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

“I have found the KIDS Westminster  positive emphasis on what children can do, rather then what they cannot, a simple yet transformational approach to learning” 

Mother of a child using the Westminster service.

How does the service work?

Home Learning 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.

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?

Families with babies and children (0-3 years) who:

  • have a special need or developmental delay in 2 or more areas of their development.
  • are not in nursery or any other provision.
  • are Westminster residents


How much does it cost?

This service is free.

Availability:

Day Time 
Monday 9:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am-5:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am-5:00pm
Thursday 9:00am-5:00pm
Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

How to access this service:

Requests for Portage are made by parents/ cares or professionals working with the children and the referrer need to have the consent of the parents / carers

Contact:


Phone: 0207 641 4151
Email: Westminster@kids.org.uk