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The Pikler Approach to Autonomous Play Activity for 0-3 year olds - Pikler UK: 5-Day Training Course

Monday, 17 February, 2020

Course outline

This course is organised by the Pikler UK Association. It is designed for those who would like to deepen their understanding of early childhood care and education through studying the pedagogical principles of Dr. Emmi Pikler. Participants will learn about the Pikler perspective on everyday experiences with children from birth to three and also about the results of research studies carried out by the Pikler® Institute.

This 5 day module has a specific focus on Dr Pikler’s ideas on infants’ and toddlers’ competencies in their autonomous play activity. During the course we will learn about how self-initiated play activity contributes to well-being and development and will explore the development of free play in depth, including its many, often overlooked, stages.

Participants will also consider the role of the adult in supporting the infant’s and toddler’s self-initiated play activity and learn about the environment and materials needed in each phase of development.   

On the course we will spend time thinking about:

  • The beginning of infants’ play activity
  • Development of thinking and playing
  • The infant’s attention during play
  • Autonomous activity in parent-child groups
  • Organizing conditions for free play in settings
  • How the caregiver supports children’s play

The course will be led by Pikler® trainers from Budapest and counts as one module of the Basic Pikler Training, which can lead to becoming a Pikler Pedagogue. 

Further details

The fee for the 5-day course is £700 with an Early Bird discount available at £650 for bookings completed before 13th December 2019. This covers training only. (You will need to book your own accommodation, travel and meals.)

Places still available: to book your place on this course, please visit the Pikler UK Association website.


Zsuzsanna Libertiny & Jutka Kelemen
17-21 February 2020: 9.00 – 16.00
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