Infant-Toddler Pedagogies Essay

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Infant-Toddler Pedagogies Development and learning of young children have long been seen as critical life-long effecting factors within the human life. Researchers such as Bowlby (1951) proposed in his early arguments commenting on the importance of positive relationship between babies towards their parents and other caregivers, he argued that “without a positive attachment relationship on early years an individual’s capacity to forge satisfactory relationships and achieve good mental health in adulthood would be impaired” (Petrie, S. & Owen, S. 2005). Dr Emmi Pikler’s philosophy was one of the first approach that underlines many theorist proposal and taken it into practice. Throughout this essay we will focus on the key concepts, principals and philosophy of the Pikler Approach and briefly identify significant socio-political contexts that influenced on Dr Emmi Pikler’s life and her founding of the Lóczy Residential Nurseries. Following by arguments based on the possible impacts of these concepts being taken into practices in a New Zealand infant and toddler education and care centre. Discussions will also be made on current issues that should be considered in relation to contemporary early childhood educations and care services such as teacher qualification, the continuity of primary care, environments, and parental expectation. “As a matter of principle, we refrain from teaching skills and activities which, under suitable conditions, will evolve through the child's own initiative and independent activity." (Pikler cited in Pikler powerpoint by Michelle Pratt 2009). Based on the four key principal of security, freedom, respectful child centred approach and close attachment relationship forms the fundamental concepts of the Pikler’s approach. In Lóczy the child’s life is careful cared and regulated by the following beliefs (see Chapter 2: David and Appell

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