Early childhood education here in the Philippines start at as early as 3 years old, children who are 3 years of age are enrolled in a "school", left in the hands of a "teacher" while the parents work. You may wonder, "Why the use of quotation marks?". The thing is, these schools should not be teaching YET. The child''s rights as according to our laws is to be free to play and the school''s main purpose is to provide a place for them to be free to do so while "learning" to socialize with other children and therefore slowly getting the children ready to the environment of the classroom while the parents are off to work. But in our haste to uphold the quality of education here in the Philippines we have forgotten the essentials that we have been taught in our early days in college. It would do well for us to remember that there is a law of readiness in teaching and we should practice this. We should NOT be teaching three-year-olds to read and write, we SHOULD let them play to their heart''s content, they should socialize with children of their age, be given the food that the parents let for them, be nurtured and nourished, be made to feel as if they are in their own homes, feel secure and safe, and comfortable upon arriving and departing.