Relationship-focused pedagogy

Relationship-focused pedagogy emphasises the importance of positive relationships between teachers and students in the learning process. It aims to create a trusting, supportive and respectful learning environment in which students can develop their full potential.

An appreciative and empathic educational work

In today's society, it is particularly important that children are supported and accompanied in their development. An essential factor in this are the relationships that are built between children and educational professionals. Relationship-focused pedagogy therefore emphasises the importance of relationships and bonds in educational work and focuses on appreciative communication and the promotion of empathy and respect.

What is relationship-focused pedagogy?

Relationship-focused pedagogy is a pedagogical method developed on the basis of John Bowlby's attachment theory. It is based on the assumption that the relationships between children and educational professionals have a significant influence on the development and well-being of children. The aim of relationship-focused pedagogy is to build a trusting and supportive relationship between children and pedagogical professionals in order to promote positive child development.

Appreciative communication

Appreciative communication is a central component of relationship-focused pedagogy. Pedagogical professionals should pay attention to a language that values the children and strengthens their self-efficacy. It is important that children are taken seriously and that their opinions and needs are respected. Appreciative communication promotes the children's trust and helps them to feel safe and secure.

Empathy and respect

Another important element of relationship-focused pedagogy is the promotion of empathy and respect. Pedagogical professionals should be sensitive to the children's feelings and needs and respond empathetically. Children should learn to recognise and accept their own feelings, but also to respect and be considerate of the feelings of others. Through this empathy and respect for others, children learn to act responsibly and independently.

Practical implementation

Relationship-focused pedagogy can be implemented very well in daily educational work with children. Different methods can be used, for example:

An example of the application of relationship-focused pedagogy in practice is the concept of a "warm handover" when the child is handed over from the family to the pedagogical specialist in the day care centre. Time is deliberately planned in order to create a positive and appreciative handover. The educator takes time for the child and the family, listens attentively and signals appreciation and empathy through body language and eye contact. This promotes a trusting relationship between the participants and the child feels safe and secure.


Relationship-focused pedagogy emphasises the importance of relationships and bonds between children and pedagogical professionals. Appreciative communication and the promotion of empathy and respect are of great importance here. Through a positive and trusting relationship, children can develop their full potential and experience healthy development. Relationship-focused pedagogy is thus an important approach to child-centred education and upbringing.