All children deserve the opportunity to achieve their full potential. To this outcome
five outcomes have been set as national targets for all services to children. These
- Stay safe
- Be healthy
- Enjoy and achieve
- Make a positive contribution
- Achieve economic well being
To achieve these children need to feel loved and valued, and be supported by a network
of reliable and affectionate relationships. A child protection policy helps everyone
to be clear what is and what is not acceptable behaviour and makes it easier to
challenge worrying conduct. It protects children and also protects those working
with children from unfounded allegations.
Intimate Care & Toileting Policy
All children are welcome at the Rainbow, regardless of whether they are in nappies or toilet trained, within a minority ethnic groups or have language barriers, special needs or disabilities. We encourage parents to communicate of any reasons that may make intimate care or toileting a concern during their stay at nursery. We always seek this information from the parents via our ‘getting to know you’ form when a child starts at the nursery. We ask for regular updates from the parents as to the stage that their child has reached, thus supporting the parents in the toilet training process.
The key practitioner liaises with the parents and asks for them to provide a named changing bag, with changes of clothes and the child’s own nappies or pull-ups etc. If the child is in the process of being toilet trained the key practitioner will ask the parents to provide plenty of changes of clothes and pants/knickers for the inevitable wetting accidents. The nursery always has boy/girl spare clothes available for accidents and for those parents who have forgotten their child’s bag.
The children in a nappy or pull-up will be checked regularly to ensure they are not soiled or wet. Soiled or wet nappies are always changed by DBS checked member of staff. Any soiled or wet clothes are changed using either the child’s own clothes provided or using the nursery’s spare clothes. The child’s soiled clothes are bagged and attached to the handle of their provided named changing bag or bagged and labelled for the parents to be given on collection, for them to see their child was changed and to be alerted that their child’s named bag will need replenishing with necessary items that were used.
The key practitioner will always speak to the child’s parent/carer and inform them that they have changed their child, reporting any shortages in the bag or reporting the parents/carers if the child has had to borrow any spare clothes from the nursery.
Intimate care is communicated between home and the practitioner, and is encouraged on a daily basis, where if toileting arrangement have advanced/stepped back, intimate/toileting care can be addressed accordingly.
Details below provides definitions of personal and intimate care.
• Starting at an early years setting is always an important and potentially challenging time for both children and their parents, it is also a time of growth and very rapid developmental change for all children. As with all developmental milestones in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), there is wide variation in the time at which children master the skills involved in being fully toilet trained. For a variety of reasons children may:
• be fully toilet trained
• have been fully toilet trained but regressed for a little while due to the excitement and stress of starting at a setting
• may be fully toilet trained at home but have accidents in the setting, or vice versa
• may be nearly there but needs some reminders and encouragement
• not toilet trained, but responds well to a structured toilet training process
• be fully toilet trained but has a serious disability or learning difficulty
• may have development delays but with additional support will master these skills
• have SEND and might require help with some or all aspects of personal care.
Definition of Intimate Care:
• Intimate care tasks specifically identified as relevant include:
• dressing and undressing (underwear)
• helping someone use a potty or toilet
• changing nappies
• cleaning / wiping / washing intimate parts of the body.
Definition of Personal Care:
• Personal care tasks specifically identified as relevant include:
• administering oral medication
• hair care
• dressing and undressing (clothing)
• washing non-intimate body parts
• prompting to go to the toilet.
• All children have the right to be safe and to be treated with dignity and respect.
Children‘s intimate care needs cannot be seen in isolation or separated from other aspects of their lives. Encouraging them to participate in their own intimate or personal care should therefore be part of a general approach towards facilitating participation in daily life.