Nappy changing


Policy statement.

No child is excluded from participating in our Setting who may, for any reason, not yet be toilet trained and who may still be wearing nappies or equivalent. We work with parents/carers towards toilet training, unless there are medical or other developmental reasons why this may not be appropriate at the time.

We make necessary adjustments to our toilet area provision and hygiene practice in order to accommodate children who are not yet toilet trained.

We see toilet training as a self-care skill that children have the opportunity to learn with the full support and non-judgemental concern of adults.


  •   Changing areas are warm and there are safe areas to lay young children if they need to have their bottoms cleaned.
  • Gloves and aprons are put on before changing starts and the areas are prepared. Paper towel is put down on the changing mat freshly for each child.
  • All Staff are familiar with the hygiene procedures and carry these out when changing nappies.
  • Young children are encouraged to take an interest in using the toilet; they may just want to sit on it and talk to a friend who is also using the toilet.  They should be encouraged to wash their hands and have soap and towels to hand. They should be allowed time for some play as they explore the water and the soap.
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash liquid or soap should not be used for young children.
  • Key persons are gentle when changing; they avoid pulling faces and making negative comment about ‘nappy contents.’  Key persons do not make inappropriate comments about young children’s genitals when changing their nappies, older children access the toilet when they have the need to and are encouraged to be independent.
  •  Nappies and ’pull ups’ are disposed of hygienically. The nappy or pull up is bagged and put in the nappy bin.


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