Whatever you say next, keep these things in mind…
5 to 8 is a great age for sex & relationships education – children are ready for more complicated concepts but aren’t too embarrassed to ask questions
You don’t have to say everything at once. Keep it to small chunks of clear information, says It Happens, who have learned through years of work in primary schools
If you keep your tone matter-of-fact, and use correct words for body parts, there’s no reason why this should be an awkward situation. But if you’re worried – practise with a partner
It can be fun to read a picture book like Where Willy Went or the myth-busting Mummy Laid An Egg
Elaborate on the language with older children but keep it simple. Be guided by the response from the child and put the explanation into the context of a loving and happy relationship
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More help with questions about babies from younger kids…
Remember: every child is different. Adjust these suggestions for the age and stage of your child. Children with special educational needs and disabilities, looked-after children and children who have experienced abuse may all need different support.
If you’re in doubt about your child’s emotional, physical or psychological development, please seek the advice of a professional