Our Philosophy

Best practice in education that supports a child focused learning and teaching environment.

EtonHouse has developed its philosophy based on research and internationally accredited best practice in education that supports a child focused learning and teaching environment. At EtonHouse, we aim to develop each child into a well-balanced individual through engaging environments that support children’s curiosity and wonder; that engage children and that offer them a wide range of materials to work in purposefully designed learning areas. Every child should acquire social skills and the confidence to communicate freely and easily with both adults and peers. EtonHouse has been established to provide a happy, relaxed and safe environment that contributes to the development of the whole person. Our excellent staff- to-child ratio is a vital factor in the success of our programmes. We offer children a multi-dimensional programme with many diverse and spontaneous learning opportunities. We provide an environment in which children grow in independence and take responsibility for their own learning.

Our Framework

Inquire-Think-Learn Curriculum Framework

The EtonHouse Inquire-Think-Learn Curriculum Framework has been developed to support teachers in responding to a learning context of the 21st century … a time of rapid change where “learning how to learn”, creativity and critical thinking must be the focus of a quality early childhood programme. As early childhood educators we do not just work with academic content (number, reading and writing). We aim to support the holistic development of the learner, that is their physical, emotional, social, intellectual, creative and language development. There are 8 big ideas that underpin the EtonHouse Inquire-Think-Learn curriculum framework. These are:

 

  • an image of the child as competent. Children are respected as strong and competent learners, curious and interested in their world and who are acknowledged as sophisticated thinkers and communicators
  • an understanding that play and conversation are the central modes of learning
  • a recognition that the curriculum has research-based intellectual and pedagogical integrity
  • the importance of seeing the learner within a socio-cultural context where knowledge is constructed as the child interacts with both the physical and interpersonal environment
  • the ongoing commitment by educators to view themselves as researchers who work with colleagues, children and families, to deepen their own understanding of their teaching
  • the facilitation of flexible environments that recognise that children learn not only from their teachers and peers but also from their interactions with the physical environment
  • a demonstration as educators of accountability for children’s learning through reflective pedagogical documentation.
  • the establishment of a reciprocal partnership with parents, recognizing them as the child’s first educator

 

As part of this inquiry based learning approach, young children at EtonHouse are respected as competent thinkers and communicators who are offered many opportunities to engage with a range of materials and resources that extend and challenge their thinking.