Pre-school education consists of • In order to meet the 2015nurseries and kindergartens that Millennium Developmentcater to children aged 3-6. This Goals (MDGs) forlevel of education is not Education, particularly MDGcompulsory. 2 to achieve universal primary education, and the objectives Preschool education is optional of Education for All (EFA),for children 3 to 4 years old; some the inclusion of preschool,private organizations and some currently knownpublic schools offer nursery, as Kindergarten in the basickindergarten and preparatory education cycle, making it freeclasses. This is not prerequisite for and compulsory.entrance to grade one for theelementary level but most of the • no child shall be admitted toprivate schools require preschool ofkindergarten education before Grade 1 without having attendedadmission. at least one year of preschool.
Pre-school education at the kindergarten level must aim todevelop children in all aspects (physical, social, emotional, andcognitive) so that they will be better prepared to adjust and copewith life situations and the demands of formal schooling; and tomaximize the children’s potential through a variety of carefullyselected and meaningful experiences considering their interestsand capabilities.
• The universal Kindergarten Education will preparephysically, socially, emotionally and mentally all the five(5)-year old children for formal schooling; hence,increasing the childrens chance of surviving andcompleting formal schooling, reducing dropout incidence,and ensuring better school performance.
• Big enrolment 2.5 million kindergartenchildren by S.Y. 2011-2012• 27,000 new items are needed forkindergarten teachers.• unfilled shortages of pre-school classroomsand facilities• insufficient instructional materials
• Department of Education will get the biggest slice ofP238.8 billion or 15.2% higher than the currentbudget of P207.3 billion. (2012 National Budget)• P1 billion from the Department of Educationscapital outlay to the maintenance and other operatingexpenses of the kindergarten program and for hiringadditional teachers• implementing contract of service• engage the private sector and other communitystakeholders to upgrade the quality of the publicschool system.