Bathroom Basics - Potty Trained

Potty Training

A child is considered to be "Potty Trained" if they are able to use the bathroom for their bowel movements and urination, most of the time.

We realize that even a well potty trained child will occationally have an accident.

Your child can still wear a diaper or pull-up "just in case", and still be considered potty trained if they are able to go to the bathroom on a normal basis.

Hand Washing and Hygiene

We can assist in the potty training process as well as teach your child bathroom hygiene such as washing hands.  Preschoolers need a certain set of skills before entering kindergarten. Basic bathroom skills like learning to get their clothes up and down easily and learning to clean themselves can help curtail some of their anxiety.

preschool bathroom wash hands

Topping the list of anxieties that children will experience as they enter kindergarten are issues surrounding going to the bathroom.  Even at age 5, kids don’t have full control of their bladder and may still have daytime accidents from time to time. Additionally, young children may not be completely aware of the early physiological signs that tell them that it’s time to go. Consequently, they may have a very small window between the time they realize their need to use the restroom and the time that they cannot hold it anymore.  At this age, children also tend to become fully engrossed in fun activities and find themselves waiting until the last minute.

preschool bathroom

Problems Getting Clothes Up and Down

Many children will experience anxiety from having to go the restroom away from home. In their own environment, mother or some other trusted caregiver was usually the one helping with buttons, zippers and cleaning. At school, some children will not like having to accept help from teachers with these issues. The best advice for parents is to dress your children in clothes that are easy to get up and down. For instance, a good choice for boys would be to opt for elastic waist pants as opposed to zippers and buttons. They are more comfortable and children can usually pull them up and down fast. For girls, tights could be much more difficult to deal with than leggings. Parents can ease some of the anxiety by preparing to practice buttoning, zipping and snapping at home. The more confident your child is, the easier it will be to adjust to a school environment. 

 

preschool bathroom wash hands

Bowel Movements

There are few children who do not become anxious from time to time when they have to have a bowel movement at school. They may find that, with all the excitement of school, it’s hard to relax and go. They may be afraid that somebody will walk in on them, or they may feel like they are taking too long. Whatever the case may be, parents can ease this sort of anxiety by reminding their child that it is okay to have a bowel movement at school and that the teacher understands when it takes a little longer to go. Teachers will also put children at ease by reiterating to children how to lock the door or how to let others know that they restroom is being occupied.

Even though teachers give ample restroom breaks and go over the rules surrounding proper use of the bathroom, toddlers who are just entering preschool or kindergarten are prone to have bathroom anxiety. Developing confidence in your child is one of the best strategies for relieving them of their anxiety. Make sure they can get dressed and undressed; teach them how to clean themselves; and let them know that they can tell the teacher if they are having any kind of problem. Above all, reassure them that everything will be okay if an accident does happen.

(Non-Potty Trained) Rates:

  • 2 classes per week - $170.00 per month ($10.00 extra)
  • 3 classes per week - $245.00 per month ($15.00 extra)
  • 4 classes per week - $315.00 per month ($20.00 extra)
  • 5 classes per week - $380.00 per month ($25.00 extra)

(Non-Potty Trained) Additional sibling discount:  15% off

  • 2 classes per week - $146.00 per month ($10.00 extra)
  • 3 classes per week - $210.50 per month ($15.00 extra)
  • 4 classes per week - $270.75 per month ($20.00 extra)
  • 5 classes per week - $326.75 per month ($25.00 extra)