Another approach is to consider the toilet rooms as "stalls" with manuvering
Toilets and toileting are major issues in childcare centers. Children be-
room located directly outside the toilet room door.
come "toilet trained" within a broad range of age, but at an average age of
If the tank height or the flush valve prevent the placement of a grab bar
2-1/2. Before this time they are diapered. Until the age of 5 or 6, toilets
over a fixture, a 610 mm grab bar may be placed offset to the wide side
are an extension of the classroom, where children learn proper health
habits. Therefore, properly designed centers have toilets directly acces-
sible to the classroom, not gang toilets as used in elementary schools.
The most pressing problem in childcare design is the application of the
Typically not used in child care.
regulations to every toilet room. BOCA Code states that non-required
bathrooms designed for children's use are not required to be accessible.
Generally toilet rooms will be located between two classrooms. The
graphic below shows a design solution that provides an accessible toilet
and two non-accessible toilets.
PBS-140 - July 2003