PIKLER UK ASSOCIATION BOARD MEMBERS
I came to this wonderful work with young children when my son was one year old. Originally trained as a Steiner Kindergarten teacher, I now have over 25 years experience of running parent and child groups, courses, and trainings for parents and carers of the very young child. My work was transformed by taking the full trainings in the Pikler approach to Early Childhood Education at the Pikler Institute in Budapest from 2008. I still go back regularly for more. I have also trained in the Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE) Level 1 and a Pikler/Steiner Birth to Three training at Sophia’s Hearth, both in the USA. I now offer workshops and consultancy to day care settings in the UK, have run Parent and Baby groups inspired by the Pikler approach called A Gentle Beginning for the last 8 years and am the course leader for the Level 3 CACHE Holistic Baby and Child Care Diploma which integrates Steiner early years studies, an introduction to the Pikler approach and the UK statutory regulations and EYFS. I am a co-founder and chair of the Pikler UK Association and have organised the Basic Level Pikler training in the UK, 2011-12 and now 2016-17. My latest endeavour is developing a specialist course for leaders of parent and infant groups ( up to 18 months) which combines the Pikler approach with up to date research on early reflexes and the effects on free, self-initiated early movement of difficult births such as caesarean births.
Samantha Greshoff is a trained Steiner Kindergarten Teacher who has worked with young children and their parents for the past 13 years in both Kindergartens and Toddler Groups. She has also been involved in running workshops and training courses for Parent and Toddler Group Leaders. Her interest in the development of children and the importance of self-directed movement led her to the work of Emmi Pikler and last year she completed the first Pikler Training course to take place in the UK. This has had a great influence on her work and has led her to set up Pikler-inspired Parent and Baby groups. She hopes to bring an understanding of the Pikler approach to parents to enable them to gain a deeper understanding of their child and his/her development.
I am a mother of three children and have worked as a parent & child group leader since 2006. Once I discovered the work of Emmi Pikler and the Pikler Institute, introduced by Dorothy Marlen at a workshop in London, I couldn't wait for the opportunity to learn more about it and begin the training to become a Pikler pedagogue. I completed the Basic Training and the first level Practice Guidance in 2014. I have always enjoyed working with parents and their children but bringing the Pikler approach to my work has brought a new level of awareness and enjoyment both for me and for the families attending the groups. I will be completing a Foundation Degree in Childhood Studies in 2017 and hope to complete all levels of the Pikler training in due course.