Our Story

Several years ago in the 1980s, a mother was woken up by her daughter one morning. The pre-schooler was dressed in her uniform and looked excited at the prospect of going to school. But it was a weekend and the school was closed on weekends. 

 

The mother was the EtonHouse Founder, Mrs. Ng Gim Choo and the pre-schooler was E-Ching. The family was living in London. When they first moved there from Singapore, Mrs. Ng  was worried about how her 2-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter were going to adjust to their new schools, the language, routines and cultural context.  

 

To the parents’ delight, the children settled in far more quickly than expected. The children would come home and excitedly talk about what they learnt at school and the friends they’d made. More importantly, Mrs Ng was impressed by how her children loved going to school, to the point of wanting to be there even on a weekend! It was clear to her that the British Pre-School system offered a far more stimulating experience than what was available in Singapore at that time. 

 

When she returned to Singapore, she was determined to create a similar learning environment where children developed an insatiable appetite for learning and loved being in school. Her vision was inspired by pedagogical approaches from around the world. After much research and planning, EtonHouse opened its first Pre-School at Broadrick Road. 

 

This was not an easy feat, and definitely not one that Mrs Ng could have achieved alone. From the very beginning, EtonHouse’s unprecedented approach to nurturing children has only been possible thanks to passionate educators who are dedicated to the continual development of their students. The staff are motivated to see the world through each student’s eyes, identify his or her strengths and tailor learning experiences. 

 

EtonHouse Broadrick was a success. The school was well received by parents — one of the most common comments was that their children would ask to go to school on weekends. Spurred on by each child’s breakthrough, EtonHouse gradually grew from a humble Pre-School into an international education group with over 120 schools in 12 countries. While it was founded upon early education, EtonHouse International Education Group now also offers a through train K-12 education pathway. It has even extended its reach with the founding of E-Bridge Pre-Schools, part of the Singapore Government’s Anchor Operator Scheme and Middleton International School, which provides affordable and high quality education from pre-school to high school

Milestones & Awards

2020

  • EtonHouse celebrates its 25th anniversary 
  • Launch of The Eton Academy
  • EtonHouse Orchard gets its IB Diploma authorisation
  • Launch of eBooksA New Virus has Arrived, The Language of Kindness, Super Sleuths
  • Launch of EtonHouse Heritage and Academic scholarships
  • Launch of commemorative book 25 Tales – The Story of EtonHouse
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2019

  • The first REACH (Reggio Emilia in Asia for Children) conference held in Chengdu, China. It was attended by more than 520 delegates across Asia
  • EtonHouse Community Fund received the Community Cares Award at the Volunteer and Partner Awards 2019 held by Singapore’s Ministry of Social and Family Development
  • EtonHouse Community Fund partnered with KKH Health Fund (KKHHF) to support children with diabetes 
  • Founder and Managing Director, Mrs Ng Gim Choo, won EY Entrepreneur of the Year in the Education category, an annual awards program that honours Singapore’s top entrepreneurs for their contributions to the economy and society
  • E-Bridge Pre-School received three awards from Singapore’s Early Childhood Development Agency, including the “Outstanding Centre for Teaching and Learning” Award
  • E-Bridge Pre-School opens second large childcare centre for 600 children
  • First Middleton International opens in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • EtonHouse Zhong Hua students were the youngest group to have performed at the Singapore Youth Opera Showcase
  • EtonHouse International School and Oxford Summer Courses formed an exclusive partnership to offer scholarships to EtonHouse students in Oxford and Cambridge
  • First mindfulness programme in the Singapore Girls’ Home, launched by EtonHouse Community Fund (ECF), enhances emotional well-being of youth
  • More than $300,000 was raised at the EtonHouse Community Fund Charity Walk and Fun Fair 2019
  • EtonHouse Orchard celebrated its first A* Cambridge IGCSE grade 

2018

  • EtonHouse International School Foshan received authorization as a Cambridge International School
  • First campus in Shenzhen, China opens, making it the 40th EtonHouse campus in China
  • First K-12 EtonHouse campus in Singapore in the heart of Orchard
  • Second Middleton campus opens in Singapore with a capacity of 1000 students
  • EtonHouse Community Fund (ECF) receives IPC Status
  • Play library and creative languages programme launched by EtonHouse Community Fund (ECF)
  • First trilingual Reggio Conference in Singapore, organised by Reggio Emilia in Asia for Children, supported and sponsored by EtonHouse
  • EtonHouse Pre-School Vanda becomes an official member of WWF-Singapore

 

2017

  • First campus in Bahrain
  • Middleton International School launched in Singapore, providing international education at affordable fees
  • EtonHouse Zhong Hua Pre-School opened, becoming Singapore’s first 100% Chinese immersion child care centre
  • Opened the first primary school on Sentosa Island in Singapore

