Nappy Changing and Toileting Policy

The nursery will minimize the spread of infectious diseases between children and nursery staff by ensuring changing and disposal of nappies is hygienic and efficient. The nursery will ensure that nappy changing procedures are positive experiences which meet children’s individual needs while implementing correct hygiene practices.

An effective nappy changing and toileting policy is one where each child’s individual needs and comfort is considered. Hygiene and safety requirements minimize the possibility of cross-infection during nappy change. Good hygiene practices when changing nappies protect the child and the practitioner.

Children’s developing toileting should be guided with a sensitive approach from practitioners. The decision to commence toilet a child must be made in consultation with the parents.
Practitioners should create routines that allow for one-to-one quality time where the practitioner can interact with the infant/toddler at various times including nappy changing. Practitioners will use nappy time as a prime time to interact with children, creating positive experiences through singing, talking and interacting.

Strategies and Practices


  • Children will be provided with storage for individual children’s disposable nappies labeled with their names.
  • The nursery will keep a supply of spare nappies for emergency purposes. The nursery will not supply nappy wipes.
  • The nappy change surfaces will have mats with washable surfaces.
  • A nappy change policy will be displayed in each nappy change area.
  • Nappy change is a time for one to one experiences and will be an opportunity for communication between practitioner and child.

At Bedayati Nursery staff will bear in mind the following principles when nappy changing.

  • Children have the right to feel safe and secure.
  • Children will be respected and valued as individuals.
  • Children have a right to privacy/dignity when staffs are meeting their needs.
  • A child’s understanding to toileting procedures is designed to lead to independence.
  • Ensure that the nappy change area is stocked with nappies, gloves, wipes, neutral detergent and paper towel before changing the nappy.
  • Take the child into the nappy change area. Children who are able to walk are encouraged to do so. Older children are also encouraged to use the stairs provided to wash their hands under supervision.
  • Staffs will always maintain contact with the child whilst at the change table.
  • Remove child’s nappy and any soiled clothes.
  • Clean child’s bottom with a wipe, wiping from front to back. If a gloved is solved during the change, peel back and put a clean glove on.
  • Place the wet nappy in the nappy bin provided. Place soiled nappy in a nappy bag before placing it into the main bin outside.
  • Peel back gloves from the wrist and place into bin.
  • Put on a clean nappy in from the child’s nappy locker.
  • Dress the child and clean the child’s hands with a wipe before removing child from the area.
  • After each nappy change, wipe the change table using neutral detergent and paper towel. Place the paper towel into the bin.
  • Wash hands after each nappy change using correct hand washing procedure.
  • No smelly nappies should be kept in the bin, instead assistants are required to take out the bag after every change.

Toileting Children

Bedayati Nursery promotes independent toileting for all children who are 3 years old and over.

Children are encouraged to ask a member of a staff if they need to use the toilet. This arrangement enables toileting to be more closely monitored by staff who are then on hand to supervise hand washing afterwards.

  • Help children use the toilet.
  • Help the children wash their hands.
  • Ask parents to supply a clean change of clothing.
  • Place soiled clothes in a plastic bag for parents to take home at the end of the day.
  • Place bag with soiled clothes in a secure place out of reach of children
  • Wash your own hands thoroughly.