workshop for Professionals

Pikler® Courses in English in Budapest 2018
Save the DATE 2018
(registration only from September 15, 2017)

Courses will be held at Lóczy Lajos utca 3, Budapest, Hungary, H-1022. 


BASIC Level Pikler® Courses in English
in Budapest 2018

February 26 – March 2, 2018 (5 days)
The Autonomous Play Activity (ages 0 to 3)

During   this   course, we   will   discuss   Dr. Emmi Pikler’s original ideas regarding infants’ competencies in their autonomous activity.
How do infants’ and toddlers’ self-initiated play activity contribute to their well-being and development? Through research data, photos and video footages of the Pikler® Institute, we will delve into the topic of the development of free play, including its many, often overlooked, stages. 

Participants will also learn the role of the adult in supporting the infant’s and the toddler’s self-initiated play activity and theenvironment, as well as materials needed in each phase of development.

Course outline:

  • The beginning of infant’s play activity
  • Development of thinking and playing
  • The infant’s attention during play
  • Autonomous activity in the parent-child group
  • Organizing the conditions of free play and movement in the day-care center
  • How the caregiver supports children’s play


 March 5-9, 2018 (5 days)
Self-initiated Motor Development

The most well-known ideas of the early childhood pedagogical principles of Emmi Pikler are probably those about the infant’s self-initiated motor development. Her research and writings about the significance of free movement, its practical implementation and the necessary conditions are widespread and popular.

Dr. Emmi Pikler’s observations about the free movement of the infant open a new perspective in understanding not only the principles of motor development, but also it’s influence on the development of the young child’s personality.

Participants of the seminar can explore the intact, natural process of motor development, which can only be observed if we do not directly intervene in movement. Besides healthy motor development we also discuss slow development, gross motor equipment and the appropriate environment to support free movement.

Course outline

  • The significance of the transitional positions and movements
  • Research conducted in the Pikler® Institute
  • Why is it difficult for adults to accept the idea of free movement?
  • How does free movement alter the adult’s attitude, and how does the quality of life of the infant change?

These two basic courses are designed for those who would like to acquire knowledge, and be informed on-site at the Pikler® Institute, where Dr. Emmi Pikler worked.
Participants will deepen their understanding about early childhood education through studying our most important pedagogical principles, learning about everyday experiences with children, and also through hearing about the results of research carried out by the Pikler® Institute.

The topics will be elaborated by presenting core materials of the Institute.
The results of research and practical experience, the opportunity to watch and analyze photos and video footage, accounts of personal practice and discussion of the questions raised by participants will all be included. The course will be held by the “Pikler® team”, including former colleagues of Dr. Emmi Pikler and other experienced professionals of the Institute.

Typewritten applications should be submitted, including a short summary of the applicant’s professional activity, interest and experience of the Pikler® ideas.
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Fee per course: 700 Euros / person / course (5 days)
The fee is only for the course instruction; we cannot provide participant’s accommodations, meals or airfare. The enrolment fee is the net amount; banking or wire transfer fees are to be charged to the applicant’s account. Applications are accepted in the order that the payments are received. 


                              Anna Tardos                                                                     Zsuzsa Libertiny       
President of the Pikler-Lóczy Association Hungary           Executive pedagogue of the  Pikler Nursery

                                                                                 Eszter Mózes
                                                    Director of the Lóczy Foundation for Children


ADVANCED Level Pikler® Courses

May 14-18, 2018 (5 days)
The Pikler® Parent-infant and Parent-toddler groups

June 18-22, 2018 (5 days)
Social learning