Integrated Inquire.Think.Learn Curriculum
EtonHouse Vanda believes the features of an effective high-quality early childhood education program must include:
- The child as central to all decision making and planning
- The pedagogical consideration of listening to children
- Positive, respectful, reciprocal relationships between children, parents and staff
- The integration of knowledge, skills, dispositions and attitudes
- Proactive social justice strategies
- Play as the central mode of learning and development for the youngest children
- Intellectually, socially and emotionally satisfying experiences
- The active participation of families
- A responsive and well-resourced physical environment
With the right focus, we have created a flexible and interactive curriculum for the children that challenges them to become more independent in doing everyday things and always curious about their environment.
At EtonHouse Vanda, we have introduced ZhongHua Mandarin Immersion which has been popular with our EtonHouse families at Zhong Hua, Robertson Walk, Mountbatten 718 and Newton. Pre-Nursery and Nursery 1 children will experience a 100% Mandarin inquiry-based curriculum. ZhongHua Mandarin Immersion aims to cultivate fluency in the Chinese language and increase multicultural awareness. Children will build an understanding, acceptance and respect of other languages and cultures while developing knowledge, appreciation and sensitivity to different cultures.
In the younger years, we focus on acquiring listening and speaking skills. As the children get older, we build up sentence structure, vocabulary, and eventually, reading and writing. This is achieved naturally through our inquiry-based approach as children get accustomed to thinking and communicating in Mandarin across all domains such as arts, numeracy, and play.
How does the Pre-Nursery programme look like?
Pre-Nursery is designed for toddlers from 18 months onwards. This group of children enjoys the freedom of being independent because they are walking and probably running. They have also started to walk up and down the stairs with or without help. We believe that toddlers are capable of constructing their own learning. Teachers are always observing what they know, what they are curious about and what challenges them. As their co-creators, the teachers will invite the toddlers to explore various experiences to nurture their curiosity and bring about a deeper connection to what they have already known.