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



Saturday 23rd November 2019, Crowndale Centre, Camden, London

10:00 to 13:00


Caring well for the very young child: how the Pikler approach can help us.

Dorothy Marlen

This workshop is of relevance to all early years practitioners interested in finding our more about the Pikler approach to the care of infants and young children. 

Emmi Pikler was a Hungarian paediatrician who worked in Vienna and Budapest in the mid-20th century where she developed her ideas about the importance of allowing time and space for a child’s autonomous movement and play and the importance of respectful care-giving for the development of positive emotional and personal development. The Pikler approach is now bringing a renewed and important level of awareness to the care of our youngest children in the UK.

This interactive workshop will introduce you to two of Emmi Pikler’s main principles and how they are intrinsically interconnected:

  • Creating a co-operative partnership with small children through mindful, respectful care-giving

  • The importance of self-initiated free movement in infants and the natural progression of motor development

The workshop will include video footage, experiments and time for discussion.

This is an introductory workshop; further, more in depth training on these topics is available through the Pikler UK Association, as above.

Dorothy Marlen is a freelance early childhood workshop leader, trainer and consultant offering introductory workshops on the Pikler approach to nurseries and support to parents. She has trained extensively in the Pikler approach. She co-founded the Pikler UK Association and was chair for 7 years.