This workshop will introduce the importance of free and natural gross motor development for infants and toddlers influenced by the work of Dr Emmi Pikler. We will explore how children develop naturally, the importance of providing opportunities for children to freely and actively explore their environment, and equipment used to foster free movement and development over time.
Dr Katherine Bussey, is a passionate infant, toddler and early childhood specialist and advocate originally from New Zealand living in Melbourne working as a Research Fellow. She has spent the last 18 years actively learning about, and developing practice in, NZ and Australian early childhood education based on the Pikler® approach and Magda Gerber’s Educaring Approach (RIE®). She is currently working on the process of becoming a Pikler pedagogue, and is the chairperson of ITANA. Katherine mentors and provides professional learning and development for educators, engaging in inspiring critical reflection, learning and growth in infant, toddler and early childhood teams.