North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Health and Physical Development (HPD)

Subdomain: Self-Care

Goal: Children develop independence in caring for themselves and their environment.

Skill Progression: Toileting

Age: 33-36 Months

Click here to go to all skills for ages 33-36 Months.

Boys stay BM free during the day

Situations for Observation of Skill

Interview adult.

Elicitation Strategy

Ask adult about the child’s urinary and bowel habits.

Behavior Observed

98% of children are toilet trained by this age.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Early childhood educators and parents can encourage children to assume responsibility for bathroom care with little supervision.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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