Leona, parent of two children at EtonHouse 718 Mountbatten:
There were two main reasons why I chose this school – the environment and the curriculum. Throughout the years that I have been at the school, I have also come to love and appreciate other aspects such as the wonderful teachers and staff, the high level of interaction between the parents and the teachers, and the strong social aspect of the parent community.
The school environment is so beautiful and inviting. As a school influenced by the Reggio Emilia approach, it uses the environment as the ‘third teacher’ so careful attention is paid to the look and feel of the classrooms, the ateliers, and the outdoor spaces, with great consideration and priority being given to natural materials.
The classrooms are bright and spacious, with lots of natural light. The school has two large sandpits, a vegetable garden, sensory gardens, a water course, a tricycle track, climbing structures, in addition to sufficient open green space.
Along the walkways, there is always something inviting exploration – an easel with paint, a basket of books, a chalkboard, some balls of yarn for winding around a chair or a column, some flowers frozen in blocks of ice, an overhead projector showing a video on the wall, a tub of sand with brushes inside, a water wall, etc. Often you will find the parents playing with these provocations too!
The school is a candidate for the IB World School (Primary Years Programme) and this was an important factor to me. I wanted a curriculum that was child-led and play-based, which is what the school is about. Within the framework of different units of inquiry, the students take charge of their own learning – what they learn is driven by their own theories and research, working collaboratively with each other, discovering and exploring together. I am continually amazed by how motivated the children are when they are in control of their own learning, and I am always impressed with their ideas and creativity.
Our family has been part of EtonHouse Mountbatten 718 for more than 5 years. All three of our daughters went to school here - we have had kids at this school all the way through from Pre-Nursery to K2! This beautiful little school was the perfect place for our children to start their schooling. It is an incredibly friendly environment with a lot of emphasis on relationship building, nature appreciation, the stimulation of the child's natural curiosity, and the appreciation of the child as a wonderful individual. The small class sizes and the great student-teacher ration of course help to achieve this. I often joke that I wish I could re-do my own kindergarten career right here at EH M718! I feel forever grateful that we could be part of this diverse, caring, kind and stimulating school community. I can recommend this school whole-heartedly!
Lindie Oppermann (mum of Neine, Carli and Nadia)
When I was looking for pre-school for my twins, Advait and Akshara, I just wanted a “happy” school with lots of outdoor space for the children to play. The Eton House at 718 Mountbatten not only has a big outdoor play area and cozy classrooms but more importantly, the teachers are warm, friendly and nurture children’s inquisitive minds and instil confidence. My kids are really happy coming to school every day and it’s really a home away from home for them. I don’t think I could have found a better school for my kids and I am extremely satisfied with my decision
Nivedita Subramaniam (mum of Akshara and Advait)
The emotional, social and physical development of young children shapes their overall personality as an adult they will become. Children learn best in an environment which allows them to play, discover & explore. EtonHouse 718 fills the bill in all these aspects.
We have been very happy with the school’s enquiry based learning approach as they follow the Reggio Emilia style of teaching. We put our older daughter in N1 here and the younger one started in PN. It’s been a great experience with both of them. The teachers have been extremely helpful and the environment is wonderful. I’ve visited the school at varying times of the day and I’ve been Glad to notice how engaged the teachers are with their students. It’s a small school which is great for the little ones. You get to know other parents and kids quickly and easily. And since no one nationality dominates, the kids get a cosmopolitan feel and learn to embrace many cultures.
I would highly recommend EtonHouse 718 for its fun based learning approach, hands-on teachers and beautiful surroundings.
Micky and Sandeep Mathur (parents to Saanjali and Saranya)
We enrolled at EtonHouse International Research Pre-School by chance as we did not do any research prior, it has been one of the best decisions we have made. EtonHouse is a wonderful preschool with very personable, dedicated and caring staff.
We have had 2 of our children attending this school and both have learnt so much and have developed as individuals. The wonderful staff make each and every child feel special (they know each child at the school by name) whilst providing them with the special and academic skills needed as they make the transition from pre-school to “big school”. Our son has since moved on to “big school” and have benefited from the strong foundation he received from EtonHouse, he’s doing really well and is a well-adjusted and confident young man.
Our daughter is currently in K2, she has been at the centre since pre-nursery. It is so wonderful to see her growing in confidence, personally and academically and I attribute much of this development to the way she is cared for and taught while at EtonHouse. The level of care and dedication displayed by Andy Whitney and the staff is second to none. The school has a strong sense of community, you feel like you are part of an extended family.
This testimonial will not be complete without a special mention to Cathy Wallace, the school’s Parent Liaison Manager, who has been such a constant since our children started at EtonHouse. Cathy provides quality care and is genuinely interested in and knows the children and their families. She has been invaluable in helping us get reports together for purposes of big school application.
We will be sorry to say goodbye and leave the centre when our daughter goes to “big school” after the summer break.
A warm thank you to the staff for the wonderful experience they have provided for our children.
Best regards, Nora
(Mother of Lillie and Max)
My eldest son joined N2 at EtonHouse 718, just 2 weeks after our arrival to Singapore. Our youngest commenced just before he turned 2. From the moment we saw the school during the tour, there was no questioning. We had viewed some of the large scale international schools, which I felt were just too big for a small person. Eton 718 has a nice balance of student size and a wonderful expansive outdoor play area, set up with well thought out provocations to entice curious minds. For our family, choosing a school comes with an emotional reaction and 'that' feeling. Watching our children's faces light up with excitement as they explore the various play areas and engage with educators - the teaching staff immediately caught the attention of my 3yo during the tour. Having supportive and nurturing teaching staff is really important to our family, given the ever-changing world our kids live in as expats. I cannot commend them enough on their enthusiasm, kindness, patience and encouragement.
We have not looked back. Our boys are thriving as they grow in confidence and ability. The play-based learning style has really caught the attention of my two boys; my now 4yo so excited to tell me about the amazing things he has learned, writing me stories and drawing detailed pictures. My now 3yo asking every day of the holidays 'is it a school day yet', and coming home from school in a gloriously happy mood.
We receive daily photo's and details about the day's events, which we use as a prompt for the boys to tell us about their school day. On pick up and drop off the educators take the time to comment on individual details or observations about our children. Our boys love to see their friends and show us their favourite play areas at the school community events; pyjama parties, carnivals, picnics...which prove to be a chilled out catch up for the parents too! Suffice to say, we are thrilled at the opportunity for our boys to enjoy such a positive start to school life.
Bree Kopti (Mother of Elijah and Alexes Kopti)
Our family had just moved from another country and finding a good pre-school for our two daughters was critical for us and Eton House has turned out to be such a blessing. Our core focus was providing our children with an environment where they could build curiosity and nurture the urge to want to learn, rather than learning facts and skills they could learn later. Eton House provided just that while showing them that school is foremost a fun and enjoyable place to be. As a parent, it is hard to ask for more from a school when you see their children running out the door every morning just eager to go to school.
Chris Lee and Yuri Kim
Parents of Anna and Kate Lee
Natalie has been in EtonHouse Mountbatten 718 for the last two years. As this is the very first school that she has attended, we were worried that she would have a hard time settling in, but the teachers have been very attentive and supportive of her development needs. Within a short period of time, our timid little girl who spoke very little English started conversing confidently with her teachers and participating in class activities.
We are extremely delighted to see our daughter go to school daily with a big smile. The teachers are passionate and patient in educating the young minds. It is a shame that K2 is coming to an end and Natalie will have to leave the teachers and peers whom she had formed a strong bond with but I guess this is all part of growing up.
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