Pikler® Institute, Hungary

The Autonomous Play Activity

A five-day intensive workshop which delves into the topic of the development of free play, including its many, often overlooked, stages. This workshop provides credit to certification as a Pikler® Pedagogue for parents and educators of young children.

Workshop Details

WHEN: 23-24th, 26-28th April 2018
)no session 25th – Pub Hol)
9am – 5pm
WHERE: Ithaca Hall
99 Enoggera Terrace
(Cnr Enoggera & Kennedy Tce)
Red Hill, QLD, 4059
HOW MUCH:       $1,700 per person


Our last Autonomous Play workshop SOLD OUT QUICKLY, so do not miss this opportunity.

Payment is required to confirm your attendance.

The Autonomous Play Activity (ages 0 to 3)

Class Overview

This intensive course is designed for those who would like to acquire knowledge, and be informed by pedagogues who work 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 from the Institute.  The results of research and practical experience, the opportunity to watch and analyse photos and video footage, accounts of personal practice and discussion of the questions raised by participants will all be included.

This course will be presented by two members of the “Pikler® team” – Andrea Szőke and Jutka Kelemen.

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 footage 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 the environment, 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
• Organising the conditions of free play and movement in the day-care centre
• How the caregiver supports children’s play