Day Care Toilet Training Policy

Potty training is one of those parenting tasks that takes time, patience and cooperation. The National Network for Childcare states that most children potty train between the ages of 2 and 3, with girls training an average of six months earlier than boys 1. Parents also need the assistance and cooperation from daycare facilities to encourage consistency as their children transition from wearing diapers to being completely potty trained. It's equally as important for parents to follow the daycare toilet training policy, whether they're using a small home provider or a large center 23.

Verbal Skills

Children need to be able to tell the care provider when they need to use the bathroom without constant reminders. It is not possible for providers to give constant one-on-one attention at all times to every child. Also, it is the policy of many daycare centers that a small child not be permitted to use the bathroom unattended. In these instances, it is essential that a child be able to clearly express a need to potty to the caregiver. This is one of the most important skills to master before toilet training can commence.


Toddlers don't have the ability to hold their bladders for very long, so daycare providers typically require parents to dress children in pants with elastic waistbands or dresses for girls. Children may have difficulty with buttons and zippers, and it is time consuming to have to assist multiple children in getting their pants up and down every time they use the toilet. While training is in process, pull-up diapers or some other type of training pants are necessary for health reasons.

Daycare Supplies

The daycare should also have three full outfits, including socks and an extra pair of shoes if possible, for each child to wear in case of accidents. For health reasons, most daycare facilities will not wash out or handle soiled clothing. Soiled clothes are typically bagged up and given to parents at the end of the day to take home and wash.

Duration of Time Trained

Some children might be completely potty trained at home but have difficulty training at daycare 2. For this reason, many facilities require that children are able to be completely accident free for a period of two to three weeks to reduce the risk of accidents. Some facilities require potty-trained children to use training pants during nap time for some time after they have proven to be day trained, since sleep training takes a bit longer for most children.