About this course

With her characteristic enthusiasm, optimism and curiosity, Anna Freud lent her psychanalytic knowledge to programs where the children thrived, and the staff were inspired. Working in the Jackson Nursery with toddlers living below poverty, Anna Freud and her team acquired a rich array of insights, some unexpected. They continued to refine these in the Hampstead War Nurseries, created for London’s children displaced during World War II.

Anna Freud’s recognition of the importance of the child’s earliest relationships for their later development motivated her innovations that are now widely practiced in child-care settings. This presentation will highlight her pioneering work and research and will be illustrated with archive photos and documents.