The Portage Model

All Portage practice is based upon the Portage Model.

There are three essential elements to the Portage Model, offering a framework of support that respects each family and their own individual priorities.

The model is a dynamic one with different aspects taking precedence at different times, adapting flexibly to the individual needs of each child and family.

Model diagram

Family Focus

Time spent sharing and addressing families’ priorities.

Structured Teaching

Time spent reviewing and planning play based teaching activities, using the Portage small steps approach to learning.

Child-led Play

Time spent observing self-initiated play to identify individual interests, strengths and emerging skills.