It’s time to talk about one of the least glamorous but super important things-to-know around here: potty doodie. The first thing to know is that it’s only for cleared adult volunteers. If that’s you, here’s how to do potty duty without breaking the cardinal rule of Kids’ Club: Never, ever be alone with a kid.
First, leave the door open. And make sure it’s open far enough to give another volunteer in the room a clear view. If a kid insists on closing it, we can insist on standing outside until they’re done.
If a kid has to “go” during Large Group, it may mean taking them to a separate room. So you’re never alone with a kid, either leave both the Large Group door AND the bathroom door ajar, OR ask another volunteer to accompany you to the bathroom. Basically, if you’re assisting kids in the bathroom, be in view of another volunteer.
After the kid uses the bathroom, they’ve gotta wash their hands. That’s an important part of keeping Kids’ Club as germ-free as possible. And this may go without saying, but we’ve gotta wash our hands too.
Of course, sometimes accidents happen. This could be embarrassing for the kid, so let them know it’s ok. In fact, we keep extra clothes around just for this!
Then use the phone in your room to call for a change of clothes–or flag a person with a headset. You’ll be asked for the age, gender and size of the kid who needs it; then someone will deliver new clothes in a ziploc bag with a note to parents. Whatever is wet..or worse… goes in the bag to give to take home. After that, it’s hand-washing time again!
And that’s it! Thanks for taking the time to find out how to do potty duty right. It’s vital to making kids feel safe and cared for. So next time you get to do potty duty, remember you’re getting to serve kids in a selfless way, which is how Jesus served us. And anytime you’d like a little levity and a quick refresher course, check out the Kids’ Club Potty Party song at CrossroadsKidsClub.net.!
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