This year ERIC launched a series of training workshops across Bristol, to help more children get the best start with potty and toilet training. In 2019 we are inviting organisations working with families across the city to get in touch to access this training for their staff and volunteers.

Fun workshops

Staff at St Anne’s Park Children Centre in Brislington recently received a visit from one of ERIC’s expert continence advisors and were given practical advice and tips to help them support families when they are toilet training their children.

Potty training can be really difficult and families are left wondering what they are doing wrong.

Manager Lucy said “The workshop was great, we found out loads of useful stuff like how much water children should be drinking and what the perfect poo looks like! More seriously, we learnt that conditions like constipation are common in small children, but tricky to spot. When a toddler is constipated, potty training can be really difficult and families are left wondering what they are doing wrong. By working in partnership, early years professionals and families can get children back on the right track and so they can ditch the nappies and pullups”

Training in Bristol

We have identified that many families are not finding the support they need when their child struggles with toilet training. Our research also shows more children than ever are starting school in nappies or having frequent wetting and soiling accidents in the classroom.

When children struggle with toilet training, the strain on family life can be huge.

Our Chief Executive Juliette Randall says “There are many myths around delayed toilet training – that children are lazy or naughty. When children struggle with toilet training, the strain on family life can be huge. Families often feel like they are failing or being judged”.

A growing trend

There are many reasons behind this growing trend. Modern nappies & pull-ups are so good children don’t know when they are wet and find it difficult to recognise when they need to use the toilet. It can also be due to an underlying bowel or bladder condition such as chronic constipation or an overactive bladder that has not been diagnosed.

For children who can’t move on from nappies or who struggles to use the toilet independently when they start school, the impact can be devastating. A huge toll can be taken on a child’s health and wellbeing including anxiety, school absence, friendship issues & bullying and missing out on school trips & sleepovers.

Thanks to our funders

With the generous support of the Nisbet Trust, the James Tudor Foundation, the John James Bristol Foundation and the Society of Merchant Venturers, more families across Bristol will be getting the support they need as they start toilet training their child, ensuring that fewer children in Bristol are left behind in developing this key life skill.

For anyone who is interested in getting more information about our training for early years workers, all the details can be found here.

Our work in Bristol is generously supported by: