. Come in and see us for some more information at our drop in session at Sunshine House (on the corner of St Giles Road and Peckham Road in Camberwell) every Friday morning 9:30am until 12.

Professionals can refer to us via the Common Assessment Framework (CAF)


Phone: 0207 635 9080
Email: southwark@kids.org.uk