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Our philosophy is always to follow the child and work with them individually to meet their precise needs. We approach toilet training in the same manner, making communication between a child’s key person and parent vital. Working together with us, using the same timing and approach at the point that your child is ready, will help this important transition in their life to be as positive as possible and with lots of praise.
There is no magic age at which children are ready to start learning how to use the potty, but some develop the necessary physical and cognitive skills between 18 and 24 months of age. Many parents don’t start toilet training until their children are 2 ½ to 3 years old, when daytime bladder control has become more reliable. Some children are not interested in toilet training until they are closer to three years old.
Once your child shows signs that they are ready, they will have more awareness of bowel movements and have the language to express their needs. Please discuss this with your child’s Key Person and talk about a plan of action, so that the nursery and family can work together to support your child through this stage.
Protecting the environment for our future is at the heart of The Gower School’s ethos. This is why we use real, washable nappies at our nursery school and encourage parents to do the same at home. Washable nappies can help with potty training. Your child will go through around 6,000 nappy changes during his or her infancy. Disposable nappies consume materials and energy in their production and create a huge amount of waste that has to be disposed of through landfill sites or incinerators.
Disposable nappies not only cost you a lot of money to buy, but they cost your local council a lot of money to dispose of. As a result of this, many local authorities have created schemes to encourage you to use real nappies. The easiest way to find out what incentives your local authority offers is to search their website for the word ‘nappies’ and see the results, or call their Recycling or Waste Minimisation Team.