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Welcome to TACTYC

TACTYC was founded in 1978 by a group of early years teacher trainers who recognised how isolated they were feeling in their work and how supportive and developmental it could be to come together with others in a similar position on a regular basis. Today, TACTYC has broadened its base to welcome people from a wide range of early years backgrounds; early years researchers, education consultants and professionals working with children and families in day-care, education, health, play work and social service contexts. TACTYC also warmly welcomes students from across these areas.

  • check out the international Journal
  • read other practitioners reflections
  • look out for conferences
  • join in our advocacy and lobbying
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Latest news

STOP PRESS!

TACTYC response to the Labour Party Children and Education Policy Commission:  Delivering a step change in early intervention and the early years.  We have made a draft response to this document – please comment through our Contact Page with your amendments and suggestions within the next week.

CONFERENCE/AGM 2016: all the information you need!

Our Conference is now fully planned and ready for your applications – flyer here. We are again offering you different opportunities to be involved – here’s our Call or Papers. You can choose to be involved in presenting:  a research briefing, a discussion forum or a poster.  Either way, we look forward to receiving your applications soon. Don’t forget the early bird rates for all those who apply soon!

OUR NEW TACTYC RESEARCH NEEDS YOUR HELP!

As you will now now, our new research project – Early Years Qualifications and Training – with Middlesex University under the direction of Professor Jayne Osgood is progressing well.  The team is looking for your help with a very brief survey – click here to complete.  It’s really quick and simple – please help. An overview of the project can also be found here.

NEW MEMBER PROFILE

Gina Houston is one of our newer co-optees on the Executive and has written about herself on the Member Profile page.  She clearly has lots of experience and will make a great contribution to our work on behalf of members.

NEW REFLECTIONS ARTICLE

We have yet another new reflections article . Thank you to all our contributors.  In the new article, Gareth Betts-Davies reflects specifically on ‘Who owns the ‘rights’ to early development?‘ – if you’re wondering what that’s all about, read it here.

BASELINE ASSESSMENT – SUCCESS!

The Better Without Baseline coalition (which includes TACTYC) welcomes the decision from government not to use Baseline Assessment as an accountability measure. See the BWB joint press release and the BWB open letter.

NEW EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Our new Executive Committee was formed at our March meeting. We have a number of new co-options and a Focus Group to support consultations and responses.

NEWSLETTER 36 is here

TACTYC/BERA COLLABORATION UPDATE

We are delighted that a TACTYC/BERA collaboration paper has been selected as one of just five keynote symposia at BERA later this year. Congratulations to all involved.

BOOK REVIEWS

Now that book reviews no longer appear in the Journal (yes, you’ll have noticed!) we shall be updating our Book Reviews section of the website regularly.  Keep your eyes open here.

READINESS REPORT

In 2012 TACTYC commissioned a report from Dr. David Whitebread and Dr. Sue Bingham on children’s readiness for school.  We are pleased to say that this is now published online here.

BASELINE UPDATE – and the good news is ….

OfSTED inspectors will not be looking for data from baseline assessment schemes.

TWEETINGS!

As you’ll perhaps notice, alongside the LinkedIn and other icons at the top of this page, we’ve added the Twitter icon so you can now go direct from this site to tweet us!  Enjoy!

NEW REFLECTIONS ARTICLE

We have another new reflections article – our second for 2016 – and it’s only early February!  Well done our writers!  Dr Allegra Cattani and colleagues write about some new research into screening young bilingual and multilingual children’s England language capabilities – the language exposure tool. The article, entitled Screening the word learning of bilingual toddlers: A first guide can be found here.

CONFERENCE/AGM 2015

Title:  Principled Early Years Practice: Valuing our past, debating our present, inspiring our future.  Date: Saturday 19th November 2016.   Venue: London (still being negotiated). Keynote speakers will be Julien Grenier and Jools Page. Professor Jayne Osgood will also share with us the results of the research into qualifications.

EARLY YEARS JOURNAL UPDATE

Vicky Quantrell, our Routledge link, has written about the success of our Early Years Journal.

NEW OCCASIONAL PAPER NO: 7

Relationship based pedagogies with babies and toddlers: Issues form teaching and implications for learning. Sheila Degotardi, Associate Professor in EC Education, Institute of Early Childhood, Macquarie University, Australia.

REPORTS

There are three new reports posted here: learning spaces, childcare funding and phonics check results.  Check them out here!


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