Early Years


EtonHouse values the uniqueness of each child as both a gift and an opportunity.


This uniqueness is supported and enhanced by a learning environment that is respectful of the socio-cultural context of the child as he or she seeks to make meaning of the world around him or her.

EtonHouse provides a curriculum that best represents 21st century pedagogical thinking from around the world.


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, creativity and critical thinking must be the focus of a quality early childhood programme.

As early childhood educators, we do not only work with academic content (number, reading and writing). We aim to support the holistic development of the learner – 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 learners. Children are respected as competent, curious, interested in their world and 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 understanding of their teaching
  • The facilitation in 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.

This page was last edited on March 17, 2016