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Some of the most common concerns parents have concerns and ask me for advice about are:



Usually, children are dry during the day by the time they start school. Occasional accidents are to be expected and are nothing to worry about. 


However, if you are concerned about your child’s toileting then it’s worth sharing your concerns to give you peace of mind - perhaps your child is going to the toilet too much/too little, they have developed toileting habits that concern you or have started wetting the bed at night. Let us know in school - we may be able to support during the day by encouraging toilet breaks and drinking water, contact your GP or request a referral to the School Nursing Team.


ERIC (The Children’s Bladder and Bowel Charity) provide a range of information, advice and support through their website - ERIC



There has been a lot of research into sleep and how it impacts our mood and behaviour. It’s important for children to have a healthy established bedtime routine and good sleep diet. Whilst there will be variations, the table below are the approximate hours of sleep needed by children of different ages according to the NHS:

Age Group

Hours of Sleep

Babies 4 - 12 months old

12 – 16 hours including naps

Toddlers 1 – 2 years old

11 – 14 hours including naps

Children 3 – 5 years old

10 – 13 hours including naps

Children 6 – 12 years old

9 – 12 hours

Teenagers 13 – 18 years old

8– 10 hours


I am currently training with The Sleep Charity and hope to offer the Sleep Tight workshop to parents very soon. Their website has links to a number of sleep related resources which may be useful to you –   They also operate the National Sleep Helpline: 03303 530 541