I work in a Preschool with children who are (mostly) 3 years old at the moment. We have just had a child make the transition from our Toddler room to our Preschool room. Unfortunately the child's father is very... pushy. He seems to think his child is leaps and bounds ahead of the other children, when in reality, they aren't. Today the father came to pick up his child and questioned whether we are doing anything in the way of spelling and reading. Unfortunately we have to tread very carefully when speaking with him as he can be very manipulative and rude so his question did take me by surprise a little. I told him that today we have had some new books delivered that are specifically designed to aid speech and language (which is true and we are currently looking into buying some more) but then the child's father continued to ask about spelling. May I add that the child cannot even write their own name yet, let alone read and spell! What I'd like to know is - should I be planning activities based around spelling and reading for 3 year olds? Especially in the first term of the academic year?!