Statewide parents are sending their children to kindergarten without breakfast and with soiled nappies but not in the Rose City.
Statewide parents are sending their children to kindergarten without breakfast and with soiled nappies but not in the Rose City. Georja Ryan

Kindy kids' good start

WHILE city childcare centres have complained of parents who are lazy and dodge basic child-rearing duties, Warwick childcare centre directors said it was not happening here.

Big smoke childcare workers reported children arriving at day care without having breakfast, with heavily-soiled nappies and unhealthy snacks.

"We don't really see that sort of thing here," Goodstart Early Learning Warwick director Tracey Neilson said.

"Sometimes parents forget to pack their lunch boxes but there is nothing that's regularly happening."

C&K Community Kindergarten Warwick director Jenny Drewett agreed, saying most Rose City parents were generally good with their duties.

She said a strong focus was placed on nutrition, and parents were encouraged to pack their children a healthy lunch each day.

"Parents are all very familiar with this and we give them brochures and talk about healthy eating with them," Mrs Drewett said.

"If they don't bring their lunch, we don't have any food here for them so we would call their parents."

She said a child sent to kindergarten without sufficient breakfast meant the child would miss out on many learning and development opportunities.

"There is nothing worse than being hungry - even as an adult," Mrs Drewett said.

"If they have a good breakfast, they're able to play better, able to perform better and concentrate better.

"Not to mention the long-term benefit it has."

Despite the positive reaction from local child care directors, parents are still encouraged to ensure their child is always fed a sufficient breakfast, packed a healthy lunch, is bathed and wearing clean clothes, to keep them happy little vegemites.

What do you think? Email georja.ryan@warwickdailynews.com.au.



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