Nappy Changing


Safeguarding and Welfare Requirement: Safety and Suitability of Premises, Environment and Equipment.

Providers must ensure there are suitable hygienic changing facilities for changing children who are in nappies.

Policy statement

No child will be excluded from participating in our setting who may, for any reason, not yet be toilet trained and who may still be wearing nappies or equivalent.  We work with parents towards toilet training, unless there are medical or other developmental reasons why this may not be appropriate at the time. We provide nappy changing facilities and exercise good hygiene practices in order to accommodate children who are not yet toilet trained. We see toilet training as a self-care skill that children have the opportunity to learn with the full support and non-judgemental concern of adults.


A member of staff has attended potty and toilet training run by the charity ERIC and we have lots of advice and tips to try and support parents/carers and children when looking at toilet training or if difficulties arise



  • Children will be checked by their keyperson periodically throughout each session; approximately 9.30 and then 11.20 am and then 12.50 and 3.10 pm – if their usual keyperson isn’t present the practitioner assuming keyperson responsibilities will do the checks.  Soiled or wet nappies will be changed and this will be recorded on a daily sheet in the bathroom area.
  • An additional check of all children in nappies will be carried out by an identified practitioner that is responsible for bathroom duties that session, this will take place at approximately 10 am and 2 pm, wet or soiled nappies will be changed and this will be recorded on a daily sheet in the bathroom area.
  • Changing areas are clean and safe areas to lay children.  A changing mat is used (unless the child is in pull ups and/or prefers to stand), and the mat is cleaned before and after each use.  Disposable gloves are used. If it comes to the attention of any key person that a child requires changing at a time between checks, the child will be changed by that person and this will also be recorded.
  • Nappies and pull-ups, gloves and wipes are double-bagged, labelled and given to appropriate parent/carer for disposal when the child is collected.
  • All staff members are familiar with the hygiene procedures and carry these out when changing nappies. 
  • All staff members are gentle when changing; they avoid pulling faces and making negative comments about ‘nappy contents’.  Staff members are familiar with specific cleansing procedures relating to boys and girls.
  • All staff members have ‘duty of care’ towards children’s intimate personal needs.  If children are left in wet or soiled nappies/pull ups in the setting this may constitute neglect and will be a disciplinary matter.  The responsibility of the care routines lies with the child’s designated key person.
  • Children are encouraged to take an interest in the toilet/potty, they may just want to sit on it and talk to a friend who is also using the toilet/potty.

Document ID-

Red 6


Policy adopted at meeting – Oct 2017

Reviewed by : Ladybirds Directors


Date reviewed





Oct 2017




Feb 2018










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