Pikler® Courses in English in Budapest 2019

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


BASIC Level Pikler® Courses

18-22 March, 2019 (5 days)
Respectful Care and the Relationship with the Adult

During the course, we will discuss the importance of attentive and respectful physical care in addition to some less well known aspects of the Pikler® pedagogy, such as the child’s developing social behaviour, and the characteristics of respectful communication.
The course will underline the importance of the quality of daily care/caregiving interactions (diaper changing, dressing, nose wiping etc.) related to children forming their self-image and need for bonding. Participants will observe (analysing video footages of the Pikler® Institute) how infants and toddlers express their needs and how much they learn from the adult during these situations.
We shall also discuss the special elements of the parent-child relationship and the relationship between the child and the professional carer, educator or nurse.

Course outline

  • What children learn during diaper change

  • Individualized care situation in the day-care: the quality of care

  • Free movement on the changing table – a key for cooperation

  • The journey of the child: from breastfeeding to autonomous mealtime

  • Specific and difficult situations during feeding time

8-12 April, 2019 (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. For detailed information, please inquire at loczy@pikler.hu

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
President of the Pikler-Lóczy Association Hungary

 

Zsuzsa Libertiny
Executive pedagogue of the Pikler Nursery

Eszter Mózes
Director of the Lóczy Foundation for Children

 

 

ADVANCED Level Pikler® Courses in English

27-31 May, 2019 (5 days)
Observation

The observation method used at the Pikler Institute is an important element of the Pikler approach.
Observation is the key to understanding infant and toddler needs and behaviour. Observation allows us to follow and monitor individual children’s developmental progress with accuracy. Accurate observation informs the adult’s decisions on how to structure the environment to best facilitate the next stages of developmental unfolding for each child.
During this seminar you will learn about the methodology for observation, and you will practice and grow your own skills.
The video footages offered for analysis and discussion were recorded at the Pikler Institute, the Pikler Emmi Day Care, and in family settings.

Course outline

  • The importance of observation in early development

  • The caregiver’s developing observation skills

  • Observing the child’s autonomous activity: What to look for in children’s play

  • Observation in the Parent-Child group: How we communicate our observations with the parents

3-7 June 2019 (5 days)
In Peace with Oneself – In Peace with Others
The beginning of social learning

Class Overview
In this training, you will learn Dr. Pikler’s original ideas about the adult’s role in the socialization of infants and toddlers. How do we observe and understand the youngest child’s effort to learn and follow the norms and rules that surround them? How can we accompany and orient a child without power struggles in order to raise a person who can live “in peace with oneself – in peace with others”? How can we support the development of the young child's personality as well as the healthy development of self-awareness and impulse control? We will share our experience about the difficult situations that toddlers experience in day care and in other social settings. Video footage recorded at the Pikler® Institute, the Pikler® Day Care, and in family settings will be offered for analysis and discussion, serving as a catalyst for practiced observations and engaging conversations.

The following topics will be addressed during the training:

  • “The age of transition” – What does Dr. Pikler teach us about toddlerhood?

  • Adjustment and cooperation in the adult-child relationship

  • Social learning during care giving routines

  • Transmission of cultural traditions at mealtime

  • Children among each other: From the first social experience to cooperation and conflict

  • How to protect the child’s individual needs in a group setting

These two courses are for professionals who have already participated in the two-weeklong 1st level Summer-course at our Institute in Budapest, Hungary between 2004 and 2016 or have done the three basic training modules (Care, Movement, Play) and who are involved in working with children. The participants will already have experience with what the Piklerian approach of caring for young children can mean in the various fields, i.e. foster homes, residential nurseries, day-care centres (crèche), parent-child groups, or other settings. This course will provide a possibility to deepen their knowledge and will include new topics that will also be discussed: prevention and handling of conflict situations, caring children who cause difficulties due to different reasons, and methods of supporting parents and educators. It will also give participants an opportunity to discuss problems that they may face in family or group settings.

For discussion, the participants of the advanced level trainings should bring either a video recording or a written description of their own observation in a pedagogic situation. This may also be a description of a specific child or situation.

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.
For detailed information, please inquire at loczy@pikler.hu

Anna Tardos
President of the Pikler-Lóczy Association Hungary

 

Zsuzsa Libertiny
Executive pedagogue of the Pikler Nursery

Eszter Mózes
Director of the Lóczy Foundation for Children