EtonHouse Zhong Hua Pre-School
Established Chinese immersion programme
EtonHouse Zhong Hua at Bukit Timah is the first childcare centre in Singapore to offer an inquiry curriculum delivered exclusively in Mandarin. Set within the premises of Hwa Chong International School, the school welcomes children from 18 months to 6 years of age.
The inquiry curriculum in Pre-Nursery and Nursery is delivered entirely in Mandarin by native Chinese language teachers from China, Taiwan as well as Singapore who have professional qualifications in early childhood. From Kindergarten 1 to 2, children are offered learning experiences in English as well.
Throughout their day in school, children are exposed to the Chinese language at all times, applying it across different domains including literacy, numeracy, arts, science and more. This exclusive Chinese-speaking environment, which many do not have at home, is essential in giving children a solid foundation in the language.
Chinese as a life-skill and essential communication tool
We believe that Chinese is a life skill, not just a subject to be taught in isolation. That is why in EtonHouse, Chinese language is naturally acquired through the inquiry based approach. Learning experiences are engaging and meaningful, and based on children’s interests.
Not only do children begin to express themselves confidently in Chinese, they also begin to understand concepts, think and process ideas in Chinese. With a considerable amount of time communicating in Chinese, they are able to appreciate how useful and relevant the language is to their daily life.
When they are younger, the focus is very much on the 听(listening) and 说 (speaking) aspects before we proceed to build up sentence structure and vocabulary, with the kindergarten level focused on reading(读) and writing (写).
There is an added emphasis on Chinese cultural experiences such as Chinese Art (painting, Calligraphy), Performance Art (music, dance, drama and songs), literature (stories, rhymes and poems) and festivities. The learning environment is created for children to experience the beautiful Chinese culture and tradition in a warm, home-like space, featuring unique art pieces, musical instruments and engaging and meaningful resources.