Diaper & Potty Training Policies

Diaper Policy:

It is the parent’s responsibility to provide diapers, for their child. Each child has his or her own clearly labeled cupboard to hold their change of clothes, diapers, etc. Diapers are checked frequently, and changed every 2-3 hours or more often if required The diaper changing mat is cleaned and disinfected between each diaper change, and hand washing of childcare provider and child is performed after each diaper change.


Potty Training Policy (4 steps):

We need to work as a team to insure your child’s success. Communication between us on your child’s readiness is key to a happy successful training. All participants must be 100% committed. Potty training will begin no earlier than at age 2 (this does not mean that at age 2 each child is ready)


The signs of readiness to toilet train at home are often different than in a group setting. In a group the child face challenges that can delay their readiness; such as: fear of missing out on something.  This can cause a child to wait until the last second.

Step 1:

Is your child Ready to start Potty Training:

Yes No Is your child able to tell the adult they have to go potty before they have to go? They must be able to say the words “I have to go potty” before they have to go.




Can your child use the potty unassisted? (must be able to do at least 3)
Yes No Get on and off the potty by him/herself
Yes No Undress him/herself (pull pants up and down)
Yes No Is able to wipe themselves after using the toilet
Yes No Is able to wash and dry hands
Yes No Is able to go directly back to the room without directions
Yes No Does your child stay dry for at least 2 hours at a time?
Yes No Does your child show interest in going to the bathroom? (do they follow you in and want to sit on the potty or toilet?)
Yes No Does your child understand what the toilet is for?
Yes No Does your child ask to be changed when he/she is wet or dirty?
Yes No Does your child have regular bowel movements with soft, formed stool?
Yes No Does your child seem to recognize at least a few seconds ahead of time that he/she has to go, can tell you before it happens?
Yes No Is your child in a willing receptive mood?

  • Is your child going through or about to go through within the next 3 months a major transition, a new baby arriving? Starting school? Moving? Etc.? (major transition can delay or degrees training)
Yes No Is your child able to postpone going if they must wait for someone who is in the bathroom or if we are outside and away from the house

If your child meets at least 7 of these criteria then your child is ready to try training.

If there are any major transitions in your child’s life now or within the next 3 months wait until your child can adjust. Some fully trained children have been known to degrees back into diapers when under stress.

If your child meets 6 or less of these criteria, wait a month or two and reevaluate.


Please keep in mind that every child develops at their own rate. Please do not push “your readiness” on your child; it can do more harm then good.

Step 2:

Please make sure that you let me know when you are going to start toilet training at home. Keep me up to date on the progress.


Step 3:

Toilet training should be done at home over a long weekend or holiday.

Once your child has been trained successfully at home for at lest 4 weeks, your child may begin wearing pull-ups here at daycare. Children will not be trained in underwear.


Please send your child in clothing that is comfortable and easy for your child to remove independently. (No overalls, tights/leggings or multiple buttons etc.) Please send them wearing elastic band type shorts or pants (depending on the weather)



During Potty Training please provide daycare with:

  • At lest 2 complete changes of your child’s clothing (this includes socks)
  • One extra pair of shoes

Under no circumstances will your child be allowed to potty-train in regular underwear

This is for sanitary reasons. Regular underwear cannot contain urine and feces to prevent the spread of germs in my home, to other children in my care, and to my family. Please cooperate with me on this matter.

If within 2 to 3 weeks, your child shows no signs of progress, I reserve the right to put your child back in diapers and try again at a later date.


Step 4:

Wearing underwear to daycare

I use a sticker chart to keep track of your child’s progress at daycare.  In order for your child to be allowed to wear underwear to daycare he/she must get 20 consecutive stickers on his/her chart (equaling 20 consecutive daycare days).  In order to get a sticker on his/she chart, he/she must complete the following each day. If he/she does not do one of the two of the following then he/she gets an X for that day.


  1. Asks to use the toilet
  2. Leaves in the same dry pull-up/training pants he/she came in (without being told to use the toilet)


If at any time after your child has been fully trained at daycare and he/she has an accident, I reserve the right to start the training process here at daycare all over again.


Once your child has 20 consecutive days on their chart  your child may wear his/her underwear to daycare please provide me with:


  • Pull-ups for naps or other extended periods