Children 2 years old and younger who are actively potty training must wear velcro side/re-attachable pull-ups (not diapers or “big kid pants”) daily until the teachers determine that he/she is fully potty trained.
Children 3 years old and older should be fully potty trained by the start of school.
Though a child may be “fully” trained at home, it often takes a little longer and sometimes they stop going to the potty at school where there are more distractions and more children in care. Accidents are understandable and expected at first, but if a (3 yr old or older) child continues to have accidents in the classroom it not only requires the teachers to provide extended one on one time with that child cleaning up but it presents a health concern when the rooms are contaminated. Teachers will discuss with parents any accidents as they happen. If after a certain time the teachers determine that the child is not ready to be fully potty trained, the parents and teachers will meet to discuss further action.
The following are the signs to look for in determining a child’s readiness for potty training:
- Your child stays dry at least two hours at a time during the day or is dry after naps
- Bowel movements become regular and predictable.
- Facial expressions, posture or words reveal that your child is about to urinate or have a bowel movement.
- Your child can follow simple instructions
- Your child can walk to and from the bathroom and help undress
- Your child seems uncomfortable with soiled diapers and wants to be changed
- Your child asks to use the toilet or potty
- Your child asks to wear big-kid underwear
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