North Tyneside Portage & Pre-school Home Teaching Service

Main contact: 

Helen Lawlan - Head of Service

Telephone number: 

0191 643 3023

Email: 

helen.lawlan@northtyneside.gov.uk

Address: 

Beacon Hill School
Rising Sun Cottages
Wallsend
Tyne and Wear
NE28 9JW

External website link

Beacon Hill School website

Service Information Leaflets

Microsoft Office document icon Beacon Hill Portage leaflet

Service description

The service is commissioned by the Local Authority to be managed by the Head and Governors of Beacon Hill School. The Head of Service is full time and there are a team of 7 part-time ‘seconded’ home visitors who are employed in Early Years/SEN roles.

The Portage Home visitors equate to 2 FTE. We have a caseload of around 40 families at any one time. We operate an open referral system, as long as parental consent has been obtained. Families are offered weekly or fortnightly home visits.

The Head of Service is an Accredited Trainer and 2 of the Home Visitors are currently working towards Accredited Trainer Status.

We work closely with local Early Years providers and support transition to Nursery.

We also work in partnership with Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy and Learning Disabilities North East to facilitate 5 pre-school groups a week.