All about toilet training…

As we all know at some point in their lives, every child will begin to toilet train. We have produced this short guide in how we can work together to support your child with this new transition! In our experience the best way to support a child through to successful toilet training is to work in partnership with you. Many of our successful families have mentioned that they did so by these steps.

Read Guide Below

Childrens Nursery in Redhill and Surrey 


Step 1 - Choose your approach!

We often receive questions regarding the best method for toilet training, pull ups or cold turkey and straight to pants/ knickers?

 Pants/ Knickers Pro’s

  • Promotes independence, children are so proud to be in Big boy/girl pants!
  • Children physically feel the difference
  • Supports understanding of when accidents have happened
  • Cost effective and reusable (also can be thrown away at little expense)
  • Can be bought with child’s interest on the front (eg Disney, peppa pig, etc). These can be used to encourage successful toilet training as children value their possessions.

 Pants/ Knickers con’s

  • The accident “leaks” through to the rest of their clothes and can result with a mountain of washing.
  • The accident will make a mess. (at nursery we are experts in mess and this is not an issue for us)

 Pull ups Pro’s

  • Are easy for when you are “out and about” or in the car as the child having an accident” will be contained as a pull up is pretty similar to a nappy.
  • Promotes independence in that children can pull up and down the pull up on the toilet and can be put on in the morning as if like “knickers or pants”.


 Pull ups con’s

  • In our experience the children sometimes go unaware of the difference of pull ups as it feels similar to nappies.
  • Children are unaware of the “accident” they have had as it is contained to their pull up.
  • Gives children a “safe” option and they sometimes use the toilet less as they can go in their pull up. They are clever little monkeys you know!


 Step 2

Please be aware that toilet training is a partnership operation. A child is most likely to succeed if we are all working towards the same goal. In varying parent’s experiences many parents said that when tackling toilet training they firstly:

  • Cleared their week/ weekends so they could spend time working with their child to enable they established an understanding of toilet training before they implemented it at nursery.
  • Spoke to their child about toilet training, encouraging hand washing and the logistics of toilet training.


 Step 3

 Once they have begun to feel confident in toilet training at home they would then ask the nursery to continue by supporting the child in toilet training.

To encourage independence and taking ownership, please bring your child to nursery dressed child in clothes that will be easy for them to access the toilet in. For example, in our experience it is easier for children to pull down leggings and loose fitting trousers in comparison to struggling with dungaree’s, tights or popper vests.


Step 4

 Please provide a named bag full of spare clothes for your little one. Honestly, you can never be too prepared! 8 to ten sets. (Please include, trousers, leggings, socks, tops and underwear, spare shoes if possible)

* please remember the nursery environment is very exciting for the children, and accidents are bound to happen.