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1st Edition

Developing a Loving Pedagogy in the Early Years
How Love Fits with Professional Practice

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ISBN 9780367902667
May 26, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
208 Pages 96 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

Care and caring are key to early childhood education and yet love can be viewed as a taboo word within early childhood settings. This book guides practitioners through the potentially problematic area of loving the children they care for. It shows where a loving pedagogy can fit within professional practice and how this can enrich experiences for children and educators.

The book explores 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, the 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.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Defining Love

Chapter 2 Problematizing Love

Chapter 3 Professional Love

Chapter 4 Tactile Nature of a Loving Pedagogy

Chapter 5 The Language(s) of Love – Love in Practice

Chapter 6 The Empowerment of Children through Love

Chapter 7 Holding Children in Mind

Chapter 8 Loving Relationships

Chapter 9 Concluding Thoughts

Afterword: Love During a Pandemic

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Tamsin Grimmer is an experienced consultant and trainer, a director of Linden Learning and a senior lecturer in Early Years at Bath Spa University. She is based in Wiltshire, UK.