First published in 1973, this book gives a detailed account of and critical reflection on Lóczy, the residential nursery as seen by two notable French early childhood professionals, Dr Myriam David psychiatrists and Geneviève Appell psychologist. They start their report by describing the orphans’ everyday life and the carers’ way of work at Lóczy at the time. Then they go on to discuss the principles underlying the Pikler approach and how they were applied in care situations, during periods of free play and other activities, and with regards to the social relationships between child and caregiver as well as among children themselves. The carefully created environment and the unique institutional structure made observation-based studies possible, which in turn helped further improve that environment and structure - all for the sake of the children's well-being.
The 3rd edition includes a new Preface by Anna Tardos, received a new cover to match our latest books and some of the charts within have been revised to allow for easier interpretation of the data in them.