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The Pikler Approach
What does it offer to Families and Childcare Professionals Today?

Two Online Seminars Hosted by Pikler USA and Presented by Caregivers and Pedagogues at the Pikler House, Budapest
Discover how the Pikler approach continues to develop and evolve in order to remain relevant.
The seminars can be taken together or separately.

July 1, 2021
Introduced by Zsuzsanna Libertiny, President of the Pikler-Lóczy Association Hungary, Pedagogue of the Pikler Daycare Centre, Pikler Trainer
The Pikler Approach in the Family - Anna Tardos, Child Psychologist and Former Director of the Pikler Institute
Ending with a Q&A

July 2, 2021
Introduced by Zsuzsanna Libertiny, President of the Pikler-Lóczy Association Hungary, Pedagogue of the Pikler Daycare Centre, Pikler Trainer
The Pikler Approach in the Daycare - Andrea Szőke, director of the Pikler Daycare and Gabriella Bakos, caregiver
Ending with a Q&A

 July 1, 2, 2021
8am -11:30 am PDT (California)
5pm CET
Price $100 US dollars for both days.

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Once registered, you will receive Zoom link.

Cancellation Policy

Once enrolled, your registration fee will be entitled to a 75% refund if a cancellation occurs before June 20.

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Anna Tardos

Anna Tardos (born in 1931) is a child psychologist. She joined Emmi Pikler in 1961 and helped to start the researching activity in the Institute.

For decades she has carried out research into self-initiated free movement and the play activity of young children. How the infant uses the possibility to follow his own interest during the free playing time, and what the characteristics of their activity are. The other territory of her researches was in the field of pedagogical-psychology. For instance, she analysed the quality of pedagogical behaviour to show that even children of 18 to 21 months can be guided by making them free to make decisions concerning themselves and preventing them from feeling that they are being commanded or overruled.

Following the first years, she was more and more involved in the practical work of the Nursery Home, and also in the monitoring and supporting of the other nursery homes of the country. From the beginning, she has considered the teaching of professional childcare practitioners to be very important. She also teaches at the Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest).

Tardos has published more than 100 publications in eight languages. She is also author, co-author or editor of many handbooks and curricula and author of video series for professionals.

She does educational work for the parents as well, she is co-author with Emmi Pikler of the ‘Mothers’ book’, and cooperated as an expert in the series made for parents for the radio and also on television.

She delivers lectures at congresses, conferences, leads trainings and workshops. She was the last director of the Pikler Institute (1998-2011).


Zsuzsanna Libertiny

Zsuzsanna Libertiny, President of the Pikler-Lóczy Association Hungary, Pedagogue of the Pikler Daycare Centre, Pikler Trainer, completed her studies (M.Ed) of education at ELTE University Budapest and  became closely acquainted with the Piklerian ideas with the birth of her first child (1994).

An employee of the Pikler Institute in 2002, Libertiny was responsible for parent education and parent-child groups.

She left Lóczy for a few years to work in Canada supporting newly immigrated parents with young children. After her return to the Lóczy team, she resumed her previous role, as well as joining the daycare centre as part of the direction and the methodological team.

Since 2009, Libertiny regularly participates as a lecturer both in Hungary and abroad. Her topics encompass the everyday work with children, the support for families, and day-care centres.


Andrea Szőke

I graduated with a double degree in early childhood education and social pedagogy. I gained my initial theoretical and practical professional experience of several years working as a caregiver in the Pikler Infants’ Home. It also greatly helped me in my work that I have regularly been participating in various professional further trainings since I began my career.

I have been working as a pedagogue in the Pikler Daycare Centre since 2006, when it was opened, and I have been heading it since 2008.

I am a member of the methodological workshop of the Pikler House. I also facilitate parent-child groups.

In recent years, I have lectured in seminars offered to early childhood professionals internationally. Among others, I have led workshops and held lectures in the fields of early childhood education and pedagogy abroad as well, e.g. Germany.


Gabriella Bakos

Originally, I studied to be an economist, and I never planned to work with children. It was a coincidence that I found a job advertisement by the Pikler Institute, looking for caregivers.

I started working in the infants’ home in 2005. I was fascinated by the joyful atmosphere, the pedagogical style that was friendlier than anything I had previously experienced, and the free movement development of the children already in the first days. Except for a little detour, I took care of the youngest children.

While working, I completed my studies in caring for infants and young children. Since the closing down of the infants’ home, I have been working in the daycare centre. I enjoy the parallel work here, and I learn a lot from my colleagues: a well carried out sentence or solution can be acquired any time through observation.