News KIDS Blog KIDS Portage service working with the Open University KIDS' Portage (Home Learning) is a part of ten Portage services that will participate in an Open University 'In-the-picture' research. The aim of the project is to investigate how useful Portage home visitors find the 'In-the-picture' approach in supporting their work with families and early childhood settings. 'In-the-picture' is a particular way of observing young children at play and engaging with their world. It has been developed by researchers from the Open University in both family homes and settings. The idea behind the approach is that it helps the observer focus much more clearly on what important is for the child. The project will be running from March 2017 to June 2017.