Regular and frequent diaper changing is part of the everyday routine at First Circle. We strictly follow the requirements and guidelines for safety and sanitation from the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and the Department of Public Health (DPH). The step-by-step procedure posted over every changing table must be followed without exception [see Appendix].
Diapering is an important opportunity for one-on-one interaction and for modeling language, learning about self-care and personal hygiene, and building trust between caregiver and child. We encourage children to participate by lifting their legs and bottom, holding their feet, holding the diaper in place, and then progressing to pulling pants up or down, and washing/drying their hands.
Families provide diapering supplies, including diapers, wipes, creams, and ointments as desired. Due to aspiration and irritation risks, we do not allow talcum powder or cornstarch. If a child experiences diaper rash, we suggest to parents an over-the-counter diaper cream or petroleum jelly. Please note, as required by EEC [see Health & Safety section]: