Matthew 19:14 (NIV)

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”



Successfully learning to use the potty is a major accomplishment for young children, patience and praise from adults is an extremely important component to their healthy emotional and physical development. Good communication, appropriate expectations, and a consistent plan on the part of the parents and caregivers make it easier to support this process and is the surest route to success!

Play is simple and at the same time complex. We know play comes naturally to a child, yet what is happening to shape and mold a child’s development is amazing. No matter where your child is developmentally, play is an important part of adjusting to new skills and people.

Signs of readiness (when to start:)

  • Child knows he/she has to go “potty”
  • Child stays dry for a few hours, or wakes from sleep dry
  • Child lets you know when he/she is wet or soiled
  • Child can pull pants up and down
  • Child can follow simple directions
  • Child understands what “pee, poop, dry, wet, potty” mean
  • Child wants to do things by herself/himself
  • Child can tell you she/he has to go to the bathroom


Pull ups are great for naps and bedtime. However, children learn quickly that it is just like a diaper, and may use it as such.

Things to Avoid

Beginning during a stressful time or period of change in the family (moving, new baby, etc.), pushing your child too fast, and punishing mistakes (treat accidents and mistakes lightly). Be sure to go at your child's pace and show strong encouragement and praise when they are successful.

Contact Info

Village Church Preschool
6225 Paseo Delicias
PO Box 704
Rancho Santa Fe, CA  92067
Phone: (858) 756-2394
License #372000619
Tax ID # 95-6006164

Preschool Information

  • The Village Church Preschool is a program of the Village Community Presbyterian Church and is licensed by the state of California.
  • Our Preschool is operated on a non discriminatory basis: equal treatment and access to services without regard to race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry.
  • We believe as Christians in the worth of every individual and accept each child as he/she is.