Nappy Changing (6.4)

No child is excluded from participating in sessions with in the nursery school, who may, for any reason, not yet be toilet trained. We recognise that all children develop at different stages and that some children may still be in nappies or pull ups. We work with parents/carers towards toilet training, unless there are medical or other developmental reasons why this may not be appropriate at the time.

We provide toilet seats and steps or potties and ensure good hygiene practices are carried out, in order to accommodate children who are not yet toilet trained.

We view toilet training as a self-care skill that children have the opportunity to learn with the full support and non-judgemental concern of all the staff within the nursery school.


In the event that it becomes necessary to change a child’s nappy or pull up during a Nursery session, the following procedures will be followed.

  • Only persons with relevant police checks will be able to change nappies or pull ups.
  • Children’s nappies will be changed in a private, designated area which complies with Health, hygiene and safety regulations.
  • The designated area or changing mat will be cleaned after the child has been changed with a suitable anti-bacterial cleaner. A child will never be left alone or unattended on the changing mat.
  • The member of staff changing the child will always wear protective gloves and apron.
  • Appropriate hand washing facilities will be available for both adult and child to use and disposable paper towels used to dry hands afterwards.
  • Dirty nappies are sealed in a nappy sack and disposed of in the nappy bin in the toilet area, which is emptied on a daily basis. Soiled underwear will be double bagged are returned to Parents/Carers in the bag that the child’s spare clothes arrived in.
  • The child’s privacy will be respected at all times during changing procedures.
  • If a child has a toileting accident during a nursery session, a member of staff will assist the child in changing in the toilet area. Staff will wear protective gloves and apron as before. The hand washing procedures as above will be followed. Soiled clothes will be double bagged and returned to parents. The child’s privacy will be respected at all times.
  • Older children access the toilet when they have the need to and are encouraged to be independent.
  • If parents/carers have any problems regarding their child’s toileting procedures, they should approach the child’s key person or a Lead Practitioner Early Years.

In order to care for a child’s physical needs we ask that parents/carers,

  • Make sure that wherever possible children arrive at Nursery wearing a clean nappy or pull up.
  • Provide nappies and wipes with bags for soiled items, so that, in the event that it becomes necessary to change their child, their individual needs are met.
  • Speak to a child’s key person or a Lead Practitioner Early Years with any issues arising from this policy.


This Policy was adopted at a meeting of:  Reepham Nursery School
Held in:  June 2015
Date to be reviewed on:  June 2019
Signed on behalf of the management committee:  Rachael Jones – Chairperson.