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Fairchild Junior Academy is an inquiry-based early learning centre where the development of the whole child in a play-focused environment is central to everything we do. Our teaching and learning are based on the Ontario, Canada, Early Learning Framework. Our teachers base their methods on the Reggio Emilia approach to facilitating learning.


Our mission is to cultivate curiosity, creativity and confidence in each child through an inquiry-based approach to learning.


Our vision is for Fairchild Junior Academy to be a place where:

  • The ‘smile index’ is high within an atmosphere of happiness
  • Children love to come to school every day and know they are valued
  • Play is integral to learning as well as social, physical and emotional growth
  • Children build confidence but remain humble
  • Risk taking and unfamiliar challenges are welcome
  • Children are inspired to be creative, curious, adventurous and inquisitive
  • Staff are passionate about children and love to be around them
  • Staff and parents support children through an inquiry-based, hands-on and engaging approach to facilitate learning
  • The environment is the third teacher after the parents and teachers
  • Children will be fully prepared to enter the best local and international school programs in Hong Kong

Guiding Principlesbased on Reggio Emilia Inspired Approach

Fairchild Junior Academy has been inspired by the fundamental principles of the Reggio Emilia approach and is committed to interpreting these ideas.

  • The child as the knowledge maker, collaborator, and communicator
  • The teacher as partner, nurturer, guide, and researcher
  • Cooperation as the foundation of the educational system
  • The classroom environment as the "third teacher"
  • The parents as our partners in their child’s learning journey

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Joseph San Inn FungFounding Director

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Betty YauActing Head



Kathy NuttingEducational Consultant & Founding
Head of Early Childhood Education


Charlotte MillsLead Educator


Polly ChanLead Playgroup Educator


Leisa SowerbyEducator


Roxanne ManEducator


Waifun ShiuEducator


Wincy LauEducation Assistant


Winsy PoonEducation and Parent Consultant


Naomi SoSenior Administrative Officer


Frances LawBusiness and Marketing Manager


Lily NipSupport staff

Community and Educational Advisors

Dr. Blye Frank

  • Dean, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia

Ms. Laura Edwards

  • Executive Director Advancement, York House School

Ms. Mary Anne Van Acker

  • Assistant Head, Technology and Innovation at The Bishop Strachan School

Dr. Richard Man Wui Ho 何文匯

  • Honorary Professor, Department of Chinese Language and Literature, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr. Rickey Yada

  • Dean of University of British Columbia, Land and Food Sciences

Dr. Tom Matthews

  • Headmaster St. Georges School, Vancouver British Columbia

Dr. Wendy Carr

  • Associate Dean, Teacher Education, University of British Columbia

Dr. Will Valley

  • Academic Director of Land Food, and Community Series, University of British Columbia


As a new early childhood education centre, with a potential to grow into a world-class group of schools, we invite you to consider working with us. Our goal is to enhance the lives of young people by providing quality, inquiry-based programs delivered and guided by outstanding teachers. We put students first in every decision we make and endeavour to create a culture of caring and respect where students and staff love to learn together. Be a part of our founding team and join our experienced educational leaders on this very exciting journey!

We are looking for quality educators and teaching associates to join our team. If you are interested, please send us a cover letter and your resume to