Learning to use the toilet

Learning to use the toilet or potty is a big step for your child (and you).

Like any new skill it takes time and patience and every child will learn at their own pace.

Children are usually ready to be toilet trained between 18 months and 3 years old — which can be the same time they are attending an early childhood education and care service.

So how can you make sure the skills you’re teaching your child at home can continue and be strengthened at their early years service?

Having open communication with your child’s educators is a great start. You can chat to them about the strategies and routines you use at home so that your child can have similar experiences with toilet training while they’re at the centre.

You and your child’s educators might like to discuss:

  • signs or signals your child uses to let you know they need to use the toilet
  • the hygiene routines you’ve practiced together (i.e. wiping, flushing and washing hands)
  • your child’s toileting experiences during their day at the centre
  • how you manage setbacks at home with positive reinforcement (i.e. when your child doesn’t make it to the toilet).

By working in partnership with the educators, your child’s toilet training journey will be filled with more positive experiences.

Check out more tips for toilet training on the Starting Blocks website or talk to your child health nurse, call 13 HEALTH (13 432584).

Published — 14 June 2019 Last updated — 14 June 2019

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