 

2016

  • E-Bridge Pre-School opens first large childcare centre in Singapore
  • 3 EtonHouse schools receive IB PYP authorisation: 718 Mountbatten in Singapore, Chengdu Times Residence in China, and EtonHouse Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)
  • 3 EtonHouse campuses receive the NParks Community in Bloom Award – EtonHouse Vanda, 223 Mountbatten, 717 Mountbatten
  • EtonHouse International School Suzhou received IB Diploma Authorisation
  • EtonHouse Thomson launched International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme for students up to the age of 12
  • First campus in Foshan, Guangzhou

 

2015

  • Launched EtonHouse Community Fund, a Registered Charity in Singapore committed to advancing education among children from underprivileged backgrounds
  • ECDA Early Childhood Innovation Award (Distinction) 2015 awarded to EtonHouse 223 Mountbatten
  • Four new campuses in Singapore – Sentosa, Robertson Walk, 215 Upper Bukit Timah and 681 Bukit Timah
  • Two new campuses in China – Changshu, Shanghai South Pudong
  • First campus in Kazakhstan

 

2014

  • Commenced operations in Hong Kong
  • Four new campuses in China – Henan, Xuzhou, Changsha, Zhuhai Horizon Cove
  • Appointed by the Government of Singapore to launch E-Bridge Pre-Schools under the Anchor Operator Scheme
  • Outstanding Centre for Teaching and Learning 2014 from Singapore’s Early Childhood Development Agency awarded to EtonHouse Vanda
  • CHERISH (Championing Efforts Resulting in Improved School Health) Junior Award by Singapore’s Health Promotion Board and Ministry of Education awarded to EtonHouse 223 Mountbatten
  • Healthy Eating in Child Care Centres Programme (HECCP) Award from Singapore’s Health Promotion Board awarded to EtonHouse 717 Mountbatten
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2013

  • Signed agreement with Reggio Children to launch REACH (Reggio Emilia in Asia for Children), becoming the first organisation in Asia to represent Reggio Children
  • EtonHouse International School, Nanjing became fully authorised as an International Baccalaureate World School for Primary Years
  • Founder and Managing Director, Mrs Ng Gim Choo received the “Active Participant of Foreign Affairs” award from the Mayor of Yiwu in China
  • Opened the second Hampton Pre-School in Singapore
  • Opened first campuses in Cambodia and Vietnam
  • Three new campuses in China –Suzhou Baitang, Shanghai, and a third campus in Chengdu
  • Healthy Eating in Child Care Centres Programme Award by Singapore’s Health Promotion Board awarded to EtonHouse Outram

 

2012

  • Won the “Outstanding Early Childhood Leader”, “Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher” and “The Early Childhood Innovation” awards from Singapore’s Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (now known as MCCY)
  • EtonHouse 764 Mountbatten  won the Community in Bloom Award (Platinum) by Singapore’s National Parks Board
  • EtonHouse Vanda won the CHERISH (Championing Efforts Resulting in Improved School Health) Junior Award by Singapore’s Ministry of Education and the Health Promotion Board
  • EtonHouse campuses at 764 Mountbatten Road, Outram and Broadrick Road awarded the Healthy Eating in Child Care Centres Programme by Singapore’s Health Promotion Board
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2011

  • Founder and Managing Director, Mrs Ng Gim Choo, received the Jiangsu Friendship Award, the highest award that the Jiangsu Provincial People’s Government has established for foreign experts
  • Won the Outstanding Early Childhood Leader award from Singapore’s Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (now known as MCCY)

 

2010

  • The two pre-schools at Orchard (now moved to Thomson) and Newton in Singapore became the first stand-alone pre-schools to receive the International Baccalaureate (IB) World School status
  • EtonHouse schools open in Korea, Japan, Malaysia

 

2009

  • First private pre-school operator to start a campus – Hampton Pre-School in collaboration with PAP Community Foundation
  • Founder and Managing Director, Mrs Ng Gim Choo, became the first Singaporean woman to receive the Freedom of the City of London award for her contribution to international education
  • Launched VIVERO and SERRA International Pre-Schools in India together with the Edvance Group in Mumbai

 

2008

  • Opens first school in Indonesia in Jakarta

 

2004

  • EtonHouse International School at Broadrick was awarded the International Baccalaureate (IB) World School status
  • Founder and Managing Director, Mrs Ng Gim Choo was named Woman of Benevolence (爱心使者) by Suzhou City in China for her contributions towards the community and promotion of cultural practices

 

2003

  • First foray into China with EtonHouse International School Suzhou

 

1995

  • The first EtonHouse school was opened at 51 Broadrick Road in Singapore

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