Intimate Care Policy and Potty/toilet policy
The aims of this policy are :
- To promote communication practitioners and parents/carers
- To support childrens’ health, development and wellbeing
- To have full regard for the safeguarding and welfare requirements of the EYFS and the Equalities Act 2010
- To ensure equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice so that every child is included and not disadvantaged because of ethnicity, culture or religion, home language, family back ground , learning difficulties or disabilities, gender or ability.
Children will not be refused admission due to any continence difficulties, we will offer a care plan to ensure individual needs are met.
Families cultural preferences will be taken into account.
Parents will not be expected to come in to change nappies or deal with accidents.
In the event that a child wets or soils themselves at Playbox we will ensure that :-
- Staff will change nappies and /or clothing in a calm manner when necessary
- We liaise with parents/carers as appropriate
- Staff have appropriate information and training, dealing with the needs of the child discretely
- We have a safe and suitable area in which to support the child, respecting their privacy whilst adhering to appropriate safeguarding procedures.
- Children’s privacy is respected whilst also ensuring staff members remain visible.
- Staff have enhanced DBS checks to support the safeguarding of all the children in our care
Our procedures and practice are reviewed annually
To minimise the risk of infection staff members will :-
- Wear disposable gloves while dealing with the incident and dispose of these appropriately.
- Soiled nappies will be wrapped and disposed in an appropriate way.
- Soiled clothing will be wrapped for parents /carers collection.
Water and liquid soap will be used to wash child’s and staff members hand s after intimate care has taken place and paper towels used to dry hands.
When a parent/carer tells us they are potty /toilet training we will :-
- Actively encourage the use of the potty/toilet after consultation with parents/carers , by taking the child at regular intervals during the session, helping the child learn what they needto do.
- This will be recorded on a daily chart
- Staff will be alert to any signs of constipation and inform Parents/carers so they can seek medical help as unresolved issues can lead to a delay in toilet training.
- Signpost parents/carers to sources of help and support about bladder, bowel and potty training issues ( www.eric.org.uk and ERICS helpline 08453708008
Parents/carers will be asked to provide an adequate supply of nappies, wipes and nappy sacks and a change of clothes in a named bag.
This policy was reviewed & updated at a meeting of The Playbox committee held on 25th January 2023
Signed Chairperson: Jane Sharp