1.18 Nappy Changing

Promoting health and hygiene


1.18 Nappy changing


Policy statement


No child is 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 make necessary adjustments to our bathroom facilities and hygiene practice in order to accommodate children who are not yet toilet trained (i.e. steps, potties, changing mats etc).


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.




  • We keep a list of the children in our care who are in nappies or ‘pull-ups’. These children are checked regularly (ie. mid-morning, lunch time and mid-afternoon) and these timings are recorded.
  • Changing areas are warm and there are safe areas to lay young children if they need to have their nappies changed or checked. We have an ‘open door’ policy which is adhered to at all times. We respectfully ask other children not to ‘spectate’ to ensure privacy.
  • Children keep their own nappies/pull-ups in their own named bag.
  • Gloves and aprons are put on before nappy changing starts and the area is prepared. The mat is cleaned with a disposable wipe after each use.
  • All staff are familiar with the hygiene procedures and carry these out when changing nappies.
  • In addition, all staff ensure that nappy changing is relaxed and a time to promote independence in young children.
  • Young children are encouraged to take an interest in using the toilet.
  • They are encouraged to wash and dry their hands.
  • Staff are respectful and discrete when changing nappies.
  • Staff do not make inappropriate comments about young children’s bodies when changing their nappies
  • Older children access the toilet when they have the need to and are encouraged to be independent.
  • Nappies and ’pull ups’ are disposed of hygienically, ie. bagged and put in the nappy disposal unit. Pants that are wet or soiled are bagged for the parent to take home, or in some cases pants may be disposed of. Nappy change times are recorded at each session.


If young children are left in wet or soiled nappies/’pull ups’ in the setting this may constitute neglect and will be a disciplinary matter. Settings have a ‘duty of care’ towards children’s personal needs.


This policy was adopted at a meeting of Cullompton Pre-School name of setting
Held on 18th May 2011 (date)
Date to be reviewed May 2012 (date)
Signed on behalf of the management committee  

Emma Jones

Name of signatory Emma Jones
Role of signatory (e.g. chair/owner) Chairperson



This policy has an annual review period and, as such, will be reviewed and signed off at a management committee meeting of Cullompton Pre-School each year, as shown below.


This policy has been amended to a three yearly review period and, as such, will be reviewed and signed off at a management committee meeting of Cullompton Pre-School each year, as shown below.


Previously reviewed on:- 18th April 2012




Jo Fellows


Previously reviewed on:- 10th June 2013




Michael Hall


Previously reviewed on:-








Previously reviewed on:-










Reviewed by Staff on:


16th May 2016
Reviewed by Committee on:


13th June 2016
Date of next review:


June 2019
Signed on behalf of the Management



S Lush
Name of Signatory (printed):



Sarah Lush
Role of Signatory (e.g. Chairperson)