The Pikler Approach – Exemplary Early Childhood Care for the 21st Century

Pikler UK Association

The Pikler UK Association is pleased to present two exciting opportunities in 2016 – UK Conference and Basic Training, London.

London, UK. February 27, 2016:  Anna Tardos, President of the Pikler-Lóczy Association, Hungary, and Zsuzsa Libertiny, Pikler Pedagogue, Hungary, will be speaking at conference in the UK for the first time, addressing the question; How Do We Support Healthy Development in the First Three Years?

London, UK. Commencing April, 2016:  Training in the Pikler Approach with course leaders Ute Strub - International Pikler Trainer & Zsuzsa Libertiny - Pikler Pedagogue, Hungary.

The Pikler Approach, known and respected around the world, brings a new consciousness of respectful care for the very young child to the UK. Thoroughly researched over 60 years, the principle of allowing natural progression of motor development, early exploration and play, coupled with the creation of cooperative partnerships between small children and their carers has been shown to have far-reaching positive outcomes in daycare and at home.

Dr Emmi Pikler based her approach on the respectful, cooperative relationship between an adult and child, through tender care moments, naturally-paced motor development, free self-directed movement and uninterrupted play. This attitude of exemplary early childhood care is a most needed addition to our understanding of young children in the UK. The Pikler approach also provides guidance for providing a care environment which, in all its aspects, fosters children’s health, security and happiness.

The Pikler UK Association was launched in June 2014 with the vision of positively influencing childcare practices here in the UK through the practical wisdom of the Pikler approach. We believe that the Pikler approach provides knowledge that is fully compatible with the EYFS but in addition takes early years trainings and practice out of the textbook and towards a new level of knowledge and skill. This can only enhance the care offered in early years settings.

Dr Emmi Pikler is the only early years pedagogue whose ideas are specifically suited to infants and toddlers under 3 years in a group setting. The conditions that are created in a Pikler setting ensure that the children thrive. The Pikler approach to childcare is highly compatible with other childcare approaches and the principles are easily adapted to various childcare settings such as nurseries, childminding and in the family home.

There should be no doubt that the Pikler UK Association, through its work with early years settings and policy makers, is offering a new vision and benchmark for childhood care that is fully compatible with children’s needs in the 21st century.

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