We support children and families at any time from birth to the end of the first term at school. We work in partnership with early years settings. 

A portage consultant visits you regularly in your home or your child's early years setting. They discuss and plan appropriate learning experiences with parents and early years practitioners. These experiences support your child to enjoy learning through play. 

Portage consultants

Portage consultants in Dorset work with different professionals during their involvement with your child and family. These professionals can include:

  • early years practitioner
  • educational psychologist
  • speech and language therapist (SALT)
  • physiotherapist
  • occupational therapist
  • health visitor

Children who use this service may have a range of educational or medical needs. We understand that needs change over time, so the level and type of support needs to change to meet these needs. 

How the PPS service works

We may support your child throughout their transition from home to an early years setting and from early years setting to school. 

Our portage consultant works with parents to support their child in reaching their full potential in the early years. 

We also help providers meet the needs of the child in their setting, as well as helping them access additional funding, if it's needed. We aim to increase the confidence and skills of early years foundation stage practitioners by providing specialist training workshops. 

How to access the PPS service

Health professionals and early years settings usually make requests for involvement.

If you have concerns about your child as a parent, you can contact the portage service yourself:

Service manager, Portage Pre-school Support Service

Name: Katie Chantler
Name: Katie Chantler
Email: katharine.chantler@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk
Tel: 01305221431
Full contact details

Or visit the National Portage website for more information. 

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