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Observation led by Hungarian faculty from the Pikler® House in Budapest, Judit Kelemen, Dr. Eszter Mózes and Elsa Chahin

ADVANCED-Level Pikler® Course, must have completed all three basic courses. Counts toward Pikler® pedagogue certification.

The observation method used at the Pikler Institute is an important element of the Pikler approach. Observation is the key to understanding infant and toddler needs and behavior. Observation allows us to follow and monitor individual children’s developmental progress with accuracy. Accurate observation informs the adult’s decisions on how to structure the environment to best facilitate the next stages of developmental unfolding for each child.

During this seminar, you will learn about the methodology for observation, and you will practice and grow your own skills.

The video footages offered for analysis and discussion were recorded at the Pikler Institute, the Emmi Pikler Day Care, and in family settings.

Course outline

  • The importance of observation in early development
  • The caregiver’s developing observation skills
  • Observing the child’s autonomous activity: What to look for in children’s play
  • Observation in the Parent-Child Group: How we communicate our observations with the parents

This course is for parents and professionals who have already participated in the two-week long, first-level summer course at our Institute in Budapest, Hungary, between 2004 and 2016 OR who have taken the three basic training modules (Care, Movement, Play). The participants will already have experience with what the Piklerian approach of caring for young children can mean in the various fields, i.e. foster homes, residential nurseries, day-care centers, parent-child groups, or other settings. This course will provide an opportunity to deepen your knowledge and will include new topics that will also be discussed: prevention and handling of conflict situations, caring for children who cause difficulties due to various reasons, and methods of supporting parents and educators. It will also give participants an opportunity to discuss problems they may face in family or group settings.

For discussion, the participants of the advanced-level training should bring either a video recording or a written description of their own observation in a pedagogic situation. This may also be a description of a specific child or situation.

October 28-Nov 1, 2019

Pepperdine University Graduate Campus

6100 Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045 | West LA Campus

Registration Fee:

$1,200 before June 6   |    $1,350 after June 6
The fee is only for the course instruction; we cannot provide participant’s accommodations, meals, or airfare.

Cancellation policy: Once enrolled, your registration fee will be forfeited if a cancellation occurs thirty days prior to the start of the event (September 28). If a cancellation occurs between August 28 and September 27, you will receive 50% refund. If your cancellation occurs before August 27, you will be entitled to a 75% refund.

All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Elsa Chahin at