AS ECE PARTICIPATION INCREASES AND PARENTS LEAVE CHILDREN FOR LONGER HOURS IN THE CARE OF OTHERS, WHOSE JOB DOES BASIC CHILDCARE BECOME? AND ARE PARENTS WHO DON'T TOILET TRAIN THEIR CHILD LAZY OR PERHAPS ARE THEY NOT GETTING SUPPORT AND TIME TO PRACTISE PARENTING?
Brisbane. April, 2012 - Parents are dodging basic child-rearing responsibilities by dumping dirty and unfed children at Queensland early childhood centres.
Childcare workers have told The Sunday Mail of babies being dropped off in heavily soiled night-time nappies with no breakfast provided. Three-year-olds arrive with only jars of infant baby food to eat and parents are shirking basic bathing and toilet-training.
The Sunday Mail recently reported tens of thousands of parents were at risk of missing out on family tax payments because they failed to meet obligations to have preschoolers assessed for developmental delay. Toilet training is one area monitored.
An Australian survey "The Restraint Project UNSW: Toilet training in Australia 2010'' said children were wearing nappies for up to a year longer than previous generations, with only about half completing daytime toilet training by age three.
One seasoned kindergarten teacher said: "I have attended meetings where childcare staff told of children who hadn't had a bath for days.
"Parents are either too busy and/or their expectations of teachers' roles are very high,'' she said.
For more, see The Courier-Mail