Tamsin Grimmer teaches on the Primary and Early Years Initial Teacher Training PGCE programmes. She has a wealth of experience supporting Early Years Teachers and previously supporting Early Years Professional Status.
Tamsin is a consultant and trainer and has improved outcomes for children and families as an Early Years Consultant for two local authorities.
Tamsin is passionate about young children’s learning and development and is fascinated by how very young children think. She has a keen interest in the different ways that children learn and how practitioners can support them. She is particularly interested in schematic play, active learning, promoting positive behaviour and supporting early language development. Her dissertation for her Masters Degree was entitled: "Is there a place for love in an early years setting?"
Tamsin believes that all children deserve practitioners who are inspiring, dynamic, reflective and passionate about their learning. When children have the very best start in their early years, they adopt positive dispositions and attitudes to learning. The main way that Tamsin assists with this is through inspiring and motivating those who teach them. Children should be at the heart of professional practice and, in this environment, will thrive and grow.
In her time as a teacher and later as a childminder, Tamsin underwent three very positive Ofsted inspections and demonstrated that she was an outstanding practitioner.
She has written three books aimed at practitioners and is gathering material for her next two: one on developing a loving pedagogy and the other about self-regulation in early childhood. Tamsin also puts theory into practice with her three young children, keeping her feet firmly on the ground.
- PGCHE (currently studying)
- MA Early Childhood Education
- PGCE Early Years (with QTS)
- Early Years Professional Status (EYPS)
- Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS)
- BA (Hons) Humanities (Geography)
- Early Education
- EY Matters
Other external roles
- Early Years Director, Linden Learning.
Areas of expertise
- Early childhood studies.
Research and academic outputs
Grimmer, T (2021) Developing a loving pedagogy in the early years: how love fits with professional practice. Routledge, Abingdon. ISBN 9780367902667
Grimmer, T (2019) Calling all superheroes: supporting and developing superhero play in the early years. Routledge, Abingdon. ISBN 9781138556973
School readiness and the characteristics of effective learning: the essential guide for early years practitioners
Grimmer, T (2018) School readiness and the characteristics of effective learning: the essential guide for early years practitioners. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London. ISBN 9781785921759
Observing and developing schematic behaviour in young children: a professional’s guide for supporting children’s learning, play and development
Grimmer, T (2017) Observing and developing schematic behaviour in young children: a professional’s guide for supporting children’s learning, play and development. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London. ISBN 9781785921797
Grimmer, T (2018) 'Observing and extending schemas in practice.' Early Education Journal, 85. pp. 4-5. ISSN 0960 - 281X
Grimmer, T (2018) 'Children who are ready for school.' Early Years Educator, 20 (1). pp. 38-44. ISSN 2052-4617