Childcare centre rejects move to drop ‘sorry’ for children

IT'S a simple five-letter word that has sparked controversy and debate among parents and early childhood educators.

Saying "sorry" may be dumped at some early childhood centres across Australia because of a belief that children don't understand what it means.

What next?

Will we stop teaching children from saying please and thank you?

This is not a policy that Kookaburra Community Child Care Centre intends to adopt.

Kindergarten teacher Alyse Edmistone said children were capable of understanding why they say they're sorry and it was an important lesson to teach.

Young Cooper Mason and Stevie Brand know when it is important to say sorry and their teacher Alyse Edmistone encourages it.
Young Cooper Mason and Stevie Brand know when it is important to say sorry and their teacher Alyse Edmistone encourages it. Peter Holt

She said the school used positive reinforcement methods and taught their students about making "good choices" and what the consequences of a bad choice might be.

"It's good manners to say sorry - if you accidentally run into someone, you say sorry," Miss Edmistone said.

The simple phrase was an important way to make a child understand that they'd hurt someone's feelings and to make that injured child feel a bit better, she said.

"You may not take away their grazed knee but you're helping them feel acknowledged that they're hurt.

"They're interacting with other children independently. They have to be able to solve their own problems."

Should children be taught to say sorry?

This poll ended on 17 December 2013.

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