Taking care of themselves (toilet training and getting dressed)

Self-care for children includes things like potty training and being able to dress and undress. These are important skills to have when starting school as children will be expected to:

  • wear pants to school and know when they need the toilet
  • go to the toilet by themselves
  • dress and undress themselves after going to the toilet or taking part in a P.E. or games lesson
  • put their own shoes and coat on

Tips for toilet training

Help explain potty training to your toddler with Pirate Pete and Princess Polly

The NHS website (opens in a new window), has lots of information about potty training including when and how to start it, using pull-ups, night-time potty training and using the toilet instead of a potty. This includes further information to tackle specific problems (opens in a new window) that you may be experiencing.

Other information and tips may be found on the ERIC website (opens in a new window) and Institute of Health Visiting website (opens in a new window)

If you need any further support and advice around toilet training, please contact your local health visiting or public health nursing team (opens in a new window)

Free online parent guides are available for parents living in Worcestershire and provide interactive activities, quizzes, video clips and practical hand-outs that focus on the parent-child relationship.

Tips for teaching children to dress themselves

Teaching your child to dress themselves can start from a young age and develops from children holding their arms up to put a t-shirt on, to putting their own socks on and doing zips and buttons. It might be a good idea to give your child shoes that they can do up themselves (e.g. shoes with Velcro instead of laces or buckles). An article on the Firstcry Parenting website (opens in a new window) gives tips on how to teach your child to dress themselves.