Potty training resources for nurseries

NDNA has partnered with ERIC, the Children’s Bowel and Bladder Charity to produce some resources for early years practitioners.

Boy potty training A recent survey by NDNA and ERIC, the Children’s Bowel and Bladder Charity. has revealed that 70% of practitioners had received no training in potty training.

As an early years practitioner, you are best placed to support parents and children with toilet training. We want to make sure you have the latest information and best practice/training to support you. 

NDNA is creating a course on potty training to support nurseries in need.

Download a free Potty Training Policy Pack here which includes:

  • Potty Training Policy template
  • Potty Training Flowchart for practitioners
  • Early Years Healthy Bladder & Bowel Assessment
  • Potty Training Record
  • Factsheet: Children who will only poo in a nappy and other toilet avoiders
  • Bristol Stool Chart.

The survey also revealed that only 53% of nurseries have a potty training policy which includes when to start potty training. With this in mind NDNA is creating a free policy template for nurseries to download, available soon.

Download free potty training tips for nurseries (and parents) here. 

Following a survey, we have found out that:

Who should be responsible?

  • 92% said potty training was a mix of both parents and early years practitioners
  • 21% said it was down to the parent when to start potty training
  • 64% said there were no set rules
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When to start?

  • Most would start between age two and three
  • 68% said that children were being trained later
  • 76% of nurseries include potty training as part of their age 2 progress check
  • 46% of respondents said they considered the development of each individual child when deciding when to start

Why do parents start potty training later?

  • 43% of early years practitioners feeling that it was down to parents putting it off because too busy/at work too long
  • 14% felt that health visitors and society generally gave parents the message that they should be under no pressure to rush
  • 15% that parents are less able than in the past and needed more support in tackling the issue


  • 99% said that other factors should be taken into consideration
  • 88% said they knew how to resolve conflicting wishes re potty training
  • Constipation is the most common bowel problem in children affecting up to 30% of all children and particularly common among and pre-school children
  • Only 17% of policies mention how much a child should drink which is concerning as drinking lots of fluids is important to maintain healthy bowels, keeping constipation at bay.