"Learnings From Pikler And Becoming An Infant And Toddler Pedagogue"

This week I had the pleasure of speaking with Katherine Bussey who has worked in the early childhood field for 20 years. Katherine is an infant and toddler specialist originally from Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. She moved to Melbourne in February 2013 to undertake her PhD, completing it in 2017. Katherine investigated the work of infant and toddler specialists in Early Childhood Teacher Education in Universities in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. She is the chairperson for the Infant and Toddler Advocacy Network Australia (ITANA).
Katherine is a research fellow, project manager, and lecturer at Deakin University. She has worked on a range of projects across Australia as a researcher, professional development facilitator and project manager. Katherine is also a Pikler® Pedagogue candidate in the final stage of this process. She consults with and gives professional learning and development to educators and teachers who work with infants, toddlers and young children. She is regularly called on for guest lecturing for various tertiary institutions, workshops for Infant and Toddler Networks, workshops for teachers, workshops for individual Early Childhood Education centres, and organisations in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. 
She is happy to travel to work in different places around Australia and the world to work with people who work with infants and toddlers.
In this podcast interview with Katherine we talk about the importance of care and connection with our infants and toddlers and also:
  • Her experiences in Budapest learning about the Pikler approach.
  • Katherine’s explanation of the Pikler approach for beginners.
  • Relevant findings from Katherine’s doctoral research.
  • The shifts in infant and toddler teacher practice Katherine has seen in New Zealand and Australia over the last 15 years.
  • Where to next for infant and toddler teachers developing in this specialty.

There is so much we can learn from Katherine’s amazing career in early childhood education and her determination and commitment to building her knowledge and practice with infants and toddlers.
Katherine’s suggested further reading list:

  • Elfer, P., Goldschmied, E., & Selleck, D. Y. (2012). Key persons in the early years: Building relationships for quality provision in early years settings and primary schools.Routledge.

  • Mooney, C. G. (2010). Theories of Attachment: Bowlby, Ainsworth, Berber, Brazelton, Kennell, and Klaus. Redleaf Press.

  • Read, V. (2014). Developing attachment in early years settings: Nurturing secure relationships from birth to five years. Routledge.

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