Diapering and Toileting


All children are allowed to use the bathroom when needed. Educators will encourage children to use the bathroom regularly (i.e. before going to the playground, before lunch, after rest, etc.) and will check a child still in diapers or pull-ups at least every 2 hours and as needed to see if they need changing.

Any child soiled or wet will be made more comfortable using the school’s diapering procedure. Soiled items will be sent home daily and a replacement set should be sent to school the next day. The school has a limited supply of spare clothing. Any clothing supplied by the school must be laundered before being returned.

Children who are toilet training must be wearing clothing that they can pull off and on easily by themselves. Families of children who are toilet training will receive information daily regarding their progress.

Potty chairs will be immediately emptied, feces and urine flushed and the chair washed with bleach and disposable towels. Gloves and towels used for this procedure will be bagged, sealed, and placed within a bag in a container with a lid.

All families will provide a complete change of clothes for their child to be stored at the school. Families of children who are toilet training will provide 4 sets of clothes.

Clothing or sleeping things soiled by any bodily fluid will be placed in a double plastic bag, sealed, labeled and stored apart from other items to be sent home.

Toilet training will never be coerced and will be done in accordance with a family’s request and will be consistent with the child’s physical and emotional abilities.            

Toileting Procedures

  1. All children will be allowed to use the toilet when needed.
  2. Children will be supervised during toileting but allowed as much privacy as is appropriate.
  3. No child will be punished for soiling, wetting, or not using the toilet.
  4. Children must wash their hands with soap and running water after toileting and before snacks, meals, or meal preparation.
  5. All educators must wash their own hands after assisting a child with diapering/toileting. Individual paper towels will be used to dry hands.
  6. Disposable gloves will be used whenever cleaning feces, urine, blood, or vomit.
  7. Contaminated areas will be cleaned and sanitized with bleach to water solution DEEC approved disinfectant solution.



Families are responsible for providing diapers, diaper wipes, and any nonprescription ointments they wish used on their child. Families will be notified when and if the supply needs to be replenished. Families who supply cloth diapers are to also provide a tightly covered container for storage of soiled diapers. Cloth diapers shall consist of an absorbent inner lining and be covered with an outer layer made of waterproof material that prevents the escape of urine or feces. Both diaper and outer covering will be changed as one unit. Cloth diapers and outer coverings will be bagged and placed in this container kept in the janitor’s closet. The family must remove the container of soiled cloth diapers at the end of each day; the container will be emptied and sanitized at home before being returned to school.


Diapering Procedure

  1. Wash hands and put on disposable gloves.
  2. Gather necessary supplies. Cover diapering surface with disposable paper towel.
  3. Place child on covered diapering surface. Clean child’s bottom from front to back with disposable wipe.
  4. Fold all contaminated disposable items into the soiled paper and into a plastic bag and discard into lined covered trashcan. Diaper and dress child. Wash the child’s hands.
  5. Clean diapering area with paper towel and disinfectant solution. After each use the changing table will be bleached.
  6. Wash hands thoroughly. Return supplies to child safe storage area.

Hand Washing

Children are instructed on how to wash hands by use of friction, soap and water and drying with paper towels.  The hand washing protocol is posted in the bathroom.

  1. Use warm water and liquid soap
  2. Rub your hands together scrubbing backs of hands, wrists, between fingers and under fingernails
  3. Rinse well under running water
  4. Dry hands with paper towel
  5. Turn off water with towel before throwing away
  6. Discard paper into lined trashcan

Children and educators wash hands:

  • Upon arrival
  • After going to the bathroom or changing soiled clothes
  • When sneezing or coughing in hand or using a tissue.
  • Before and after eating snacks or lunch
  • After playing ion the playground
  • After handling pets of any kind
  • Before and after water play
  • After cleaning