No time for toilet-training, Aussie kids trotting off to school in nappies! (Re-issue)

July 6th, 2008 - 10:16 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, July 6 (ANI): More and more kids in Australia are being sent to school in nappies, as parents are not willing to toilet-train them.

With the introduction of the prep year, children as young as 41/2 are starting full-time schooling, which has led to the explosion in nappies in the classroom.

With the demands from teachers’ groups that nappy-wearing children be banned from attending school, Education Queensland has been compelled to drawing up a toilet-training fact sheet.

Teachers believe the increasing use of full-time day care also has promoted a culture where it is normal for three and even four-year-olds to wear nappies and most of the kids are given toilet training between two and three years.

Parents and Citizens Council said it was an issue affecting “dozens” of prep classes in the state, and it had been inundated with complaints from parents.

State School Principals Association president Norm Hart has written to Education Queensland, citing concerns that the problem could result in litigation - with teachers possibly accused of molestation.

“Toilet training is a parental responsibility and not something that should be taught at school,” quoted Hart, as saying.

“There are increasing concerns for staff members about the risk of litigation that may arise from toileting, washing and dressing students,” he added.

Parents and Citizens Council president Margaret Black said: “How parents choose to toilet-train their children is up to them, but they need to train them before they get to school.

“Other children do notice if a child is wearing a nappy and they will tease someone for it,” she added. (ANI)

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