Typically when families reach our Independence classroom, the topic of Potty Training comes up. We are excited to be part of this skill building and want to outline what that looks like in our school setting.
Potty Training at home looks very different than it does at school. At home children have more freedom to use the bathroom and there is a parent/guardian there to assist at all times. At school, we have designated diaper changing times in order to make sure everyones needs have been met (and BM changes on demand).When children become interested in and capable of potty training, we will happily sit a child on the potty at these designated diaper changing times Then, In order to use the bathroom outside of these times children need to be able to communicate with us that they need use the potty, or they need to be physically capable of using the potty on their own. It is very important that parents and teachers are in constant communication so we can work together on this transition.
There are three phases we would like to outline:
1. Early stages of Potty Training:
-Child shows interest in using the potty. This could be talking about it, motioning to sit down, dry diapers for extended periods of time (during nap, or at night for example) etc.
**Teachers will help children sit on the potty during scheduled diaper changing times: around 10 am and 3pm**
2. Potty Training
-Child shows interest in using the potty.
-Child has spent a considerate amount of time at home potty training. They are successfully peeing/pooping on the potty (this does not have to be consistent).
-The child is successfully pulling up and down their pants at home, and getting on and off the potty themselves.
-Child can communicate and say "I need to go potty", “I need to go” when they do.
** Teachers will remind/help children sit on the potty during diaper times, before nap and before heading outside: around 10am, 12pm, 3pm (or when waking up) 3:30pm, 5:00
When potty training at school:
-Child must wear appropriate clothing. For example, they need to have on pants they can easily pull up and down on their own. No dresses (as they easily dip in the toilet).
-If children are wearing pull ups, we ask that they are the kind that Velcro on the sides and are detachable. This makes it easier to change a child when an accident occurs because we don’t have to get them completely undressed to take the pull up off.
-Please check in with us when deciding to switch your children from diapers or pull ups into underwear at school. If your child is still having frequent accidents we will likely put them back in pull ups or diapers because that is the sign that they are not ready for underwear yet.
-Please make sure children have spare clothing in their cubbies, this is PERTINENT when children are in undies and we ask for 4 entire changes of pants, undies, socks, and an extra pair of shoes or boots.
3. Potty Trained:
- Child fully communicates when they need to use the bathroom.
-Child is physically capable of pulling up and down their own pants.
-Child is physically capable of getting on and off the potty themselves.
-Child rarely has accidents
-May be in underwear because they can communicate when they need to use the bathroom outside of designated times.
**Children will be reminded to use the potty during diaper times and before nap and going outside. All other times are initiated by the child**
We appreciate you working with us during this exciting time of potty training. It is important to remember potty training happens at different times for each child. Do not feel a need to rush this process as it becomes very apparent when children are ready and goes much smoother for everyone when the privilege of learning how their body works in their own time is allowed to them.
Miss. Cascade, Miss. Nao and the Whole Bella Mente Team