Diapering, Toileting & Sleep Policy

Diapering and Toileting are basic necessities that will not be denied. Routine times are set up to allow for consistency, however children can access the toilet any time they feel it is necessary. All diapering and toileting for children will be carried out in a sanitary, safe manner to prevent the spread of germs and diseases that can occur during the changing process.


The procedure for diapering will be posted at every location where diapering is to take place.

1. Place gloves on first before putting child on the change table.
2. Place child's individual change pad on the change table before diapering the child.
3. The change table should be a comfortable height for staff, with a safety ledge and a washable pad held in place.
4. Make sure you are organized and have all items needed on the change table. Never leave a child unattended on the change table.
5. Remove the child's diaper and wipe their bottom with their own wet wipes.
6. Apply any creams as needed and put on a fresh new diaper.
7. Follow up with child washing hands as per guidelines.
8. Wash and disinfect child's change pad (making sure it is dry before putting away).
9. Put away child's belongings and disinfect the change table.
10. Wash and dry your hands thoroughly.
11. Children will be diapered at least every 2 hours and of course more if needed.
12. A record of diapering will be kept for each child outlining if they have a bowel movement (BM) or they were wet (W) and if they tried the toilet (TP) and if they urinated on the potty (V). This will be available to the parents for review.


Learning to use the toilet is a big event in a young child's life. Because toilet training is a complex process, there are many issues caregivers and families must consider before and during the process of toilet training for it to be a successful experience for everyone. When a parent and caregiver believe a child is ready for toilet training (generally between 24 years of age) both the parent and caregiver will agree to support each other in being consistent both at daycare and at home, as consistency is key toward successfully potty training.

How to tell if a child is ready?
Follows simple directions
Remains dry for at least 2 hours at a time during the day.
Dry after nap time.
Regular and predictable bowel movements.
Walks to and from the bathroom, pulls down own pants and pulls them up again.
Announces when they are wet or have a BM and are uncomfortable with soiled or wet diapers
Seems interested in the toilet.
Asks to wear underwear.

If the child has most of these skills, then they are probably ready to start toilet training. If they do not have most of skills or have a negative reaction to toilet training, wait a few weeks or months until most of the skills are checked off. Starting too soon can actually delay the process and cause tears and frustration. Toilet training is much easier when the child is ready.


The Discovery Program will follow the guidelines set out in the "Joint Statement on Safe Sleep" and the regulations set by the CCEYA.  The regulations are put in place to reduce the risk of harm and injury, including death when children are sleeping.  Children are monitored at sleep time, so staff can look for signs of distress (skin colour, change in breathing, overheating) and react as required.  All children having quiet time at Discovery will be assigned a label cot with a fitted sheet.  Staff will create a detailed map of where the children are regularly placed at rest time.  Along with the map will be a list of requirements for each child's sleep preference so that supply staff can know who might require a diaper/pull-up or who is not a regular sleeper etc.  At the time of registration, the supervisor will have a conversation with parents about rest time so individualized accommodation can occur.  At any time, a parent can re-evaluate what their child's needs might be.  The supervisor/staff will update the sleep requirements when notified.  Staff will be shown where these documents are located at the time of orientation.  

During the rest period the lighting is adequate for proper visual checks being conducted.  Staff will walk around the room completing a direct visual check on each child.  This will be done approximately each ½ hour, but not exceeding.  Staff that completed the check will sign the Children's Daily Record Log, which also includes what time they fell asleep and what time they woke from their nap.  Parents have the opportunity to review this log at pick up/drop off time. 

Staff should recognize that children do not have a set rest schedule and will sleep based on their individual needs.  If a child chooses not to sleep other quiet activities will be set out for those children.  If staff are required to follow a sleep plan and it involves a child being woken up after a certain time it will be done in a gentle, calm manner.

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