Ellie Cox Member of Professional Advisory Committee at ERICI trained in early years education shortly after having my own children (over 25 years ago) which fuelled a passion in early years education.

During my time as a Special Needs TA in a primary school I worked with children with toileting issues and have seen the impact it can have on the child, their families and the school. 

I joined my local Health Visiting Team primarily as an administrator but also assisting at our local parenting group and it was during this time that I was asked if I would offer assistance to the Paediatric Continence Team.  I did and I was hooked!

I now work as a Band 4 Paediatric Bladder & Bowel Educator, supporting children with their toileting plans, holding clinics in specialist education settings. We deliver training to Health Visitors and Assistant Practitioners and are hoping to gain access to mainstream primary schools very soon to offer support & training.  Myself and my colleague share our knowledge with anyone in Somerset who will listen and are passionate about breaking down the stigma around wee & poo and to provide positive outcomes for children and their families.

For those children who for medical reasons may not be able to toilet train we still keep in touch to promote healthy bladder & bowels and to ensure that they are receiving the appropriate products for their needs.

Together with other Paediatric Continence Band 4’s we have recently set up a group to meet regularly to share our ideas and generally to discuss wee & poo!