How should child care providers handle toileting accidents in young children?

In general, toileting accidents in the child care setting should be handled casually. Children who have learned to use the toilet may feel embarrassed if they wet their pants. Shaming or scolding the child will only make him more uncomfortable. Here are some quick tips for handling toileting accidents in the child care setting:

  • Help the child change clothes. If the child is old enough to dress himself independently, have him take responsibility for changing his own clothes.
  • Seal the

Creating Safe and Appropriate Diapering, Toileting, and Hand Washing Areas in Child Care

Diapering, toileting, and hand washing are important routines in child care, and those areas of the child care classroom are important parts of children’s experience in child care. With thoughtful planning, child care providers can set up an area to handle these important caregiving routines while also significantly reducing the spread of germs and disease.

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The Diapering Area

Diapering is a regular, everyday occurrence in infant and toddler classrooms. It is important to set up a diapering area that is …

Signs Child Care Providers May Notice that Indicate Toilet Learning Readiness

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Learning to use the toilet is an important milestone for young children. Child care providers and parents need to work together to decide when a toddler is ready to learn how to use the toilet. Here are some things child care providers should keep in mind as toddlers approach this important milestone:

  • Toilet learning is a process. Many parents and child care providers get impatient for the child to give up diapers and use the toilet. Be patient — learning

Preventing the Spread of Germs During Toileting

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Learning to use the toilet is an exciting process for young children. Child care providers can make toilet learning smoother and prevent the spread of germs from one child to another by remembering these basic toilet learning “dos.”

  • Consider a potty attachment instead of a potty chair. A potty attachment has a smaller seat that snaps on to the regular toilet. Attachments are more sanitary than potty chairs. Remove urine deflectors because they can cut the child.
  • Clean and disinfect

Helping Children with Toilet Learning in Child Care

Toddler toilet training

Learning to use the toilet is an important developmental milestone for toddlers. Child care providers can help children with this learning process by being encouraging, knowing the signs of toilet learning readiness, and keeping toileting routines as consistent as possible while children learn how to use the toilet.

Signs of Readiness for Toileting

Each child will follow his or her own time schedule in being ready to use the toilet. To use the toilet successfully, children must be able to …

Diapering and Toileting in Child Care

Diapering table in infant room

Diapering and toileting are two of the most common times that germs are spread in child care. Child care providers need to know the right way to change diapers and appropriate ways to help children us the toilet in order to greatly reduce the spread of illness in the child care program. The following articles have specific ideas and information about safe and sanitary diapering and toileting in a child care setting.