Continence 0-5 Years

Parents / Carers

Toilet Training

Every child is different; they learn to walk and talk at different times and they learn how to use the toilet at different times too. However, most children are ready to be potty trained between 18 months and 3 years.

​Constipation is the most common bowel problem in children. It is the inability to do a poo regularly or to completely empty the bowel.

It can start at any age (including babies) and affects up to 30% of all children. It’s particularly common among toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Toilet Training support is available for all children through the Starting Well Service. If you are struggling to toilet train your child contact your Health Visitor or Nursery Nurse in your local Children's Centre.

Useful links:

ERIC Website


Useful resouces:

Thinking About Wee and Poo now You're 2 - (pdf)

Thinking About Wee and Poo now you're on your way to school - (pdf)

Guide for Children with additional needs - (pdf)