Pickler’s Trust in the Wise Infant
WECAN publications | Jane Swain |
The Pikler Institute—often called Loczy (pronounced Loh-tsee) after the street where it is located in Budapest, Hungary—was originally built in 1946 as an orphanage for children ages birth to three whose parents were killed in WWII or were in tuberculosis asylums. In continuous operation since it was founded by paediatrician Emmi Pikler, Loczy today cares for children up to six-years-old, most of whom have been abused, neglected or abandoned, and a few of whom have special needs. More recently, the institute began offering parent-child classes and a day-care program. It also serves as a training and observation centre that draws participants from around the world who wish to learn more about Loczy’s renowned practices that support the healthy development of children. At the core of the institute’s philosophy is an understanding of the need to provide an environment in which children are nurtured, respected and allowed freedom of movement so that they may grow and develop in security, relationship to others, and self-mastery.