The Autonomous Play Activity   

5-DAY PLAY MODULE – July 23-27, Los Angeles, CA

This intensive provides credit toward certification as a Pikler® Pedagogue. Autonomous play activity delves into the topic of the development of free play, including its many, often overlooked, stages. Participants will have an opportunity to engage in a variety of experiential activities, discussion and lecture, as well as analyze video footage from the Pikler® Institute.

Registration information:
To register and pay with Pay Pal or credit card.

Early bird before May 15, 2018 – $1,200
After May 16, 2018 – $1,350

Pepperdine University Graduate Campus
6100 Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045
West LA Campus

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Class Overview:

During this course, we will discuss Dr. Emmi Pikler’s original ideas regarding infants’ competencies in their autonomous activity.

How do infants’ and toddlers’ self-initiated play activity contribute to their well-being and development? Through research data, photos and video footages of the Pikler® Institute, we will delve into the topic of the development of free play, including its many, often overlooked, stages.

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

Course Outline:

  • 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
  • Organizing the conditions of free play and movement in the day-care center
  • How the caregiver supports children’s play

This course is designed for those who would like to acquire knowledge, and be informed about the Pikler® approach. Participants will deepen their understanding about early childhood education through studying our most important pedagogical principles, learning about everyday experiences with children, and also through hearing about the results of research carried out by the Pikler® Institute.

The topics will be elaborated by presenting core materials of the Institute. The results of research and practical experience, the opportunity to watch and analyze photos and video footage, accounts of personal practice and discussion of the questions raised by participants will all be included. The courses will be held by some of the Pikler® team, including former colleagues of Dr. Emmi Pikler and other experienced professionals of the Institute.

Faculty to be announced soon! Our team in Hungary is working diligently to select the trainers from the Pikler House for this intensive.

What to wear: Attire at the event is casual and comfortable. Meeting room temperatures tend to be cooler due to air conditioning.

Computers: There will be electrical outlets available in the session room for laptop users.

Payment: Please note that if you paid your registration fee by credit card, your payment will be processed as soon as possible.

Cancellation policy: Once enrolled, your registration fee of $1,200 will be forfeited if a cancellation occurs less than thirty days prior to the start of the event. If a cancellation occurs between April 16- June 15, you will receive 50% refund. If your cancellation occurs before April 15, you will be entitled to a 75% refund.  All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Elsa Chahin at