Training in the UK


February 17th - 21st 2020

The Autonomous Play Activity (ages 0 to 3)

The course will be held by Pikler® trainers from Budapest and will count as one module of the Basic Pikler Training, leading to becoming a Pikler Pedagogue.

Course outline - This course is designed for those who would like to deepen their understanding of early childhood care and education through studying the important pedagogical principles of Dr. Emmi Pikler.


Participants will learn about the Pikler perspective on everyday experiences with children and also about the results of research studies carried out by the Pikler® Institute, with a specific focus on Dr Pikler’s ideas regarding infants’ competencies in their autonomous play activity.

During the course we will learn about how infants’ and toddlers’ self-initiated play activity contributes to their well-being and development and will delve into the topic of the development of free play, including its many, often overlooked, stages.

Participants will consider the role of the adult in supporting the infant’s and toddler’s self-initiated play activity and also learn about the environment and materials needed in each phase of development.

On the course we will spend time thinking about:

  • 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 in the daycare centre

  • How the caregiver supports children’s play



September 27th - 29th

Sensory Awareness Seminar - Peggy Zeitler

Peggy Zeitler is an American living in Germany for over 50 years. She is a distinguished Pikler Sensory Awareness trainer, integrating study of Eastern culture, experience with Gestalt Therapy and a long association with the Pikler Institute, including founding the European Pikler Association. Peggy offers professional trainings and is responsible for the publication of Pikler books and films, Pikler and Sensory Awareness literature and Pikler Lóczy films in German. 

The weekend, which is an essential aspect of the Pikler European Association training model, is highly beneficial for anyone caring for very young children. Peggy helps us become more aware of our felt sensations, breathing, balance, and orientation to gravity and to others (balance with people). With her guidance, we begin to more fully experience our physical self and its deep, self-regulating and regenerative processes that are our birth right. We then begin to see more clearly and to understand these phenomena as we observe young children’s freely-initiated play and movement development and so recognise the importance of not interfering.