PIKLER UK ASSOCIATION BOARD MEMBERS
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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.