Westminster Home Learning “KIDS Westminster has made a great difference to my family. They gave us the opportunity to learn how to deal with a child with Special Needs and to share the times with them. They are very supportive, I would of found if difficult without their support”. Mother of a child using our Service How does the service work? Portage Home 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. In order to help children through these steps, learning activities are planned for each child based on his or hers current strengths and agreed priority areas of development. The Portage Home Learning Service aims to help parents/carers in their role as the key figures in the care and development of their child. Portage Practitioners aim to help parents to be confident in this role, supporting their child’s development whatever their child’s needs may be. Visits are weekly, depending on the family’s other commitments. We also run weekly groups including a Sensory Room group focused on infant stimulation, a Developmental Play Session for toddlers and Sparkletime which is a drop-in session for both age groups. Portage Practitioners also support a child’s transition into nursery, liaising with the receiving placement regarding the child’s development. Who is the service for? Families with babies and children who have a special need or developmental delay in 2 or more areas of their development. What are the benefits of the service? Better health and well being for the children and families we work with. Readiness to attend Nursery and some school placements. When is it on? Day Time Monday 09:00 to 17:00 Tuesday 09:00 to 17:00 Wednesday 09:00 to 17:00 Thursday 09:00 to 17:00 Friday 09:00 to 17:00 Saturday 09:00 to 17:00 Sunday 09:00 to 17:00 How to access this service Requests for Portage are made by parents or professionals. This service is categorised as a specialist service, which means that it is only available to children who have been individually referred to the service and meet the criteria for receiving specialist intervention. Most children are referred by the Children with Disabilities Team at Woodfield Road Medical Centre and Cheyne Child Development Service. Contact Mary Mbwana-Fernandes for more information on Mary.firstname.lastname@example.org or 0207 641 4151 Booking for this event has now closed.