Welcome to Heart Matters

Heart Matters was successfully founded by Shanley Schaefer in 2018 in South Africa.  This programme challenges children’s emotional and mental wellbeing based on improving their self-awareness, empathy, and emotional control. Shanley has over 20 years’ experience as a qualified ECD/Playschool teacher with a Diploma in Child Psychology, Play Therapy Level 1 & 2 and she saw a need in children to create the bespoke EQ program which serves as a gateway to better learning, friendships, academic success, and emotional control.

The Heart Matters Programme has been running for many years, continues to blossom and positively change the lives of thousands of children, and we are excited that this programme has expanded from South Africa to the UK.  The need for educators and parents to foster emotional intelligence in children has led to a demand for this programme.

Jane Wolff

Jane Wolff, CEO of Heart Matters UK, is a mother of two gorgeous boys, ages 6 and 8 and has a background in holistic and alternative health and various educational settings.  It is with this knowledge that Jane believes it allows her to make a purposeful contribution to the lives of both children and facilitators.

“I saw a need in my own children to assist them with expressing their emotions and after using Heart Matters with them and seeing the positive results, I just knew I had to expand to the UK.  This was coupled with a deep passion to foster growth and raise consciousness in recognising the true value of emotional intelligence.  We need it now more than ever in this world we all share.”  Jane

“I have a passion for working with young children and a special interest in children’s social and emotional development. I believe educating the heart is just as important as educating the mind. Childhood is critical for setting down the essential emotional habits that will govern our children’s lives.”  Shanley Schaefer

It is with the heart that one sees rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. “The Little Prince”