Toilet Training Policy

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					                         Toilet Training Policy
Toilet training stage could be difficulty for parents however, for your
toddler is an excited independent stage. For this reason we at Just Like
Home Daycare & Preschool have created a toilet learning policy that will
help us work together to minimize frustration and maximize success for
your child.

In order for us to assist your child in toilet training we require that your
child shows signs of readiness. Please be sure to check and read through
our Potty Training Readiness Quiz and Signs found below.

Experts say first you teach, and then you train. In other words, it really
helps children to become familiar with the whole toilet using before it
actually happens. This is why once you perceive your child is ready for
potty training we ask that you please let us know this will help us
encourage and aid your child while in care.

In order to start the actual toilet using, we request that for the first two
weeks you start familiarizing your child with the toilet learning process.
This process consists in talking to your child about every step of using the
toilet, explaining what every single part of a restroom is used for and
making him or her familiar with the vocabulary and terms that will be use
for toilet teaching. We will also repeat the process at the daycare for these
two weeks.

    Vocabulary: door, toilet, toilet paper, sink, washing hands, soap,
     towel, etc...

    Terms: Decide before you start toilet learning what terms you will
     use for urine and feces. We use “pipi and pupu”, but if you have a
     different choice of words just let us know and will use those words
     for your child.

After these two weeks, we recommend that you start the actual training.
This training will begin at home first at least for two weeks; once it has
become a daily routine for your child we will begin to assist him or her at
the daycare as well.

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Toilet Training Schedule
Once these four weeks have ended, a schedule will be established to use
the toilet at certain times of the day. The schedule will be used whether
the child shows the need to use the toilet or not:

      Before and after breakfast
      Before and after lunch
      Before and after snack
      Before and after nap
      Before and after going outside

Training Guidelines
We also have developed a set of guidelines which will be helpful in this
important transition.

           Toilet learning needs to be started, encouraged and
            continued at home; continuity between home and child care
            is critical for toilet learning. (Positive reinforcement and
            consistency are a must)

           Dress your child in loose clothing that he/she is able to
            manage easily and independently. Pants or shorts with all-
            elastic waists are the best choices. Please avoid overalls, jeans
            with snaps and zippers, shirts with snaps between the legs,
            belts, one piece outfits, tie waistbands, tights, and tight-fitting
            clothing. If your child arrives wearing any of the previously
            mentioned items, we will not work on potty training that day.
            Dresses may also be a problem if your child can't see to pull
            down her underwear or can't pull the back of the dress up
            enough to avoid sitting on it.

           Once you begin toilet learning avoid the use of diapers
            during the day. Disposable training pants (Pull-ups) may be a
            good choice during the first few days unless your child
            considers them no different from diapers. While in care we
            will continue to use diapers or pull-ups until your child can
            and will announce that he/she needs to use the restroom
            and is able to do so with some or no assistance and without
            getting soiled or wet.
          Do not bring your child in panties or underwear with out
           obtaining our approval.

          Use cloth training pants instead of disposable ones after the
           initial week or so. Toilet learning often happens quickly for
           children wearing cloth pants because they feel different from
           diapers and allow the child to become aware of being wet.
           Thick training pants are available with a plastic outer layer and
           without the outer layer; these are a better choice than thin
           underwear for the first stages of learning.

          Pull-ups can be used for naps and at night if necessary and
           we recommend having the child use the toilet before going
           to bed. We will use pull-ups for naps until your child can
           control his/her bladder and bowel movements.

          Consider telling your child "It's time to go potty now"
           instead of asking. Asking the child if he/she wants to
           go to the bathroom only gives him/her to opportunity
           to say "no".

Required Supplies
During toilet learning we ask that you keep two complete sets of clothes,
including socks, and one extra pair of shoes if available at child care every

A bag of Pull-ups for the personal use of your child will also be requested.
(You will be notified when the supply is running low)

Note: Due to health and sanitation concerns, licensing rules prohibit us
from rinsing out soiled clothes. Soiled and/or wet garments will be put in a
plastic bag for you to take home and launder.

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Potty Training Readiness Quiz

   1. Does your child relate to and imitate older children?
   2. Can your child safely walk to and away from the toilet?
   3. Is your child starting to understand where her toys and other
       possessions belong?
   4. Is the number of times your child says no or responds negatively
   5. Is your child interested in trying to do things “by himself”?
   6. Does your child know that some of her peers are successfully using
       the potty?
   7. Can your child understand what you mean by “using the potty” and
       “no more diapers”, and can he talk about his topic with you?
   8. Is your child’s diaper staying dry longer?
   9. Does your child frequently wake up with a dry diaper?
   10. Is your child stopping play to squat for a bowel movement?

Score: Each yes is worth one point
 8-10 Your child is probably ready to begin potty training.
 5-7 Wait a month or so and take the quiz again.
 1-4 Wait a few months and take the quiz again.

Potty Training Readiness Signs

    Your child is staying dry for longer periods of time (often two hours
     or more)
    Your child recognizes when she is in the process of urinating or
     voiding. This is very important since your child is not really aware or
     what she is doing therefore is unable to control something he/she
     can not understand.
    Your child is able to easily pull her pants up
    Your children can follow simple 3 or 4 step instructions.
    Your child is able to sit and engage in an activity for several minutes
     without becoming distracted or irritable.
    Your child is walking and running well.
    Finally and perhaps most important, your child shows interest and
     desire. Interest in keeping dry or clean. Interest in wearing “big kid”
     underwear. Interest in what you are doing and desire to do what
     you are doing
It has been proved for many years that children learn through imitation,
therefore if you feel comfortable and believe it could help your child get
familiarized with the process easier, you could allow your child to watch
mommy or daddy use the toilet. This is your choice and it is something
that will not be done at daycare.

Another thing to think about is the fact that there are many steps to using
the toilet that we take for granted as adults. For example: Go to the
bathroom, turn on the light, pull down your pants and underwear, sit on
the potty, grab and use toilet paper, flush the toilet, wash your hands, dry
your hands, turn of the light, etc….. Being this the reason why is very
important that they have the skill to follow instructions and also that we
use this continuous patter of instructions when helping your child become
familiarized with the restroom and its process.

And remember, age is not the most important factor. Potty training will be
best accomplished when your child’s physical and emotional
development are taken into account as well.

I here by agree that I have read and understood completely the Toilet
Training Policy and agreement set before me and that I will abide by them
as requested.

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