Early Years Programme

Welcome to Early Learning Centre

EtonHouse International School Wuxi is a wonderful place to start learning. The Early Years team in the Early Learning Centre would like to extend a warm welcome to visitors to our site. The aim of the Early Years web pages are to provide you and your child with a picture of our happy and vibrant school. Please take some time to look around and explore!

Please contact the School and SCLs for more information on the Early Years programme at EtonHouse International School Wuxi.

  • All about ELC

EtonHouse International School Wuxi Early Learning Centre offers:

  • A safe caring environment in which the students are offered developmentally appropriate activities through the medium of English language.
  • A teaching philosophy which recognizes that children are natural inquirers and that they experiment and explore so as to make sense of the world around them.
  • A creative, play-based approach to early learning with a supportive and highly-trained teaching staff
  • The opportunity for children to work collaboratively and to develop mutual respect in a multilingual and multicultural environment.
  • The chance for parents to partner in their children's learning experiences.
  • A curriculum that is based in the Primary Years Programme
  • How do we learn?

How do we learn?

Children learn by being actively involved with their environment as they attempt to make sense of the world around them. Young children learn through active exploration and example. Watching, exploring, creating, experimenting, discovering, experiencing and manipulating. Each child is unique with individual needs, experiences and contributions to be valued and therefore should be encouraged to develop as an individual, independently making their own decisions and initiating their own learning. We aim to provide children with the skills to grow as competent and confident learners and communicators.

Play is children’s work; it is how they learn and make sense of their world.

Play can be:

  • Self initiated and spontaneous
  • A means of self expression
  • Experiential learning
  • Personal development
  • A way of finding out about people
  • A way of learning to live with people
  • A means of thinking
  • A means of developing and practicing skills
  • An aid to developing concentration
  • A way of nurturing creativity
  • An opportunity to explore, experiment and test ideas

In our classrooms we aim to provide an environment that:

  • Is safe, happy and secure
  • Provides both challenges and opportunities for success
  • Combines children’s interests and experiences
  • Provides reasonable expectations
  • Offers experiences that encompass all developmental areas
  • Supports the family as a whole
  • Acknowledges and supports children’s cultural and language diversity
  • Gives children a sense of belonging
  • Values children’s contributions
  • Encourages independence
  • Encourages understanding and respect differences
  • Enables children to separate from parents confidently
  • Develop trust in other adults
  • Resolve conflicts constructively
  • Share toys and materials

We aim for children to develop the ability to:

  • Ask and respond to questions
  • Demonstrate an interest in exploring
  • Show curiosity and a desire to learn
  • Use planning skills
  • Observe and make discoveries
  • Find more than one solution to a problem
  • Use creativity and imagination
  • Persist in tasks
  • Solve problems through play
  • Organize ideas
  • Name, describe and classify
  • communicate with others
  • express feelings and ideas
  • express emotions in a positive and socially acceptable way
  • play cooperatively
  • acquire a love of books listen to a story and be able to discuss the story
  • care and respect books
  • demonstrate knowledge of how to use books
  • recognize pictures and text on a page
  • make increasingly representational drawings
  • imitate recognizable letters and numbers
  • demonstrate an interest in using writing for a purpose
  • share and socialize as an effective member of the group
  • improve whole body control and spatial awareness
  • improve hand-eye coordination
  • Feel positive about themselves and develop a positive self-concept.
  • Health and other issues

Health and other issues

There may be times during the school year when your child may need to be excluded from school due to ill health. If your child is feeling unwell, please keep them at home. It can be very stressful for children, coming to school if they are not well. Children often say they want to come to school, when in fact they are not really well enough to attend. We do ask you to make these decisions.

If you require medication to be administered to your child during the school day, please contact the school nurse, Ms Anne.  She is also happy to discuss any medical questions or concerns you may have.

Emergency Contact

To ensure that we are able to contact you in case of emergency, please ensure that the emergency contact numbers you have given the school are always kept up to date.


While younger children may need a special toy for comfort during the settling in period, we generally discourage children from bringing toys to school. Toys can be easily lost or broken, causing distress for the owner. Please do not let children bring toys such as plastic knives and guns to school. We wish to encourage co-operative and creative play.

Lunch Time

The children of the Early Learning Centre eat their lunch in the dining-room from 12.00 – 12.30pm. We try to foster a family type atmosphere during meal times and encourage the children to be independent.

Parental Involvement

We welcome parents into our classrooms and there are numerous ways you may like to become involved. Some parents like to come and cook with the children, read stories, work with the children using the computers or talking about their home country. If you would like to become involved, please discuss your ideas with the class teacher.

  • ELC Curriculum

ELC Curriculum

Our Educational framework is based on the philosophy of the Primary Years Programme developed by the International Baccalaureate Organisation.

It is a teaching philosophy which recognizes that children are naturally curious and wish to experiment, explore and make sense of the world around them. It has an emphasis on the growth of children's inquiry, creativity, curiosity and imagination, while the development of basic skills is carefully nurtured.

News & Events

Exhibition Invitation

You are invited to… PYP6 EXHIBITION 2015 This event is a celebration of the learning journeys of PYP6 students.  It is the culmination of their education in the primary Years Program and the transition into their education in ...

April 29, 2015


Christmas Celebration

Wuxi EtonHouse celebrated their annual Christmas celebration last Thursday night. There was amazing performances from all the students. Every child that performed showed willingness, ailment talent and enthusiasm.. Thank you Mr. Brown for all the hard ...

December 12, 2014