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Toilet Training Program

Learning to use the toilet is an important milestone for our toddlers. It is a big step as they develop an understanding and control of their own bodily functions.

What age do we recommend?

Signs of readiness to toilet train are more important than the child’s age. It is a big step in your child’s development that can’t be rushed. It seems to work best when parents follow the child’s lead by watching for signals that show they are ready. Each child will learn at their own pace. This is because children have different temperaments, ways of learning, and family situations differ. There can also be different ways to toilet train in different cultures.

Is my child ready to toilet train?
  • Walking and can sit for short periods of time
  • Becoming generally more independent when it comes to completing task
  • Becoming interested in watching others go to the toilet
  • Has dry nappies for up to two hours – this shows he can store wee in the bladder
  • Tells you with words or gestures when he/ she does a poo or wee in his nappy
  • Begins to dislike wearing a nappy, perhaps trying to pull it off when it’s wet or soiled
  • Can pull his/her pants up and down
  • Can follow simple instructions Not all these signs need to be present when your child is ready.
  • A general trend will let you know it’s time to start.
Supportive practises in our home:
  • There are a range of practical strategies that will be implemented to promote children’s positive toileting experiences.
  • Discussing toileting requirements with families to ensure consistency of practice between home and Service and ensure an understanding of cultural and individual preferences.
  • Allowing children to take their time
  • Responding to children’s cues and allowing them to be active participants in the process Where possible, using the correct terms for going to the toilet – ask families what words they use at home, as consistent language between home and care will help children to understand and learn more easily
  • Prompting children by asking or reminding them about using the toilet every 30 minutes
  • Always being positive about toilet training so that your encouragement is reinforced in your language and actions
  • Being respectful and mindful to children’s dignity and rights to privacy
Getting our child ready:

Pants and Clothing:

  • Start using underpants or training pants.
  • Dress your child in clothes that are easy to take off
  • Bring spare shoes and 4 – 6 pairs of underwear and shorts into the service, incase of accidents.

Hygiene:

  • Help the child to wipe themselves, especially with girls by encouraging them to wipe from front to back and placing toileting paper into the toilet after use.
  • Teaching your child to flush the toilet and how to wash their hands after using the toilet
Incase of accidents:
  • Reassure and comfort the child and ensuring children’s privacy and dignity is upheld at all times
  • Explain to the child that you will help them get changed and cleaned up.
  • Ask the child if they require assistance to remove their clothing.
  • Build child’s understanding about what is happening and promote their ability to predict what will happen next in the routine.
  • Dress the child and invite them to assist you to develop and extend their self-help skills.
  • Hygiene procedure will be followed through out this time.
  • Support the child by talking positively about their efforts in toileting and encourage the child to rejoin their peers. Record information on Toileting chart for families
Links to the EYLF:

Ensuring toileting routines are conducted in ways that maintain hygiene standards, with interactions that are warm, responsive and support children’s learning links back to many quality areas.

  • Element 1.1.3: The program, including routines, is organised in ways that maximise opportunities for each child’s learning.
  • Standard 2.1 Each child’s health is promoted.
  • Element 5.1.1 Interactions with each child are warm, responsive and build trusting relationships
  • Element 5.2.3 The dignity and rights of each child are maintained at all times.
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