**UPDATE** ‘In-the-Picture’ (free online course)

In the picture

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:


The course continues to be a real success with the 288 people enrolled making a total of 1493 visits between them. So far 156 participants have completed the course and received their online certificates We do hope that those of you that have undertaken the training have found it useful and that if you haven’t yet been able to participate you get some time to do so soon.

We have also been planning a new research project around using ‘In-the-Picture’ to support young children making the transition from home to pre-school provision and several Portage services have already come forward to take part. Unfortunately the start of this project has obviously been delayed because of the Covid-19 and we are reviewing the situation again in January 2021. Consequently, there is still time for other services to come forward and get involved if they wish.

If you are interested in hearing more about this new research project or have any feedback about ‘In-the-Picture’, then please do get in touch with John Parry or Jonty Rix at



Best wishes everyone for a safe and peaceful end to 2020.