Teaching young children about body boundaries, both theirs and others, is crucial to a child’s growing sense of self, their confidence and how they should expect to be treated by others. A child growing up knowing they have a right to their own personal space, gives that child ownership and choices as to what happens to them and to their body. It is equally important a child understands, from a very young age, they need to respect another person’s body boundary and ask for their consent when entering their personal space. This book explores these concepts with children in a child-friendly and easily-understood manner, providing familiar scenarios for children to engage with and discuss. Also included are in-depth Discussion Questions for parents, caregivers and educators to further enhance the learning and to initiate important conversations around body boundaries, consent and respect. For children ages 4 to 10.
Jayneen Sanders (also known as Jay Dale) Jay (Jayneen) Sanders is an experienced primary school teacher, editor, author and publisher. She started her teaching career in the 1980s as a primary school teacher in rural Queensland. In her second year she was asked to lecturer to beginning teachers on creativity in teaching practice.
In 1984, Jay moved to Victoria and taught at a number of inner -city schools. In 1985, Jay had a change of career and became an educational editor for Longman Cheshire; and in 1989, she was employed by Macmillan as commissioning editor in the Primary division. Jay and her partner, Mark Sanders, moved to Japan in the early 90s and worked as English teachers for over three and a half years.
On returning to Australia in 1994, Jay and Mark established their own business, UpLoad Publishing (with the imprint Educate2Empower Publishing). Since that time, Jay has authored/packaged numerous titles for the educational publishing industry. She was one of three authors who wrote the overall structure for Nelson Maths for Victoria, (shortlisted for Australian Publishing Association Primary Textbook Series 2004) Nelson Maths and Nelson Maths for Victoria VELS edition (winner of Australian Publishing Association Primary Textbook series 2008). Jay was one of three authors who created the Nelson Numeracy Assessment Kit (winner of Australian Publishing Association Primary Teaching and Learning Package 2005 and the joint overall winner of Australian Publishing Association Educational Title of the Year 2005).
Jay is an accomplished children’s book author, writing a number of titles for Nelson’s literacy series PM Plus and Flying Colours. She has also written a number of children’s books including titles in Oxford’s humorous fiction series ZigZags, Funtastic’s series Totally Kidz, Macmillan’s non-fiction series Deadly and Incredible, and a children’s picture book series for Penguin.
During 2008 and 2009, and also during 2014 and 2015 Jay returned to teaching. That experience refreshed her understanding of issues facing children, teachers and parents. She is currently Lead Author (writing under the name of Jay Dale) for Engage Literacy published by Capstone Classroom and has written over 100 titles for that series.
Jay is most importantly a mother of three teenage girls and has been a school councillor at her local primary school for over seven years. This time spent in primary schools both as a teacher and a parent inspired her to ask the question of her community: ‘What are we doing in schools to empower children and protect them from inappropriate touch?’ When she realised very little was actually being done, she decided to use her authoring and publishing skills to write resources to help parents, carergivers and teachers to broach the subject of self-protection and to encourage children to speak up.
“Sensitive, yet straight to the point. Jayneen Sanders has written the perfect book to start critical conversations between parent and child about consent and respect.”
— Dr Justin Coulson PhD, parenting expert and author of ’21Days to a Happier Family’: www.justincoulson.com
“‘Let’s Talk About Body Boundaries, Consent and Respect’ is another wonderful book by Jayneen Sanders which mediates effective social and emotional learning. Jayneen is a writer who is dedicated to ensuring that the youngest children grow up to be inclusive, aware of boundaries, peaceful, respectful and empathetic. THINK EQUAL’s global education programme has curated 3 of her other books – for good reason: they are treasure troves of powerful learning which builds the foundations for our children in their early years, to ensure a safe, free and equal world.”
— LESLEE UDWIN | FOUNDER & CEO of THINK EQUAL ‘Empowering Change Through Education’ www.thinkequal.com | Director of the documentary film India’s Daughter
“What a brilliant book. The concepts of respect and consent are explained so clearly, with relevant examples for kids. My girls are 3 and 5 and they loved it and understood it well. Should be a mandatory topic in schools. Can’t recommend this book highly enough!”
— Dr Marnie Cumner, D.Psych. (Clinical Neuropsychology) MAPS, CCN Clinical Neuropsychologist
Bronze Award 2018 Juvenile Non-Fiction Books
Soft cover (Picture book)
Age range 4-10years