Caring for Our Children (CFOC)

Chapter 5: Facilities, Supplies, Equipment, and Environmental Health

5.4 Space and Equipment in Designated Areas

5.4.1 Toilet and Handwashing Areas Ability to Open Toilet Room Doors

Children should be able to easily open every toilet room door from the inside, and caregivers/teachers should be able to easily open toilet room doors from the outside if adult assistance is required.
Doors that can be opened easily will prevent entrapment.
Inside latches that children can easily manage will allow the child to ensure privacy when using the toilet. The latch or lock available for use, must be of a type that the staff can easily open from the outside in case a child requires adult assistance.
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