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.

Diapering table in infant room

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 …

Ways to Encourage Self-Help Skills in Children

Toddler with food on face

Children have a drive to be independent and do things on their own. This is a healthy part of normal child development. As children grow, they learn to do more and more tasks.

Child care providers can help young children become independent by allowing and encouraging them to take responsibility for themselves whenever possible. It can be faster and less messy to do things for children, but they learn so much from doing things for themselves. When children practice self-help …