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Parent Workshops and Information Sessions

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.

Information Sessions


The Power Of Play: Importance of play in Early Years

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 moved to Hong Kong in 2004 and joined ESL in 2005. As Director, Emma enjoys working with her team to offer engaging learning opportunities for students throughout Hong Kong. Whilst striving to maintain ESF Language & Learning as a leading provider for after-school classes, Emma ensures the programmes remain relevant and of the highest quality.

Fiona Hughes, ESF Language & Learning Centre Manager

Fiona began her career in Dublin, Ireland as a Montessori Teacher after university. She has been teaching for over 19 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.

This workshop will provide you with information about the importance of play in the development of every child. Emma and Fiona will talk you through how a play based curriculum is used in school and how the children benefit. They will also provide examples of what to do at home to support play based learning.   

  • Date: Tuesday, 5 November 2019
  • Time: 6.30-7.30pm
  • Capacity: 40 
  • Location: ESF Language & Learning Centre, 2nd Floor Prime Mansion, 183-187 Johnston Road, Wan Chai
  • Fee: HK $50


Development of Fine Motor skills and how you can support at home.

Lorena Kastner

Lorena has experience working with children ages 3 to 16 who have fine and gross motor difficulties, visual perceptual difficulties, handwriting difficulties, learning difficulties, sensory processing difficulties, Dyspraxia, Developmental Delay, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD), Down syndrome and Cerebral Palsy. She is passionate about working with children with a variety of physical, intellectual and developmental difficulties to assist them to unlock their full potential and reach their goals.

Lorena has over 5 years of experience providing clinic and home based interventions in a wide range of settings which include special education schools, private practices and hospitals. She believes in the importance of integrating the techniques and skills learnt in therapy into everyday life. By continuously updating both school and home on successful approaches, she aims to provide a service which allows the child to succeed across therapy, home and school.

Lorena holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Oxford Brookes University in the U.K. She is a registered Occupational Therapist in Hong Kong and the U.K. Lorena is bilingual in English and German.

Lorena has completed further professional development in Sensory Integration Module 1 & 2, OT for Children with Handwriting Difficulties, Quickshifts, SOS Approach to Feeding, Understanding Sensory Processing, Special Yoga for Special Children Teacher Training and Rainbow Kids Yoga Teacher Training.

Workshop Details:

Fine motor skills involve the use of the smaller muscles of the hands, commonly in activities such as handwriting, cutting, making a construction with lego or duplo, doing up buttons and opening lunch boxes. Fine motor skill efficiency significantly influences the quality of the task outcome as well as the speed of task performance. Efficient fine motor skills require a number of independent skills to work together to appropriately manipulate the object or perform the task. In children who present fine motor difficulties you may notice the child finds everyday tasks in school challenging, may avoid table top activities, get frustrated when playing with lego or struggle with self care. In this presentation, Lorena Kastner (Occupational Therapist) will explain what fine motor skills are, the foundations and basic milestones, how we can help to develop these skills and learn practical strategies to support your child at home.   

  • Date: Monday, 28 October 2019
  • Time: 7.00 – 8.00pm
  • Capacity: 45
  • Location: ESF Language & Learning Centre, 2nd Floor Prime Mansion, 183-187 Johnston Road, Wan Chai
  • Fee: HK $100