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Portage home visitor

Alternative titles for this job include Portage worker, Portage support worker

Portage home visitors provide help at home for pre-school children with learning difficulties, physical disabilities or other special needs.

Average salary (a year)

£19,000 Starter


£32,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

36 to 38 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends attending events or appointments

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How to become a Portage home visitor

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • volunteering
  • applying directly
  • training from a charity or private training provider


You could do a foundation degree or degree in early childhood studies.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • at least 1 A level, or equivalent, for a foundation degree
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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You could learn some of the skills you need for this job through a college course like:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care
  • T Level in Education and Childcare

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level

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You could learn some of the skills you would need to get into this job through an early years educator advanced apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Some local authorities may offer opportunities to be a volunteer Portage worker, without the need for qualifications.

Direct Application

It may be possible to apply directly to employers if you've got experience of working with children aged 0 to 4 years, and knowledge of early childhood development and special needs. You may also need one of the following:

  • a relevant professional qualification in teaching, social work or nursing
  • a level 2 or 3 early years qualification
  • a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in early childhood studies

Other Routes

You could do a 2 to 3 day Portage Workshop led by a National Portage Association accredited trainer. This could be a good way for you to find out more about the role before applying for work. No knowledge or experience is required.

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Further information

You can find out more about becoming a Portage home visitor from the National Portage Association.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to work well with others
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • persistence and determination
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • knowledge of English language
  • knowledge of psychology
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In your day-to-day duties you may:

  • observe children and talk to parents to identify their child’s skills
  • assess which skills are most important for the child's future learning
  • suggest a programme of activities for parents and their child to practise together
  • break down tasks into small steps
  • show parents how to record their child's progress
  • encourage parents and carers to meet each other and offer support
  • help parents to apply for disability benefits
  • check progress and agree on new goals
  • write progress reports

Working environment

You could work at a client's home or in an office.

Your working environment may be emotionally demanding and you'll travel often.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a senior Portage worker with supervisory or management responsibilities.

You could also study to be an accredited Portage trainer or look for work in a special educational needs school.

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Current opportunities

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