Asking your nursery to follow your potty training routine


Potty training can be a source of anxiety for parents and nurseries, and it helps if you and your nursery can work together to master potty training.


How does it work when my child is at nursery or preschool?

school daysYour childcare provider can offer great support and advice during the potty training process.

Depending on how much childcare you have in place, your child maybe around their key workers for a large part of the day, and so they may actually be the ones who spot the signs of readiness to potty train.

So quite often it works in your favour to take their lead and follow any routines they use.

And remember that childcare also has the benefit of your child being around other children who may also be using a toilet. This can be a great tool as your little one sees their friends with good toileting habits encouraging them to try as well.

Don’t take it as a criticism if they suggest your child should be out of nappies.

Nurseries have years and years of experience of helping children to learn good toileting habits, but that doesn’t mean you should leave it up to them.

Parents and childcare providers need to work as partners during the process.

Tips for working together

These are our tips of how to work together with your child’s nursery or childminder for potty training consistency:

  • Talk to each other. Keep your childcare provider updated on any potty training progress at home, accidents, regression and how you’d like them to proceed.
  • Walk them through the potty training routine. Explain what you are doing at home such as using potty or toilet, step stool, seat etc. Do they wipe themselves or do they struggle with that? Visit each part of the process and importantly, let the childcare know any bits they are struggling with.
  • Share rewards. If an incentive works really well at nursery, adopt it at home too for consistency. It’s likely to be stickers, but it’s good to have an idea of what is motivating your child’s progress during childcare.
  • Use the same words. Try to adopt the same way of talking about potty training. Also, make sure that you are both handling accidents consistently – children can get upset if they think they are in trouble, so try not to confuse them if they experience one.
  • Explain any special needs. Your child’s carer should already know about any special needs, but it doesn’t hurt to remind them if you think they might cause problems in the potty training process.

Don’t forget that nurseries are not judgemental. Use their advice and work together on the potty training process.  Your child will face less confusion if you’re all working from the same page.

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