More families are putting their children into nurseries with the rising cost of living they have to return to work sooner.
There are many calls for nurseries from fraught parents to help with toilet training as they are struggling to find the time to potty train their child in a weekend and feel incredibly guilty.
A number of infant schools have reported a rising number of children starting school untrained.
At around twenty months, a toddler that stays dry for an hour or two and sometimes wakes from a nap dry is ready for toilet training.
A child who is ready will notice the stream of wee down their leg and probably announce it or if they notice they have soiled their nappy and want you to change it are also more than ready for their next step.
If your setting does decide to help parents in their plight, here are nine potty training tips to help you:
- Work closely with parents
- Accentuate the positives of being able to use the potty and growing up
- Read books with the child about potty training
- Switch from nappies to training pants
- Help establish a simple routine
- Be enthusiastic
- Use a sticker chart to reward success
- Be sensitive and patient
- Each child is unique and develops at their own pace