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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!  Conference/AGM 2017

The date is 4th November, 2017, at the ICC Birmingham, and the Conference Themes are: Young Children’s Worlds; Early Childhood Professionals for 21st Century Children; Challenges and Opportunities in Early Childhood.  This promises to be an exciting one-day conference (we are having our residential conference in 2018 to celebrate 50 years of TACTYC).   We currently have available on our Conference pages applications for: Discussion Forum, Research Briefing and Posters, due in by the 11th September, 2017.  An application form will be available shortly so don’t forget our ‘early bird’ offers.


More Than a Score will be launching the alternative vision for assessment and accountability at an event on 29 March, which will see Nancy Stewart take the lead.  See here for details and how to register for this free event. Those involved in the campaign are also asking people to contact their MPs via postcards which can be found here.


We shall be launching the Report and Occasional Paper next week in collaboration with Middlesex University, so please watch for both appearing on this website!


We are currently putting a proposal together to offer a ‘Best Student Reflections Paper of the Year’ Award from 2017.  It should be submitted no later than the 15th July, 2017.  So …. early years students everywhere … what are YOU going to write about????


Your new Executive list and their roles can be found here.


Bronwen Cohen challenges us all to think about early years in the context of the EU. Getting its Act Together: Why we need stronger EU leadership in developing a common EU framework for Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) she sets out an argument which, we’re sure, will generate much discussion! (Well .. we hope so, anyway!)


It is with great regret that we say goodbye to Dr. Liz Brooker who has been an Editor for the Early Years Journal for many years.  She will be sadly missed as she has given so much to the Journal and to TACTYC over several years: we wish her well in her retirement and welcome Dr. Jan Georgeson, now a full Editor.

AND we have a new call for papers: Early Childhood Policies in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (Special Issue).  Global attention to the early years has reached unprecedented heights.  We are interested in papers that go beyond descriptions to include critical analyses of the challenges of formulating and/or implementing policies for young children and their families in low-resource contexts.

BOOK SERIES – first one published!

The first book in our book series is now published: written by Rory McDowall Clark, it explores in depth ‘readiness’ issues – Exploring the Contexts for Early Learning: Challenging the school readiness agenda (Routledge). It’s a great start to the series.


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.  The latest is Kerry Maddock, British Values and the Prevent Duty in the Early Years: A Practitioner’s Guide (Jessica Kingsley publishers).

TACTYC/BERA presentation

Jan Georgeson, Jane Payler and Elizabeth Wood presented the BERA/TACTYC Academic Review of Early Childhood Education, a significant task. More information can be found here.


Reception Baseline Assessment:  Dr. Guy Roberts-Holmes and Dr. Alice Bradbury .  This very topical new Occasional Paper critically analyses the policy context and implementation of Reception Baseline Assessment.

NEWSLETTER 38 can be found here.


Gareth Betts-Davies and Dr. Sharon Curtis are two of our new co-optees on the Executive as you will have read in Newsletter 37. Both of them bring a wealth of background and experience to their roles and we are lucky to have them on the Exec.


Childcare survey (Family and Childcare Trust, March).  In this Survey, the FCT reveals that although there is some reprieve for families as nursery prices held steady and childminder prices rose just above inflationt, this will be scarce relief for families who can be spending up to 45 per cent of their disposable income on average childcare costs.

Early Education has launched its own Occasional Paper – Establishing the Effects of Quality in Early ChildhoodComparing evidence from England (Prof. Pam Sammons and her team).  The researchers have scrutinised the controversial LSE paper, Quality in Early Years Settings and Children’s School Achievement and found it wanting.

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