As you are probably aware ‘In-the-Picture’, the free online training course for Portage Home Visitors and early childhood practitioners, has been available since January. In-the-Picture is an innovative approach which helps those supporting very young children with learning difficulties explore what everyday experiences and activities are like from the child’s perspective and plan accordingly. The online course can be found on the Open University’s ‘OpenLearn’ platform at:
We are thrilled to feedback that the course has been a real success with the 226 people enrolled making a total of 1259 visits between them. So far 133 participants have completed all the sessions and received their online certificates. It is also encouraging that the people engaging with the course include a range of early childhood professionals and practitioners as well as those involved in Portage. We do hope that those of you that have completed the course have found it useful and if you haven’t yet been able to have a look that you may get some time to do so soon.
We have also had several Portage services volunteer to take part in a new research project we will be running around using ‘In-the-Picture’ to support young children making the transition from home to pre-school provision. The start of this project has obviously been delayed because of the Covid-19 crisis but we are very much hoping to get going in the Autumn. Consequently, there is still time for other services to come forward and be involved.
If you are interested in hearing more about this new project with a view to taking part in the research, then please contact John Parry or Jonty Rix for some more information at
Best wishes everyone for a safe and peaceful summer