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

Children are ready to start toilet training at a variety of ages, no two children will ever be the same.

Before you attempt to conquer the transition from nappies to pants please ensure you establish a positive cooperation with your child. If there is positivity, it will definitely make the progress smoother and hopefully less traumatic for everyone.

There are several signs to look out for before you embark on the toilet training journey, and we will always advise you along the way.

Before you make the initial step, your child should be making it known that they have got a wet or soiled nappy, they may even let you know that they are doing it in their nappy mid-way. In order for the children to be successful at nursery, they need to be able to tell staff that they need the toilet as the toilets are not within sight.

Potty training is fastest and most successful if you start it at the last stage when your child can ask. By the age of 3, 9 out of 10 children are dry most days.

We do anticipate that children will have occasional accidents and ask that you provide us with spare clothes and shoes. When children are at nursery, they are likely to be excited and busy and it is during those engaging moments that they are most likely to have an accident. In their minds, why would you want to leave an exciting activity just to use the toilet!

If your child is asking to go to the toilet, and are making it known that they have a wet or soiled nappy, please speak to your child’s key person and we can support you in the first stages of the toilet training journey.


 Step 3

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.