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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.  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)


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