How to become a Portage home visitor
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
- training from a charity or private training provider
You could do a foundation degree or degree in early childhood studies.
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
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
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
You could learn some of the skills you would need to get into this job through an early years educator advanced apprenticeship.
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
Some local authorities may offer opportunities to be a volunteer Portage worker. Your experience of supporting children with special needs may make you a suitable candidate, even if you do not have childcare qualifications.
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
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.
You could do a portage awareness workshop to find out more about portage principles. It may also help you to decide if this is the career for you and get an insight into the skills and training you may need.
Professional and industry bodies
You could join the National Portage Association for training and networking opportunities.
You can find out more about becoming a Portage home visitor from the National Portage Association.