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Rise in Western Australia in number of kids starting school without toilet training

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Teachers are distressed by a ‘heartbreaking’ rise in the number of children starting school without being toilet trained.

Pupils in Year 1 aged as old as six are turning up to school in nappies without basic toileting skills as well as children in pre-school, according to education bosses in Western Australia.

Kindergarten teachers also reported a rise in children wearing nappy pants or ‘pull-ups’ to classes because they have yet to be trained how to go to the toilet.

Teachers in Western Australia have reported a rise in the number of children starting school without being toilet trained (stock image)

Teachers in Western Australia have reported a rise in the number of children starting school without being toilet trained (stock image)

The State School Teachers Union of WA said an increasing number of teachers were complaining about pupils who lack toilet training.

‘What is heartbreaking is the emotional damage done to little children’s self-esteem at a time when they are developing friendships and learning interpersonal socialisation,’ one teacher told The West Australian.  

Continence experts say children should be toilet trained by the time they are three years old.

But WA Primary Principals Association president Ian Anderson said teachers were noticing an alarming number of children sitting in school all day in soiled nappies.

‘It’s absolutely terrible for a child to be sitting there either in wet or soiled pull-ups for the day,’ he said.

‘Don’t just put them in pull-ups and think that’s the problem fixed.’

Children should be toilet trained by the time they are three-years-old according to experts but industry leaders have noticed an alarming number of children sitting in school all day in soiled nappies (stock image)

Children should be toilet trained by the time they are three-years-old according to experts but industry leaders have noticed an alarming number of children sitting in school all day in soiled nappies (stock image)

Research published in 2018 found teachers waste more than a million hours of lesson time a year toilet training primary pupils.

A survey found a fifth of staff in the UK spend up to 30 minutes a week dealing with basic hygiene issues that haven’t been taught at home. 

Continence Foundation of Australia physiotherapist Dr Janet Chase said children born 30 years ago on average spent a year less being toilet trained than those born today.  

This post was first published on DailyMail.

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