Supernanny star, Jo Frost, has help for parents who are sending their children to school without toilet training.
Teachers say parents are sending their children to school without potty training basics.
“It is not a teacher’s job to potty train your kid, it’s not,” Frost told Mamamia.
“However, there is the grey area for those families that are dealing with medical conditions,” she added.
The parenting expert, who is heading to Australia for a tour in June, said there is no reason why children with good language skills shouldn’t be potty trained and ready for school.
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“When you are looking at children who are five and six and are ticking off all the boxes confidently, I can see why teachers would be questioning why children are not being potty trained,” she said.
“It is a parent’s responsibility.”
Former kindergarten teacher, Chloe*, said time was wasted on toilet training instead of learning in her class.
Around half of the 20 children in her Western Sydney kindy class weren't toilet trained.
"For the first term of school we'd have to take toilet breaks at different intervals throughout the day to cater for the children who hadn't been toilet trained," she said.
"This involved us leaving the classroom, going to the boy's toilet and allowing them all to go, then the same for the girl's toilet. This would take around 20 minutes at various times during the day as many couldn't hold on for recess or lunch.