workshop for Professionals

Pikler® Courses in English in Budapest 2018

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.
For detailed information, please inquire at

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 in English
in Budapest 2018

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

The Parent-Child Group, also called the Pikler® Playroom, is a parent-child group program based on the early childhood educational principles established by pediatrician Dr. Emmi Pikler and her views on the significance of independent, free play and movement.

Our Parent-Child Groups offer infants and toddlers a physically and emotionally safe and secure environment where they can be freely active by their own initiative without unnecessary interventions, rules or restraints from an adult. Parents gain support by sharing their observations in the group with a professional. This leads to a deeper understanding of a baby’s need for autonomy and bonding.

We recommend our Parent-Child Group course to professionals who offer support to parents of children aged 0-3.

This course will include the following:

•          Parent-child groups as a specific platform for supporting parents
•          Setting up the play area
•          Observation of the children’s autonomous activities
•          Sharing observations with parents
•          The challenges of the group leading professional’s work


June 18-22, 2018 (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 two of our 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 


                        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