Childcare during Toilet Training

Toilet training in childcare

Consistency in Approach

Childcare and toilet training can either cause some parents to worry or on the other hand it can be seen as a blessing to have someone else potty training.

The critical thing for your child is that you have good communication with your child’s carers so that you can both manage toilet training with the same consistent approach.

If you are thinking about toilet training your toddler in the near future it’s probably a good idea to schedule a meeting with the childcare centre or family day care mum so that you can share your thoughts and develop a process that will work effectively at home and in the day care environment.

Childcare Considerations and Tips

  • Does your childcare centre have a policy about children wearing toilet training pants?
  • Do they encourage toilet training at a particular age?
  • How will they encourage your child to go to the toilet?
  • Ensure they are aware of the same facial/body cues that your toddler uses to indicate they need to go to the toilet.
  • Will there be a specific carer on each shift who will be responsible for monitoring your child for cues?
  • Will they be using the smaller toilet or a potty to take your child to the toilet?
  • Can you supply your own potty so your child is familiar with this?
  • How will the carers manage the situation if your child has an accident?
  • Are there older children that will be able to be used as a role model?
  • If you are using the run around naked method at home, this clearly will not be allowed at the kindy, so you may need to adjust your training method at home to include the preferred method of the child carers.
  • If your kindy/childcare is encouraging independence by getting your child to pull their own pants up and down and to wash their hands, then make sure that you maintain this independence in the home
  • Be prepared to take advice from your carers on whether they think your child is ready (or in fact not ready) to start toilet training. They deal with a large number of toddlers going through this phase and will be able to offer a lot of insights.
  • Think about how you will manage the situation if you are not satisfied with the progress of toilet training while your child is in childcare?

Practical Tips

  • Pack a few more Pull-Ups Training Pants than you would normally go through in a day at home. There are lots more distractions at childcare and despite the best efforts of the carers they are not able to provide 100% attention to your child so may miss a few cues every now and then.
  • Once your child has progressed from training pants and is regularly dry during the day you will need to pack a number of extra changes of clothes. Even though they may be able to remain dry at home, it can be a little trickier at ‘kindy’ to always remember to go to the potty. When your toddler is engrossed in an activity they may hang on just a moment too long.
  • Label all items of clothing; right down to the pants and socks. It will help to ensure that the carers can send home the correct clothing at the end of the day.
  • If your childcare centre still has a rest period in the afternoon place a Pull-Ups Toilet Training pant in with the sheets as a reminder for your child’s carers to help put this on before rest time.
  • Provide the day care with the Pull-Ups Toilet Training chart so they can record each attempt, success and accident that your child has throughout the day. This provides a good basis for discussion each day.

Pressure to Train from Childcare

Most long day care centres will be able to cope with a toddler who is not toilet trained until they are quite old. However, you may find that some pre-schools will not welcome a toddler who is not toilet trained. This usually relates to the facilities available and the staff to child ratio.

This can often mean that parents feel a lot of pressure to toilet train prior to starting preschool.

Despite the feeling that time is of the essence you will need to allow your child plenty of time to become accustomed to the idea. There is no point trying to rush toilet training to meet a schedule that your toddler simply doesn’t understand.

Follow the guidelines for the signs of readiness and getting prepared to start the toilet training process.

For more information see Toilet Training Tips or Easy Toilet Training.