Excellent training - relevant to practice. I now feel a lot more knowledgeable to support the families I work with. (Gemma Emmanuel, Health Visitor)

Course objectives

  • To be familiar with the normal acquisition of bowel and bladder control
  • To be clear about what assessment / investigations are appropriate
  • To increase confidence in toilet training and continence management, including children with special / additional needs
  • To be familiar with products and aids to support toilet training
  • To be able to implement a basic toilet training programme

Course tutor 

Brenda Cheer, Paediatric Specialist Continence Nurse & ERIC Nurse


09.00 – 09.15  Registration and refreshments

09.15 – 09.30  Introduction to the day and information about ERIC
09.30 – 10.40  Session A: Healthy bowels & bladders

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • ERIC's Children's Continence Pathway
  • Constipation – causes, assessment & management
  • Normal acquisition of bladder control
  • Healthy bladder management
  • Questions and discussion

10.40 – 10.50 Refreshments

10.50 – 12.30  Session A continued

Session B: Potty / toilet training

  • Assessing for readiness
  • Preparation
  • Getting going!
  • Questions and discussion

12.30 – 13.15  Lunch

13.15 – 14.30  Session C: Children with additional needs

  • Obstacles to toilet training
  • Assessment using flowchart - children with additional needs
  • Developing an individual toilet training programme
  • Children who will only poo in a nappy
  • Smearing
  • Questions and discussion

14.30 – 14.45  Refreshments

14.45 – 15.30 Session D: Aids and appliances

  • Reusable / disposable products
  • Toilet / potty equipment
  • Questions and discussion

15.30 – 16.00 Case studies 

16.00 Close

Transport to the venue

Situated within the Shoreditch Triangle, with easy access to both the City and Brick Lane Market, the Human Rights Action Centre has excellent public transport links and is minutes’ walk from Old Street and Liverpool Street stations (Underground) and Shoreditch High Street station. (Overground).

It is easy to reach via many cycle routes and there is a Santander Cycle docking station just outside.

Payment information

The cost of the course is £165 per person. Lunch and refreshments are provided. Fees must be paid or invoiced before the start of the course.

Payment by card

At the checkout, make sure you enter the address that your card is registered to.

Payment by invoice

If you need us to send your organisation an invoice, the course fee is £165 per person. You must obtain consent from your finance department prior to your booking and supply us with the necessary purchase order number.  Please enter all your details including the invoicing address confirmed by your finance department; we'll then book your place on the course and send an invoice to your finance department directly.

Cancellation & transfer policy

If written notification is received 30 days before the course, we will issue a refund. We regret that no refunds can be made on bookings cancelled less than 30 days before the course. A colleague may attend in your place rather than forfeit the full course fee.

ERIC reserves the right to cancel the course. In the unlikely event of cancellation by ERIC, course fees paid will be refunded in full.

If you need to transfer from one course to another, you can do so up to 30 days before the event, providing the course transfer is within the same financial year. We can only transfer you once per booking and if you cancel your booking after transferring, the full course fee is due.