Portage is the pre-school support system for children with severe special needs or whose development has been significantly delayed.

The portage worker, usually employed by the local authority, is the link person between parents and all the professionals involved in supporting their child.

The portage worker will make home visits to advise and support the parents as well as to devise a programme of  play-based activities the parents can do with their child at home.

When the child is about to start school, the portage worker will liaise with the school in order to ensure a smooth transition.