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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

THANKS FOR YOUR HELP

Following this year’s elections to TACTYC’s Executive Committee, we are, as you know, seeking to co-opt further members to help steer the work of TACTYC over the period ahead. We are delighted with the response and thanks to all those who have contacted us. We’ll be in touch shortly.

CONSULTATIONS

We have made a response to the Education Committee inquiry into the purpose and quality of education in England. You can find it 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 TACTYC RESEARCH

We are pleased to announce that our new research funding into Early Years Qualifications and Training has been awarded to Middlesex University under the direction of Professor Jayne Osgood with a team comprising of Professor Peter Moss and others.

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

Following another highly successful Conference/AGM, a write-up from which will posted very soon, you can find information from all our keynote speakers and workshop presenters here. We would like to thank all our presenters for their stimulating and motivating talks and for sharing them with our delegates. One of our delegates also shared her experiences, particularly of one of our keynotes, on Twitter – Penny Webb has given permission for this short article to appear on our Reflections page.

AGM papers are also here.

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.

HAVE YOU SEEN …?

‘State of the Nation’ survey on early years outdoors play.  The Early Childhood Forum and Learning Through Landscapes have mounted a survey on early years provision and playing and learning outdoors: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Earlyyearsoutdoors

REPORTS

There is a continual range of new reports which you can find here – the latest one is from the British Heart Foundation about the physical health needs of 2-4-year-olds.


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