I have a wealth of expertise and knowledge in the area of 'Loving Pedagogy' and on this page I have highlighted some of my specialist work in this area. I deliver webinars, keynotes, 'early years training' and 'nursery staff training' and tailored 'childcare courses' to meet the needs of early years organisations and practices. Please do get in touch if you would like to discuss your requirements.
What do we mean by a loving pedagogy in the early years?
Love is everywhere but seldom talked about in the context of an early childhood setting or school. My short YouTube video introduces the topic of 'Loving Pedagogy'.
What are pedagogical approaches in the early years?
The word pedagogy comes from the Greek meaning ‘to lead a child’ and often describes teaching, in terms of everything we do, provide and the rationale of why we do it that way. So within the context of early childhood this would include what we do as pedagogues, or teachers to lead our children – the relationships we foster, the teaching strategies we employ, for example tapping into children’s fascinations and interests and taking into consideration their needs, backgrounds and strengths, the learning environment we create for play and exploration, and the ethos we adopt in our settings. By using the phrase a loving pedagogy I aim to combine the loving, caring aspects of our role and describe an approach to working with children that can underpin all aspects of our provision.
There are a number of different pedagogical approaches within early childhood education, for example, Froebel, Montessori, Steiner, Reggio Emilia, Curiosity Approach, Forest/Beach Schools, Te Whāriki, High/Scope, Mosaic Approach, In the Moment Planning, Trauma and Attachment aware… and many more besides. Some of these describe whole provision approaches that define the ethos of the setting and would be mutually exclusive. Schools and settings can adopt a loving pedagogy alongside their current approach because it provides the foundation upon which other philosophies and approaches can thrive.
Thinking about pedagogy and defining our pedagogical approach is important because as the modern proverb says, ‘If you stand for nothing, you fall for anything…’ (author unknown). Early childhood educators need to discuss as a team how they view children and childhood, their understanding of child development and theory and what they want their provision to be like, including the skills, knowledge and dispositions that they want to foster in their children. Put simply, our pedagogical approach shapes our children. Thus adopting a loving pedagogy promotes love, kindness and other prosocial behaviours.
DEVELOPING A LOVING PEDAGOGY in the EARLY YEARS
How love fits with with professional practice
In my latest book publication, 'Developing a Loving Pedagogy in the Early Years', I explore how educators can support their children by holding them in mind, valuing them and promoting their best interests. Focusing on how relationships, attachment and connections underpin our settings and practice, chapters cover:
the fundamentals of professional love
appropriate touch in practice
the different ways in which children feel loved
the rights of the child
empowering children through love
working with parents and carers
Including case studies and questions for reflection, this is vital reading for practitioners wanting to develop a nurturing and loving pedagogy that places the child at the centre of their practice.
10 TOP Tips for developing a loving pedagogy in the early years
There has never been a more important time to prioritise children’s wellbeing and nurture them. This calls for us to develop a ‘loving pedagogy’ and speak the language of love!
Although we do not always use the word love, we have a professional love for the children in our care and we want them to feel secure, loved and valued.
Read my article published for Kinderley on how to develop a loving pedagogy in the early years.
Early Educucation journal
I have recently written an article on Loving Pedagogy in the Spring 2022 edition of Early Education Journal. For Early Education site members or those wishing to sign up, I have included a link here.
Loving Pedagogy Articles
I have written a number of articles on the topic of Loving Pedagogy
LOVING PEDAGOGY TELEVISION WORK
I have recorded two television episodes in collaboration with Early Years Television on the topic of Loving Pedagogy. Now that the episodes have been broadcast, they are now archived and can only be accessed by Premium members of Early Years TV. Below I have included links to the episodes for those that have a premium membership or wish to subscribe.
Tamsin Grimmer on 'developing a loving pedagogy'
In this interview, Tamsin explains the links between Professional Love and a loving pedagogy; Chapman and Campbell’s ‘love languages’; the role of touch in a loving pedagogy; the characteristics of a loving pedagogy and how we can achieve this in an Early Years setting
Loving Pedagogy training courses
Loving Pedagogy Podcasts
In episode 27 of Team Early Childhood series
I'm interviewed by host Aaron Bradbury on 'Developing a loving pedagogy'.
In episode 122 of Foundation Stage Forum podcasts, I'm interviewed by Jules to discuss 'Love in Early Years Practice.'