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The UK’s leading children’s continence charity, ERIC, has delivered a series of potty training workshops to community groups who support families with young children across the West of England.  

Funded by a grant from the Quartet Community Foundation, ERIC’s Healthy Bladder and Bowel training programme aims to make sure more children get the right start when they’re potty training. With more children than ever starting school in nappies and building on the success of their award-winning ERIC Nurse Early Interventions Project, the Bristol-based charity has identified the need to provide training which addresses the problems that can arise in the first five years of a child’s life.  

Brentry and Henry ChildrenBrentry and Henbury Children's Centre

Brenda Cheer, Paediatric Specialist Continence Nurse and ERIC’s nurse says: “At ERIC we are passionate about supporting parents with this key milestone in a child’s life. Learning to use the toilet successfully and tackling any issues early is key to preventing continence issues becoming long-term and blighting childhoods. Our training programme has been designed to pass on practical information so bladder and bowel problems  including constipation & soiling, day and night time bladder problems and behaviour issues such as fear of using the toilet  can be recognised when they first appear and are packed with tips to help children become successfully toilet trained.”

At ERIC we are passionate about supporting parents with this key milestone in a child’s life.

Training workshops took place in September and October with workers and volunteers from Home-start Bristol, Home-start North Somerset, Action for Children and Brentry and Henbury Children’s Centre. 58 volunteers and staff attended the sessions, with 100% of the participants rating the training as ‘excellent’.

Action for children Action for Children

Here’s just some of the feedback ERIC has received:

“Brilliant! All parents and health professionals should have this training.” Charlene, Home-start.

“Excellent training and extremely engaging. Lifechanging personally and professionally.” Fran, Action for Children.

“Following this training I will be able to support families more confidently with potty training and be able to pick up constipation issues earlier and be able to advise parents on what to do and where to signpost.” Caroline, Home-start.

ERIC’s CEO Juliette Randall says: “We are so grateful to the Quartet Community Fund for recognising the importance of our Early Healthy Bladder and Bowel training to help more pre-school aged children achieve independent toileting skills. We want those working with families to feel confident in identifying potential continence issues before they become more serious and have the tools to better support and signpost parents and carers. At ERIC, we believe this kind of support is more important now than ever given the busy lives we lead and the increase in the numbers of hours funded childcare which is currently available”.

For more information, please contact Claire Sutton, our Early Interventions Officer: [email protected] / 0117 9805938.