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Loving Pedagogy

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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 does 'Loving Pedagogy' mean?

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'.

Early Years Educator Magazine
May edition 2022
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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.

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Linking Love with Nurture

In this book I have teamed up with Dr. Aaron Bradbury. Love and Nurture approaches are intertwined and impossible to focus on in isolation. This practical book for Early Years students and practitioners includes real-life case studies and examples alongside academic underpinning and essential theory. It supports students to understand and explore the need for and importance of Love and Nurture in early years practice. The book focuses on key child developmental factors including brain development, attachment awareness, love languages and nurturing touch, the science of nurture, the theory of love and nurture and building relational practice. It is the perfect companion to Developing a Loving Pedagogy!


Best educational book 2021 - Developing a Loving Pedagogy in the Early Years by Tamsin Grimmer
Developing a loving pedagogy in the Early Years - how love fits with professional practice by author Tamsin Grimmer

How love fits with with professional practice

In my book, '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.

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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 Kinderly 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

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Loving Pedagogy Articles

I have written a number of articles on the topic of Loving Pedagogy

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Language of love in early childhood


Loving is organised into five languages

The importance of love in early childhood

WHAT's LOVE got to do with it?

The importance of love in early childhood

Meaningful connections full of love and unfolding a loving pedagogy

Meaningful connections

Unfolding a loving pedagogy


Empowering children

Through listening with love

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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.

What we mean by a loving pedagogy and how this links to professional practice

Tamsin Grimmer on a loving pedagogy and professional practice

In this interview, Tamsin explains what we mean by a loving pedagogy and how this links to professional practice. She goes into detail as to why this is important for professional practice and how this empowers children

The link between professional love and a loving pedagogy

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 training courses

Loving Pedagogy Masterclass

In this course, Tamsin explains the meaning of the phrase 'Loving Pedagogy' and the vital, underpinning importance of a Loving Pedagogy when working with children of every age. She details the theory and gives worked examples of the 5 different 'love language

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Loving Pedagogy Podcasts

In episode 27 of Team Early Childhood series

I'm interviewed by host Aaron Bradbury on 'Developing a loving pedagogy'.  

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Team early childhood podcast with Tamsin Grimmer 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.'


In episode 89 on 13th October 2023 I was interviewed by Andy Burt, Early Excellence to discuss a loving pedagogy.


In episode 89 on 13th October 2023 I was interviewed by Andy Burt, Early Excellence to discuss a loving pedagogy.

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