Providing excellent quality care for children is at the heart of everything we do at Monkey Puzzle; only when a child feels truly safe and secure will they explore and conquer their environment to their fullest.
We have adopted the Pickler Approach at Monkey Puzzle Cambridge. Dr. Emmi Pikler (1902–1984) was a paediatrician from Budapest, Hungary. Her goal was to ensure the physical and psychological well-being of infants and young children. She believed that secure attachments were key to achieving this and emphasised the importance of respectful care.
At Monkey Puzzle, we teach our practitioners to provide respectful care and plan for children’s development based on their interests. We encourage self-initiated activities to enhance their self-image and self-control. One example of this approach is during intimate care routines like nappy changing. We always inform the child in advance and allow them to choose another carer or delay the change if they are engaged in play. We consider this time as an opportunity to build trust and a strong relationship. We believe in obtaining the child’s consent, even for the youngest babies. Nappy changing is carried out calmly and attentively, with the carer fully present and focused on the child. This approach is also extended to mealtimes, preparing for nap time, and after nap time. We prioritise the child’s interests in all interactions. The child receives emotional fulfilment through these special moments with the carer and gradually internalises the care and attention they receive. Instead of rushing through care moments, we encourage rich one-on-one relationships to foster secure attachment and self-initiated exploration and play.
As a team we continue this care with continuous observation, self-reflection, and support.