ERIC delivers community based projects promoting the importance of good bowel and bladder health in children from birth. We work directly with families and professionals giving them the confidence, tools and support to be able to identify, manage and overcome common toileting problems. 

Browse our recent projects below and if you'd like to find out more about working with us please email [email protected]

Early Interventions in Bristol

Our three year project in Bristol is delivering training and support events designed to inform and educate professionals and families about how to support children with successful toilet training and how to identify and manage common toileting problems.

So far we have trained over 150 staff and volunteers in nurseries, children's centres, pre-schools and family support organisations.  

As an early years setting it had really enabled us to have more understanding about movements of the bladder and bowel to aid potty training. Victoria

Initial findings show that of the staff and volunteers we've trained: 

  • 98% now know how to advise on a structured approach to potty/toilet training at the right time, compared to 38% before the training
  • 98% feel confident to support families with potty/toilet training their child, compared to 51% before the training
  • 100% now know how to recognise a bladder or bowel problem, compared to just 26% before. 

We will be making this topic a focus for our terrific twos group and transition to nursery group. Katie

Our work in Bristol has been made possible with the generous support of the Nisbet Trust, the John James Bristol Foundation, the James Tudor Foundation and the Quartet Community Foundation.

If you would like training for staff and volunteers in your organisation so they are more confident supporting families with potty training and toileting difficulties, please contact [email protected] to see how we can help you.

Supporting Families with Potty Training

ERICs helpline team

We know that families can find potty and toilet training a stressful and challenging parenting milestone and often struggle to find reliable and trusted advice about what to do when things go wrong.

We have partnered with Dry Like Me to support families face-to-face in potty training workshops in Bristol, Keynsham, Cardiff, Birmingham and London. Our Helpline advisors offer tips and advice about how to ditch nappies and pull-ups and what to do when problems arise.

I found the session invaluable, with fantastically practical advice I could apply immediately. Parent. 

If you would like ERIC to deliver a potty training workshop to families at your nursery, pre-school or community group, please get in touch with [email protected].

The ERIC Nurse Early Intervention Project

In May 2013 the ERIC Nurse Early Interventions Project (ERIC Nurse Project) was launched in Bristol and South Gloucestershire working in partnership with The Community Children’s Health Partnership. The three-year pilot study was funded by a Department of Health Innovation Grant. The project aimed to increase early intervention into childhood continence problems and promote excellence in continence care. Nursing Times Award

The ERIC Nurse project won a prestigious Nursing Times Award in October 2016. The project was praised for its innovation in supporting patients and professionals to tackle continence problems early. 

The specific aims of the project were:

  1. To increase parents’ awareness of what a continence issue is and where to go for support
  2. To increase frontline health professionals’ (e.g. Health Visitors, School Health Nurses, Family Nurse Partnership teams) and early years workers’ (e.g. childminders, children centre staff, nursery nurses) ability to support parents and children around childhood continence
  3. To improve the child’s journey through continence care in Bristol and South Gloucestershire

The project delivered three main outputs:

  • InfoBrenda Cheer trainingrmation leaflets to increase parents’ awareness of what a continence issue is and where to go for support.
  • Training for over 1,000 front line healthcare professionals and early years workers to increase their knowledge and skills to better support parents and children around continence.
  • Development of a generic children’s continence pathway to improve the child’s journey through continence care.

Read the ERIC Nurse project evaluation report here (PDF file)