Hi my name’s Anna, and I’m going to talk about “I can go to the toilet, wipe myself properly and flush unaided”. The Early Learning Goal falls under Personal, Social and Emotional Development – self-confidence and self-awareness.
The goal states: To develop good self-care practise, by understanding the importance of good hygiene. During the corona outbreak this has become even more important that children have independence with fully grasping the full routine of using the toilet, wiping appropriately and flushing for school readiness, as teachers and assistants will not be able to physically assist.
The reason that it is important is to avoid unnecessary child illness, and to avoid spreading germs. Creating an enabling environment for their unique needs, will help them develop and learn new skills.
So now we need to look at how we can help our children to do this. Remember: Before we start just remember that all children are different and learn things in their own way and at a different pace. Be patient and be open-minded, and try and figure out what works best for you and your child.
So some top tips of how to encourage your children: In the early stages to give your child lots of reassurance to build up their confidence. Mistakes are ok, start by watching them and talking them through the process as they do it.
Ensure your child can reach everything, so a stool may be available or a soft seat for them to sit on. Make sure your child notices the signs of needing the toilet so they can allow enough time to prepare to use the toilet, some children struggle more than others; a support guide is available underneath And a YouTube video as well, which you can watch with your child about being patient on the toilet and washing their hands after flushing.
Make sure you have spare clothes ready and available with little fuss for accidents. Ensure all things needed to independently use the toilet and wipe their nose are accessible, tissues/toilet paper, hand wash and a towel.
It is also worth thinking about what clothing is easy to remove, such as clothes without fiddly buttons. You can find suggestions in greater detail and suggestions on how to support their gross and fine motor skills on the links below also.
Gross motor skills will help them strengthen like squatting and fine motor skills will help with things such as unbuttoning and strengthening their wrists. When wiping remind them to keep wiping until the tissue is clean, and wiping correctly.
There is another fun video underneath. You could also try demonstrating on a doll. Here are some good books to enjoy together: Where’s the poop? By Julie Markes A fun flap book about a tiger and his cub using the toilet.
Toilet tales! Captain of the Toilet By Rose Inserra A fun toilet book for boys. Ready to go! Toilet Time By Janet Hall which is a fun book for the girls toilet training. If you would like to find out more about School Readiness have a look at some of our videos or check out pacey.
org.uk and also some links below. There is also a good document which you could take a look at called “What to expect When”. It is a guidance to your child’s learning and development in the early years foundation stage.
And some helpful tips for parents and guidelines to help support your child with toilet independence all below.