Parents should talk with their child’s teachers when child shows the signs of readiness for toilet training. Toilet training usually begins at home prior to toilet training at the center. A well-established routine at home will help with success at the center. Teachers will ask children every hour to hour-and- a-half if they need to use the toilet. Additionally teachers will assist individual children when they ask to be taken to the toilet.
Children may begin toilet training at our Center when they demonstrate the following signs of readiness for toilet training:
- Express verbally a need to go
- Follow simple instructions
- Understand words about the toileting process
- Regulate the muscles responsible for elimination
- Keep a diaper dry for 2-3 hours
- Get to the potty on her/his own
- Pull diapers or underpants up or down
Thick cotton training pants work best once the child is further in the process of toilet training. Due to the universal precautions to protect the safety and health of all children, the child should wait to wear regular underwear until they are fully trained with few accidents. Pull-ups are not advised because they are just like diapers and the child can’t tell when he/she is wet. Pull-ups may extend the toilet training process longer than using cotton training pants.
Using food as a reward for using the toilet is prohibited. We will use positive words with the children to encourage them and without shame or scorn when they have an accident. Accidents happen…sometimes often.
With staff’s assistance, children should be able to change themselves when they have accidents.
Record will be kept for parents to check daily when their child was changed, used the toilet, etc.
Teachers will send soiled clothes home with the parent in a sealed plastic bag. NAEYC prohibits staff from rinsing out soiled underwear and other apparel for health reasons.
Parents/guardians must send an adequate supply of clothes when children are in the process of toilet training. Please send PLENTY of pairs of thick cotton training pants, pants, shirts, or dresses including socks. An extra pair of shoes is helpful in case children urinate on their shoes.
Please dress children who are in the process of toilet training in clothes that are easy for them to remove or put on. Overalls, tights, dresses, and shirts with snaps in the crotch are not appropriate. Pants with elastic waists are preferred.
Frequent, open communication between parents and teachers is necessary to help all of us make toilet training successful for children.