NPA Service Registration

Service Registration

There are over 100 Portage Services in England and Wales registered with the NPA.

The National Portage Association actively encourages all Portage Home Visiting services to apply for registration

Purpose of Service Registration

Registration of Portage Services identifies the elements of Portage that distinguish it as different to other early year’s provision and other home visiting services. More importantly, service registration also ensures that families across the country are guaranteed the same high level of Portage Service delivery.

The purpose of service registration is to:

  • Establish national standards for Portage Services, reflecting the essential components of the Portage Model and agreeing a minimum standard for service delivery.
  • Safeguard each family’s right to a Portage Service of recognised quality.

A full description of the Portage Model of Service Delivery is given in the NPA Code of Practice.

Registration Star System

In 2013 the NPA implemented a star system of service registration. This was introduced in order to offer a more flexible approach & support services to meet registration criteria.

This system of rewarding registration using a star system means that all services will meet criteria to register, albeit at different levels.  It recognises the different levels that services are operating at, whilst still recognising that services are delivering NPA approved provision.

The star rating system has been extended to include 2 categories:

  • New Services - for services applying for Registration that set up within the previous 12 months and who are making good progress towards meeting all the 'essential' criteria
  • Establishing Services - for services that set up within the last 3 years who meet all the 'essential criteria'. Previously Registered Services who were given a star rating in 2016/17 will continue to be star rated.

It is hoped that this will give the NPA an indication of the level of support that services are able to give to children and families in this climate of change and help to identify those services that may need NPA support.

Service Registration Criteria

Details of the 2020/21 criteria for registration of Portage services can be found here.

We have made some alterations to the Service Registration Form in recent years, including a new section on 'Portage Impact' which aims to help the NPA collate information on the changes and challenges facing Portage Services and the impact of Portage provision.

PLEASE NOTE in response to feedback from services, the NPA reviews and amends the service registration criteria annually.

Service Registration Fee

Service registration runs from 1st June to 31st May.

The service registration fee for 2020/21 has been held at £120.00 plus VAT.  

The service registration fee includes:

  • two free parent memberships per service per year.
  • full access to the Portage Support Hub – for 3 individual NPA members, as required as part of service criteria.
  • access to NPA events, including Regional Networking Days & NPA Conference / Portage Early Years Development Day.
  • regular email updates regarding the NPA and Portage, both regional and national.

How to Apply for Service Registration

  • Complete the NPA Service Registration form for 202/21. Download the NPA Service Registration form 2020/21.
  • Application for registration is made on an annual basis – running from 1st June to 31st May each year.
  • Service renewal reminders & application forms are sent from the NPA office in April/early May to be returned by 1st June each year.
  • Services applying for registration will be asked to
    • complete an application form to ensure the service meets the criteria set by the National Portage Association;
    • pay a registration fee as designated in the document ‘Financial Management Policy: decisions, delegated powers and monetary limits’.
  • Registration is given at the discretion of the Board of Trustees.
  • The NPA shall keep a database of all registered Portage Services. 

The NPA Logo

Services registered with the National Portage Association are entitled to use the National Portage Association logo, only in accordance with specific guidelines issued by the NPA.

Services are not entitled to use the National Portage Association Charity Number and registration does not give charitable status to an individual service.