A primary school head teacher has hit the headlines after writing to parents to ask them to stop letting their children urinate in the playground after school.
Kay Church, the headteacher of Hannah More Infant School and Grove Junior School in Nailsea, Somerset addressed the issue in a newsletter with the following:
"Sadly it has been brought to my attention that at the end of the school day a small number of pupils are allowed by parents to urinate in the school playground.
"Clearly this is totally unacceptable behaviour particularly as all pupils and families know where the toilets are in school."
The issue will be discussed by the school's governing body this week, and the chairwoman of governors Ann Tonkin told the Daily Mail:
"This type of behaviour is unacceptable in what is a public place. Not only that but it is very unhygienic if children are urinating in areas where other children play. If an adult was to behave in the same way in a public place there would be consequences. Parents need to ensure that they teach their children that it is not acceptable to urinate in a public place.
"There are plenty of toilets in the school building for children to use. Staff would be more than happy for a child to come back into the school after lessons finish to use these facilities if they needed to.
"There are some occasions when parents have to deal with a child who needs the toilet in an emergency when there are no facilities nearby. This however, in this case, is not the situation. There is no reason for a child to have to urinate in the playground."
Small children do have trouble giving enough warning and holding it in, and emergencies do occur where there is no loo around, but this was within the school grounds where they could access toilets easily. Is it ever acceptable to let your children pee in a public place? What do you think about the parents behaviour and the head's response? Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page.