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Sexuality Education Policy Statement
Authors: Jessica Dunn with Judith A. Myers-Walls, Ph.D., CFLE

The following are possible items to include in a sexuality policy statement that childcare providers could distribute to their families.

These policies are recommended:
      • We use the correct words for body parts, such as "penis," "vulva," "vagina." Please tell us what other terms you
        use at home so that we can understand the child. We will not correct children for using other words, but we will
        teach them the correct word.
      • If children ask questions about sex, we will answer them. We will start by asking the child what he or she
        already knows. We will give answers that fit the child's age. We will report to the parents if any unusual
        discussions take place.
      • Please tell us if there are any topics you do not want us to discuss with your child.
      • We try to help children be comfortable with their bodies. We will not say that any body part is bad or nasty.
      • We teach children that there are some things they should not do with their bodies in front of other people.

Think about your setting. Choose the statement(s) below that are appropriate for you, or write your own.
     • Some activities will be planned that teach about some parts of sexual development, such as differences
       between boys and girls or the process of birth. Parents will be notified before these activities take place. If
       parents do not want their children to participate in these activities, an attempt will be made to provide alternate
       activities at that time.
     • Books and toys are provided that teach children about gender and sex.
     • Boys and girls might share the bathroom, but an adult will always be present.

Or, for a program that includes school-age children…
     • Boys and girls under age five might share the bathroom, but an adult will always be present. Beginning at age five (or
       six, or whatever), children will be given privacy in the bathroom, and only one sex will use the bathroom at a time.

Or…
     • When children are no longer in diapers, they will share the bathroom with children only of the same sex.




For more information, contact Judith A. Myers-Walls, PhD, CFLE at jmyerswa@purdue.edu

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