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Nappy Changing & Toilet Training

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We aim to treat all children as individuals and consequently our nappy changing procedure differs for each child.  They will be checked during each session and we also use the same methods as you would at home (eyes and nose!). During a 2½ or 3 hour session some children will need changing but some will not.  As children get older and start working towards potty training they begin holding on for longer. Our procedure for changing nappies is as follows:

  1. Nappy changing to be undertaken only by staff members who hold a current Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced Disclosure.

  2. Nappy changing will take place in one of the 3 toilet cubicles to allow privacy for the child (if the child is comfortable with that) on a clean changing mat.

  3. Disposable gloves are available to wear if the adult chooses to.  However, in line with our environmentally conscious policies the adult may perform the nappy change with bare hands.  They should be aware of good hygiene practices and thoroughly wash their hands after each nappy change.

  4. Adult to clean child with either wipes available in children’s toilet area or those supplied by parent.

  5. Adult to check beforehand on allergy list for any reactions that may be caused by wipes and gloves.

  6. Soiled nappies to be placed inside one plastic bag, , tied and then disposed of.  Wet nappies are placed in the bin in the adult toilet – they should be rolled up using the nappy sticky fastenings but not put in a nappy bag.  The bin will be emptied when toilets are cleaned at lunch time and put in the outside bin behind building. Soiled nappies are taken straight outside to the bin.

  7. Cream will not be applied unless previously agreed in writing by parent.

  8. Should a child become distressed by the experience, staff to contact parent for advice and for the parent if possible to return to change child.

  9. Should any staff notice any injuries or marks on a child, they are to notify the Child Protection Officer immediately.

  10. Following changing, mat to be cleaned using anti-bacterial spray and wiped with blue paper roll.

All children who wear nappies will be checked during the session and this will be recorded even if their nappy is not changed.  Children who are with us all day will have their nappy changed just after lunch if it has not been done during the morning.


When your child shows the physical, behavioural and cognitive signs of being ready for potty training we will support you and your child to achieve this.  We would seek to establish a potty training programme that complements what happens within your home environment to ensure that we are consistent in our approach. For example, if parents use a reward chart then we would be keen to use something similar so that we are all giving the same message.


Children will never be chastised or humiliated for having a toileting accident. If your child is still regularly having accidents we will talk to you about this and we may agree to put potty training on hold and start again when they are ready. Any success will be given abundant praise, as we believe this enables children to gain confidence in potty training.  We do not mind if a child learns on a potty or the toilet and we will have both available. However, during the term before your child starts primary school we will try to ensure that all children are using the toilet rather than the potty. Children will be taught about ‘germs’ in an age appropriate manner and encouraged to wash their hands thoroughly after using the toilet. This will encourage them to adopt good personal hygiene routines. Children’s privacy will be respected, but a member of staff will still be ‘on hand’ to help if required.


Policy reviewed: May 2019 (changes made)

Next review: May 2020