TRAINING FOR CERTIFIED PIKLER® PROFESSIONAL
You may train in the USA (no clear dates planned yet for US trainings) or in Budapest, Hungary or in the UK to achieve your certification.
Pikler® Intro courses are an introduction and do not count toward Pikler® Professional Certification.
-Here are the steps-
- I -
3 x 5 days
3 mandatory 5-day basic courses (order of courses depending on offer)
- Care in the Piklerian pedagogy (5 days)
- The significance of free motor development (5 days)
- Independent playing activities at age 0-3 (5 days)
After the completion of the above: ADVANCED LEVEL
- II -
2 x 5 days
2 mandatory 5-day thematic courses (order of courses depending on offer)
- Observation in the Piklerian approach
- Accompanying the socialization
(To the advanced level courses participants may also bring their own materials for discussion)
After the completion of the above: ELECTIVE COURSES
- III -
2 x 5 days
2 elective 5-day thematic courses to be chosen from the following offers:
- Further issues relating to playing activities and their accompanying by the adult
- Further issues relating to motor development and its conditions
- Further issues relating to care and educational situations
- Dialogue with the infant and toddler
- Relationship with families
- Supporting the caregivers
- Atypical development
(For the elective level courses, we expect participants to bring their own materials for discussion)
-Precondition: completion of all courses of the basic level-
PRACTICAL VISITS TO OBSERVE
2 x 3 days
- Observation in day-care groups, parent-child-groups, or other early childhood institutions
- Analyzing and discussing the observations under the leadership of a Pikler trainer/lecturer
- Can be completed in Budapest, or any other institution where Piklerian ideas prevail in the pedagogical practice and where a qualified Pikler trainer is available to lead the discussion of the observations. (Participants should consult the Budapest team about availability/options.)
PRESENTING OWN PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE I. and II.
2 x 5 days
- Discussion of materials presented by the participants in small groups (8 members)
- Participation is based on invitation.
FINAL THESIS AND DEFENSE
- The written thesis must be related to the participant’s own professional activity, and must present some experience, idea, concept, practice, observation, or study related to the Pikler approach.
- Preparing the final thesis is accompanied by a designated mentor – a Pikler trainer (who supports in picking the topic, preparing the adequate documentation, provides feedback on the first draft, consults with the participant throughout the process and takes part in assessing the thesis together with the Pikler team).
- Keeping in contact in person or online: maximum time allocated to consulting with the mentor is 30 hours.
- Discussing and defending the final thesis orally, in person, in front of a 3-member panel of trainers from the Pikler House, who pass the decision on approving the final thesis and its defense. In the course of the defense the author must also prove their broader awareness of the topic.