Early intervention is about taking action as soon as possible to tackle problems for children and families before they become more difficult to reverse. - The Early Intervention Foundation

Toileting for early years

Being toilet trained is a key skill that children need to develop independence, self-esteem and confidence and to be able to thrive at school.

But toilet training does not always go smoothly and can create stress for families. This is a neglected area of training for many professionals working with pre-school-aged children. Too many families are not getting the support they need so their children can start school out of nappies and ready to learn.

Our aim is that every family can easily access information on potty training and good bladder and bowel health by the time their child is two.

We offer award-winning early interventions training for anyone working with pre-school-aged children. The training will allow them to support the child and their families through the toilet training process.

This has always been on a face to face basis but we are pleased to advise that we are currently working on an online offering. Look out for an announcement in January 2021!

Supporting Children's Toilet Training 

Our half-day 'Supporting Children's Toilet Training' course gives you all you need to know to promote healthy bowels and bladders in your setting. 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 and night-time wetting and behavioural issues such as fear of using the toilet. 

Course objectives

• To understand how bowels and bladders work and how to keep them functioning properly
• To become more confident about supporting families with a structured approach to potty and toilet training
• To identify and understand the early signs of continence problems and know where to go for help
• To become more confident in supporting children with additional needs with toileting
• To identify how much a child should be drinking daily
• To identify what a healthy poo looks like and how often children should be going to the toilet
• To gain best practice tips to implement within your setting following the training.

I feel so much more confident in what I'm talking about! Some great ideas. - Alana, Homestart

Brilliant! All professionals should have this training. - Charlene, Homestart

Impact of our training

During a three-year pilot project in Bristol we trained more than 1,000 health and early years professionals. Of those trained: 

  • 98% said they knew more about how to recognise a bowel or bladder problem
  • 90% said they knew what to advise in terms of scheduling a toileting programme
  • 100% said they felt more confident to support parents or children around continence.

For more details or to enquire about booking this course for your setting, please contact [email protected] or call 0117 980 5938.