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					Wrexham Portage Service
    Jill Palmer     Panna Champaneria
 Portage Home     Educational Psychologist
     Visitor
Jill Palmer - Portage Home Visitor

Jill is a qualified Nursery Nurse who was appointed 4 years ago as a Portage
Home Visitor. This was a newly created post as the portage service was new to
Wrexham LEA. She helped set up the service to meet the needs of children and
families, who would like help to build on skills that are most important for their
child’s future learning.

Prior to Jill’s portage post she has had over 10 years experience working within a
variety of schools and early years settings, supporting children in a maintained
setting who were developing age appropriately, some with additional needs and
supported children age 3-16 years with profound and multiple learning
disabilities.

Panna Champaneria – Educational Psychologist

Panna is a Senior Practitioner for Early Years. Following the initial 2 day portage
training in March 2005, Panna has worked alongside Jill to develop the Wrexham
Portage Service.
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         Eligible Criteria
Referral routes:
     Open
     Community Paediatricians
     Maelor children’s centre
     Health Visitors
     Speech and language therapists
     Playgroup leaders
     Flying Start Team
 Criteria:
• Children must be 0-3 years old
• Children and families resident in Wrexham
• The service is offered to children who are
  not in an educational setting
• Children who show a delay in developing skills
  in at least two of the following areas:
               physical/sensory development
               communication Skills
               learning
               self-help skills
               personal and social skills
 Criteria cont:

We do not work with children and families:
• Who require an ADHD assessment
• Who require an ASD assessment
• With learning disabilities
           Wrexham Portage Service
               Request Form
•   Child’s information
•   Parents comments, including strengths and needs
•   Areas of concern and targets to focus on
•   Involvement of requestor and other agencies
•   Additional Information
•   Parent/carer’s signature
•   Requestor’s signature
•   Return completed form to Erlas Centre
•   Tel: 01978 317679/317675
             The Early Visits
     Introducing the service, E.P Supervisor and
               Portage Home Visitor

•   Service information and personalised pack
•   Roles of Portage Home Visitor, supervisor and family
•   Timing and length of weekly visits
•   Weekly supervision/team meetings
•   Links with other services
•   Confidentiality
•   Links with NPA
      STARTING POINTS
             First Home Visit

• Relationship building
• Discuss generic goals with parents
• Identify current skills by completing the
  Portage checklist
• Introduce the small step approach
• Consent for multi-agency working
        FAMILY FOCUS
          ELEMENT
• Empowering parents
• Sharing daily experiences and routines
• Addressing needs, successes and looking
  forward
• Sharing information and concerns
• Promoting inclusion
 STRUCTURED TEACHING
       ELEMENT
• Joint design and practice of a teaching
  activity
• Checking what happened since the last
  visit using the activity chart
• Deciding what to do next
• Trying out a new activity
 RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE
      HOME VISITOR
• Keeping confidentiality
• Attending weekly supervision with Educational
  Psychologist/ Team leader
• Knowing boundaries to the role
• Sharing information with other agencies (with
  consent)
• Joint working with other agencies as necessary
• Ongoing assessment
• Report writing
• Collating information for reviews and evaluation
  RESPONSIBILITIES FOR
      EACH FAMILY

• Maintaining records and sharing completed
  activity chart
• Identify long term goals
• Monitor progress
• Liaise
• Share success and concerns
    RESPONSIBILITIES OF
      THE SUPERVISOR
• Keeping confidentiality
• Support Portage Home Visitor through regular
  supervision
• Ensure the appropriateness of referrals
• Attend initial visit with Portage Home Visitor and
  subsequent review visits where appropriate
• Liaise with Educational Psychologists, other
  agencies and schools
                   Request information

Date of        No. of
request        requests
Jan 05         1
Jun - Dec 05   18
Jan – Dec 06   19
                                 At any one time Jill
                                is working with 8-14
Jan – Dec 07   16
                                 families depending
                                on need and demand.
Jan - Dec 08   13 + 3 FS
Jan 09         2
Feb 09         2 (FS)
Total          76
         Requests from

Acrefair          Maes Y Dre
Acton             New Broughton
Barker’s Lane     Overton
Brymbo            Penycae
Brynteg           Plas Coch
Caia Park         Rhosddu
Chirk             Rhosllanerchragog
Coedpoeth         Rhosrobin
Gresford          Rhostyllen
Gwersyllt         Ruabon
Hightown          Southsea
Llay              Wrexham
           Requests From:
Educational Psychologist
Flying Start Team
Health visitor
Home advisory team
NPA parent rep
Nursery Nurse
Paediatrician
Parent
Playgroup leader
PPA
Social services
Sorting panel
Speech and Language Therapist
      Areas of Concern

          Behaviour
         Development
           Medical
            Motor
          Play skills
      Speech and language
         Social Skills

Combinations of any of the above
     Tracking information
• 76 requests for portage input
• 9 requests for an assessment place in a
  resourced nursery
• Of those 2 went to their mainstream
  school
• 7 had a Statutory assessment
• Of the 7 one went to his mainstream
  school
   Advice on how to deal          My daughter waited for
       with difficult            Jill to arrive because she
   situations was useful.      looked forward to play. Mum
                             also looked forward to chat and
                                       share problems.


Jill’s help has been invaluable in helping me learn how to
                            play.
This in turn helps William learn through our play, he is
  now great at role play, action songs and turn taking
        games. He is happy to co-operate and help.
 This is a big change from the two and a half year old
            who wouldn’t look anyone in the eye.
    I was worried his
  development was far            My son came on
behind what it should be;   immensely whilst having
   now l know he is not.      Portage and l was not
                                expecting such an
                             improvement in a short
                              space of time, it was
                                     great!

  It helped me feel a
   lot less stressed
                              Lots of practical
  about his behaviour.
                             advice and support,
                             very caring and a no
                             pressure to achieve
                                  approach.

				
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