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Tamsin Grimmer

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Personal statement

Tamsin Grimmer teaches on the Early Years Initial Teacher Training PGCE Programme. 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.

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 to assist with this is through inspiring and motivating those who teach them. In this environment, children 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 is currently studying for a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Her dissertation is entitled: "Is there a place for love in an early years setting?"

She has written two books aimed at practitioners and is gathering material for a third on superhero play. Tamsin also puts theory into practice with her three young children, keeping her feet firmly on the ground.

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hons)
  • PGCE Early Years (with QTS)
  • Early Years Professional Status (EYPS)
  • Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS).

Professional memberships

  • Early Education
  • National Early Years Trainers & Consultants (NEyTCO).

Other external roles

  • Early Years Director, Linden Learning.

Areas of expertise

  • Early childhood studies.

Research and academic outputs

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School readiness and the characteristics of effective learning: the essential guide for early years practitioners
book

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
book

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


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