It is a great honor for us to be able to provide the text of the lecture given by Professor Dorothee Gutknecht from the University of Applied Sciences in Freiburg, Germany held at our symposium in April 2018. The presentation focus on the great importance of responsiveness of educational professionals who work with infants and young children in a childcare setting. Responsiveness is based on sensitive and attentive observation of the children, especially on their non-verbal signals. It always requires an observant attitude towards oneself as a pedagogical professional: the voice, breathing, muscle tone, but also attention to the effects and side effects of one's own actions. Professor Dorothee Gutknecht explains this systematically in relation to life activities such as eating, sleeping and resting, eliminating and playing. She also focuses in particular on the importance of cultural responsiveness, especially with regard to everyday activities. We thank Professor Dorothee Gutknecht for sharing her work with us. Her speech is very rich and clear, with many important details that we should always keep in mind! Enjoy reading!



International Pikler Symposium Budapest, Hungary, 4th-7th April 2018