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As part of our early interventions initiative to promote healthy bladders and bowels in all children and make sure families receive support with toilet training, we are extending our award winning training programme to all nursery staff. With bookings now being taken for our 'Supporting Children's Toilet Training' course on June 20 in London, ERIC's Early Interventions Officer Claire Sutton explains why we're extending our highly regarded training programme to early years professionals. 

Potty training crisis? 

Ofsted’s most recent annual report referenced the amount of children starting school unable to use the toilet properly as a big concern and recommended: "Nurseries and childminders should identify children who cannot use the toilet at the earliest possible opportunity and work with parents to help their children learn." 

What early years workers say

At the beginning of 2019, ERIC and the NDNA (National Day Nurseries Association) conducted a survey of early years staff across the UK. The results revealed the following: 

  • 68% said they felt that over the last five years children were being potty trained at a later age.
  • 70% of early years practitioners have received no training in how to potty train.
  • Many look online for information and support (27%) or contact their health visiting teams (25%).

How nurseries can support children and families with this issue

In response, ERIC and the NDNA have developed a potty training policy and training for nursery staffERIC's new 'Supporting Children with Toilet Training course' is aimed at practitioners working in nurseries and other early years settings. This course gives you all you need to know to promote healthy bowels and bladders in your setting and support families with potty training. It looks at the problems that can arise during toilet training and gives best practice advice on how to manage or overcome common childhood continence problems such as constipation, day time wetting and behavioural issues. 

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