SO SHOCKING: Primary school is forced to hire a nappy changer for kids who are NOT toilet-trained
This is shocking
Editor / April 15 2019
A public primary school has been forced to employ a nappy changer to deal with young students who aren't toilet trained, even though they are school.
Schools in Walsall, in England’s north-west, reported many of their students lacked basic skills including dressing themselves, holding a pencil, toilet-training and using cutlery when eating.
When education bosses talked to principals at around 80 primary schools in the area they were “shocked”, describing it as a “massive issue”.
Education representative Chris Towe said, "We’re talking about five-year-olds here, and it is not acceptable,” he said.
The UK’s educational standards office chief inspector, Amada Speilman, said the consequence of NOT toilet-training your child was that was that teachers then had to spend a lot of time helping them use the bathroom and did not have enough time to teach their class to read and write.
She said it was “difficult for teachers, disruptive for other children and a terrible social impact on the children affected”.
A study back in February suggested parents were too busy to potty train their children these days, and they assumed teachers would do it at pre-school.
The chief schools inspector warned many parents had given up responsibility for discipline, healthy eating and manners.
In December last year she said: “Schools cannot be expected to act as substitute parents or provide a panacea to all societal ills.
“They have more than enough to focus on.”
SIGNS YOUR CHILD IS READY TO TOILET TRAIN
While you may be keen to toilet train your child by a particular age, perhaps due to another baby being on the way for example, it’s best to look for signs of readiness. Most children will be ready at the age of two or three but some may take longer.
“There will come a point where you notice a change in your child’s behavior as she begins to recognize the need to go to the toilet,” says Richard Curtis, behavior expert and author of 101 Tips for Parents. “This is linked to a child’s cognition levels.”
Signs your child may be ready for toilet training include; being interested when you go to the loo - wanting to close the lid or flush the toilet; becoming aware of having a wet or soiled nappy – feeling uncomfortable and asking for it to be changed; hiding to wee or poo; waking up with a dry nappy after a nap.
Frances Sheen has been a magazine and website journalist & editor for the last 20 years - both in Australia and the UK. She's appeared on countless TV and radio shows to discuss parenting and launched her own social media parenting brand. She's the mum of two little girls and juggles that with a busy working life.