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One sign of a good child care centre is that it actually works with parents to assist in their child’s toilet training. First-time parents might be unsure of the steps that they should follow to start the process. A good child care centre will support and communicate with you as to the progress and readiness of your child for toilet training. They offer feedback and help for families with issues like whether or not it’s appropriate to bring their child to the centre in pull-ups or if it is appropriate to still keep them in nappies at certain times of the day like rest times.

Clues that your child is ready for potty training

In general, children will show subtle and not-so-subtle signs that they are ready and willing to begin the process of potty training. For example, when they:

  • walks and sits for short periods of time
  • is generally more independent in completing tasks
  • is interested in looking at adults go to the toilet
  • has dry nappies for several hours
  • tells you before going to pee or poop
  • starts not to like wearing a nappy and tries to pull it off when it’s soiled
  • pulls pants up and down
  • follows rudimentary instructions like “hand the toy to Mummy”

All these signs need not be present when your child is ready, but the general trend will let you know it’s time to begin the training.

The participation of carers and teachers in the toilet training process can be valuable, considering that these early educators will be often the first to notice when your child is developmentally ready to toilet train. When that day comes a good child care centre will communicate with you about effective toilet training techniques and practices for your child.

Below are some of the advantages of toilet training in child care:

Healthy Habits

Most children start toilet training at the same age they start to learn basic personal hygiene. The routine involvedwith toilet training can help your child apply a similar approach to brushing their teeth and bathing. This means that toilet training is a stepping stone that will help your child begin to take more accountability for their own self-care.

Learning Opportunities

When your tot is no longer wearing nappies, they’ll discover a new whole world opens up for them. So too for the parents, who no longer have to worry about soiled or wet nappies, especially when going out or taking a holiday. Most early education and child development centres only accept children that are fully toilet trained.

Confidence and Independence

Toilet training is a major phase of kids focused in preschool. A child who succeeds or masters it may feel just as thrilled as a student who aced a test. Praising and acknowledging the child during potty training will most likely boost their self-esteem and build self-trust in their ability to achieve goals. The moment your child begins to regularly use the potty on their own,they are well on the way to using the bathroom and cleaning afterwards without any help from you.