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We are pleased to offer a series of workshops and seminars during the year on subjects of interest and concern to parents of young children.  We also arrange Information Sessions at the start of each term.

Information Sessions

If you would like to learn more about our classes, then please register for one of our information sessions. Each session provides a great opportunity to view the centre facilities, learn more about the programme and ask any questions you may have. This tour and presentation is suitable for parents and guardians . If you would like your child to experience the centre before enrolling, we recommend you also register for a Demo Session or Trial Class.

Please select a session you would like to join:

Please see the workshops and seminars we have lined up over the coming months.

(Kindly register only one ticket for an individual family)

Sleep Training Solutions Workshop

A parent workshop presented by Joyce Edmondson

Joyce is a Canadian/ American Registered Nurse with 20 years experience working in all areas of hospital inpatient and community nursing. She holds a degree of Bachelor of Nursing. A great deal of her skills stem from a strong background in Emergency nursing and teaching. She is currently an instructor in First Aid and CPR, teaching all over Hong Kong. Following the birth of her first child, Joyce felt that she missed her passion and went back to school to complete her certification in Sleep Consulting. She has been helping families in the community for 5 years. She works closely with the family and tailors a plan to fit individual needs.

Joyce moved to Hong Kong in 2008, she has two children aged 4 and 7. Both children were born here in Hong Kong where she had her first and very pleasant experience in the public health system.

The workshop will address:

  • The importance of sleep and how a sleep cycles works for babies
  • The importance of a daily routine
  • How to create a feeding schedule
  • How to create a nap schedule
  • How to create a bedtime routine

Private consultations can be arranged by appointment only after attendance of the workshop - details will be given at the workshop.

Please register 1 ticket per attendee. Thank you!


Positive Parenting Workshop


Dr. Sandy Leung is a specialist in psychiatry with special interest in psychotherapy including psychodynamic psychotherapy, self-psychology, cognitive therapy, sandplgy therapy, positive psychology, mindfulness treatment and metallisation based therapy. She was previously appointed as the Honorary Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry of The University of Hong Kong and Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Mr. James Ip is a child behaviour therapist experienced in using different therapeutic techniques in helping children with behavioural or emotional problems. They co-authored a top-seller parenting book “Parents in one sentence, resolves child’s difficulty” (父母一句話,啟動孩子解難力) and delivers positive parenting workshops at various schools around Hong Kong.

We are honoured to invite them to deliver the Positive Parenting Workshop at the ESF Language & Learning Centre. 

This workshop will address: 

  • The relationship between neurobiology and parenting. 
  • How to calm a child down and enlist his/her co-operation? 
  • How to bring up a secure child - attachment theory? 
  • How to praise a child effectively? 
  • How to turn a child’s shortcoming into a merit? 

Please note that 9 October 2017 will be conducted in Cantonese and 23 October 2017 will be conducted in English. The centre is a shoe-free zone, please bring a pair of socks.

The Importance of Play Workshop

Emma Dorrell, ESF Director of Language & Learning

After gaining a psychology master’s degree, English language teaching certificate and Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the UK, Emma joined ESF in 2005, and has taught playgroup, kindergarten, primary and secondary classes. As the Director of Language & Learning, she enjoys working with her team to offer engaging learning opportunities for students throughout Hong Kong, as well as providing learning opportunities for the parent community.

Fiona McCormack, ESF Language & Learning Centre Manager

Fiona began her career in Dublin, Ireland as a Montessori Teacher after university. She has been teaching for over 16 years in Early Years, including 10 years in Beijing’s international schools. She believes in working closely with each family to help children develop a love for learning in a peaceful, multi-cultural environment.

The workshop will cover:

  • What is play-based learning
  • The benefits for young children
  • How to support your child at home

Understanding & Supporting ADHD Children

A parent workshop presented by Scarlett Mattoli (Support Specialist: Family & Parenting, Addictions, SpLD and ADHD)

Scarlett Mattoli is a qualified and experienced Psychotherapist, Psychometrist and Coaching Psychologist & Supervisor with multiple international accreditations. Her training, qualifications and credentialing extend to include Cognitive Neuropsychology, 

Neurodevelopment, SPED, SpLD and Dyslexia Support, Play Therapy and Psychometric and Educational Assessments (BPS-RQTU) as well as specific psychotherapeutic approaches.

Currently working towards her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsyD), she continues with her research and specialisation interests in Learning Differences, Family/Parenting and Addictions. She has gained her previous academic qualifications, public and private sector experience and professional qualifications and certifications whilst living in the USA, UK, Europe and Asia over the past 25 years. 

The workshop will address:

  • Current definitions of ADHD and neuroscience behind ADHD
  • Strategies for working at home with the range of differences that ADHD symptomatology exhibits
  • Getting the most from IEP’s within the school
  • Getting the most from support services
  • Red Flags for further support
  • Self-care for parents