are changing tables state mandated?

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  1. Love2shop

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    Nov 16, 2006

    Just a question about changing tables?? I teach a preschool disabled class in a public school that is in NJ. I have a mix of disabilities (some are not potty trained) and I have NO chaining table. We use an extra mat and lay it on the floor in the bathroom. It gets the job done, but kills our knees. I just wanted to know if the state required I have one, no one at the school seems to know or cares to know.

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  3. Joyride

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    That's really strange that they don't care to know. I know that there are very specific diaper changing requirements, but I'm not sure what kind of surface it has to be. Look on the DCFS website
     
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    perhaps if some of the kids are disabled getting them up on a changing table would be hard or dangerous??? But since I don't know laws like tha I don't know.
     
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    Not mandated here, just a mat like you said that can be wiped and sanitized. Whenever I have a child over 2 in diapers, I change them standing up. Much more easier and less germs spread. Unless they have a poopy diaper, then I use a changing pad. I also hate lifting heavy kids onto a changing table. There's really no win-win situation unless you're dealing with babies. As far as in NJ, I don't know but I find it disturbing that your boss wouldn't know. Is this in a public school or state licensed facility. If it's in a public school then they have a different set of rules to follow.
     
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    We have to have a changing table until all are potty trained.
     
  7. Love2shop

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    Joyride, thanks I will check out the DCFS site.
     
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    I would say a changing table that they can walk up on and they do make them would make it easier on your back. You think your knees hurt now if you changed to a table your back would be hurting.

    We use a changing pad if needed and sanitize it after the change. currently I have no one who is not potty trained. At nap they put their own pull ups on and off.
     
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    I teach 2's in a church affiliated pre-school. We have a rickety old changing table that is in the infant Sunday school room. We don't use it for our 2's pre-school. We use an extra nap mat and we wipe it down with Clorox wipes after use. I find it easier, actually, than lifting heavy 2 year olds onto a changing table.
     
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    In PA we just had a mat for our 2 1/2 - 3 yr old class. Most of the time I changed diapers with the child standing up. We had no changing table for the kids over age 2.
     

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