Frequently Asked Questions – Curriculum
What is a child-focused learning environment?
A child-focused learning environment is structured with a commitment to understanding how children learn and develop. Particular care is taken in planning learning environments to support young children’s construction of knowledge and understanding. Teachers work to create a concept rich classroom providing the tools, opportunities and guidance while encouraging children to make choices and to interact with the environment and other children. Children learn through meaningful experiences building interest, motivation,
and the love of learning. As the primary mode of learning, play creates a valuable opportunity for the children to create, take risks, be autonomous, and actively engage their minds and bodies. This environment is risk-friendly, inviting children to explore, experiment, and solve problems.
What is the value of a child-focused learning environment?
To maintain a lifelong pre-disposition and interest in learning, three conditions must converge; a sense of amazement; a desire to experience; and the motivation to explore. Child-focused environments work to promote and preserve these qualities in all learners.
Children are encouraged to ask questions. The environment invites children to look for answers through hands-on experience, validating an active approach to life and learning. Through practical experiences, a multitude of opportunities to uncover knowledge and understandings is provided. The teachers provide a structure for the child to experience success and build positive feelings about themselves and their abilities.
Knowledge and technologies that were highly valued just a decade ago are becoming rapidly obsolete. In today’s ever challenging and evolving world, our children need to acquire the skills that are necessary to succeed. A child-focused programme emphasises inquiring, thinking, planning, experimenting, creating, and problem-solving. Those are the skills that sustain us on a daily basis throughout our lifetime.
Will my child be taught the fundamentals?
A child-focused classroom allows the child to develop according to his/her potential and allows the child to develop his/her own interests. Teachers work to plan goals, experiences, and projects for individual and group learners that match their learning styles and developmental possibilities. These goals include competencies in literacy, numeracy, arts, and sciences. A child-focused environment challenges learners to discover and apply basic skills through active exploration, projects and research. All the fundamentals of literacy, numeracy, and science are incorporated into the daily curriculum.
What about reading and writing?
The ability to utilize reading and writing skills to communicate is a lifelong process that begins at birth. Like other developmental milestones, each child has his or her own timeline in learning to read and write. Teachers work to create an environment that supports literacy development in a relaxed manner. Children who are naturally inclined readers and writers will inspire and act as natural mentors to their classmates.
Do your educators speak Standard English?
Absolutely, this is one of the main selection criteria; all our core and associate teachers may not be native English speakers but will have a high standard of spoken and written English language.
Frequently asked questions – Operations
Do you offer full day and half day sessions?
Yes, our full day programme runs from 8 am to 3.30 pm and our half day sessions will run from 8 am to noon. Families are required to give 1 weeks’ notice should they wish to change their child’s half/full day status
Can I enroll my child for a few days a week?
Yes, we offer a 3-days a week program
What is your teacher-student ratio?
At EtonHouse International Pre-school Franchise • An Phu we have different teacher/ child ratios per age level.
Our actual class sizes are determined by the room capacity for quality learning and the specialist teachers offered to enrich the educational programme for your child. In determining our teacher-student ratio, all teaching staff are included. In our classrooms you will often find that ratios are actually much lower than those officially published.
Tell me more about your academic year.
Our Academic Year at EtonHouse International Pre-School Franchise • An Phu runs from early August to mid-June. The Academic Year is divided into four terms as per many international school systems around the world.
Do you offer school holiday programmes?
We offer summer camp holiday programs at an additional fee.
How about school meals?
Included in the tuition fee, EtonHouse International Pre-School Franchise • An Phu will provide highly nutritious and balanced school meals and snacks.
Please note-there is no need for any extra food from home (aside from a bottle of milk for nap time if you believe it helps your child settle more happily).
I have questions that were not addressed here.
We welcome parental feedback and your questions often encourage us to revisit and rethink our policies and procedures. Parents can always directly contact our Parent Liaison officer during Office Hours. An email to your child’s class teacher can often help to clarify understandings. Our Principal is also readily contactable, and is happy to meet with you at an agreed appointment time to discuss your thoughts and questions.