Book Review – Developing a Loving Pedagogy in the Early Years by Tamsin Grimmer

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Book Review – Developing a Loving Pedagogy in the Early Years by Tamsin Grimmer

This is my first book review, and it is not endorsing anyone (well it is talking about the book) but it is my own thoughts. I have been discussing and researching around Nurturing in the Early Years now for a few years. I started reading the book Developing a Loving Pedagogy in the Early Years last week, thank you Tamsin for sending me a copy, and I have not been able to put it down. In fact, I haven’t stopped talking about it, I have shared the book far and wide with my colleagues. The book written by Tamsin Grimmer is a game changer for practice and here is why?


I don’t want to give too much away as it would spoil what is written in the book. But the fact that as Early Years professionals we can start to embed love, care and nurturing into our practice is a positive step forward. It really does discuss these approaches. Again, not saying how, you need to read it.


We hear about self-reflecting in our Early Years practice and the benefits of doing this. The book allows you to do that. Well throughout in my opinion. All I can say is, this book has allowed me to fully understand and track back to my own practice and the discussions we have with regards to nurturing our children and our Early Years environments. Reflection allows us to really think about those deep discussions and thoughts that we may not have within our day-to-day practices. Mainly due to the demands and time constraints. Let’s be honest, we are with the children and giving our precious time to them. It allows us to think about the why, the how and the approaches we take with children when it comes to Nurturing and Care.


The book has given me a real sense of joy and purpose. This is researched by Tamsin exploring Professional Love and the problems that comes with the notion of Love. Not everyone feels it straight away, that is fine, I guess. I have never really thought about my practice and the love that is there within it. I guess that has never really left my approach when it comes to the joy and purpose of Early Childhood. It has been an interesting week to define Love, I mean with regards to children, mainly since I am no longer in practice. But, with the approaches of nurturing and the positive outcome of developing children’s play and development shows a huge part with having a Loving Pedagogy within our practice.


I have always advocated for a tactile nature of working with children, I mean who wouldn’t want to play rough and tumble, nurturing a child when they graze their knee. I always remember when my children fell over, or they were crying the first time when parents had left them at nursery. Who were the ones to support and comfort them? Well, that was me and my colleagues in the nursery and classroom. It is at this moment Tamsin explores a tactile nature of a loving pedagogy and explores this well.


What stands out for me are the case studies. These give you a real opportunity to be there, it really is a touching moment and a privilege for those professionals to have shared their practices. I think the fact that so many of the case studies allow you to be in the moment is a well-positioned approach to the book.


I think you can see from this point that I am a fan of the book. Defining Pedagogy and the care needed to support children is the focus of this book. I have for the first time felt and reflected on my own emotional state when it comes to my own practice. Reading this book has allowed me to make stronger connections with my own pedagogical approaches, the power that we have within our practices and how it can empower you to further your own professional insights to nurturing a loving pedagogy.


The voice of the child stands out strongly within the book. It has not lost sight of the child. It will allow you to position yourself, reflect on developing your own pedagogy of practice. It is the first powerful read which fundamentally embodies my own positionality within Early Childhood. To focus on the child, the pedagogy within my teaching practice, love and nurture for the child and focusing on the holistic emotional well being of the child is an important aspect.


Why you need to read the book and how it links to your practice?

  • Defines Love and what this looks like within your practice
  • Supports an understanding of professional love and how to work with parents/carers to show how you care and nurture their children.
  • It will be a great CPD reflective discussion around your pedagogy in general
  • Links to real case studies, allows you to reflect on your own practice
  • Keeping children at the centre of your practice (Wow this does that so well)
  • A resource to support Early Years emotional literacies, practice and gaining the voice of the child


I have not put the book down. It’s a fresh, vibrant and on point contemporary read. Do I suggest you read it, YES? Will it support your practice, your pedagogy and question why we do what we do, ABSOLUTELY? I feel like I have connected much more with my own pedagogy and now it has linked to Love, Nurture and Care.


Thank you, Tamsin, for a great book, read and knowledge you have shared within the book. It will be on my reading list at work, and I am proud to have this book as my first Book Review.


Team Early Childhood Star Review:




Aaron Bradbury



1 thought on “Book Review – Developing a Loving Pedagogy in the Early Years by Tamsin Grimmer”

  1. Shirley Lallana Cabatu

    Hi there. I truly enjoyed reading your book review as I do love the book myself and have really been raving about it. However, I am now researching its impact on policies in early childhood education. Perhaps you can assist me on this as I am researching on it so that I can fully talk about it to my school director. The practice is really good and so what policies are impacted by developing a loving pedagogy?
    Please share your thoughts. Thank you.


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