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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

We wish all our members and friends a very happy New Year 2018 





It is time for renewal of your membership with TACTYC – or join us.  Our annual subscription is very reasonable: Full member £45, Student/unwaged £30. Payment by direct debit is much preferred since it minimises the administrative burden on our unpaid Exec.    Please do check that your payment arrangements are up-to-date. And do email/contact us if you have a change in your details (address, email, phone, etc.) so we can be sure to keep you updated regularly.


TACTYC Exec and members are outraged at the recent OfSTED Report ‘Bold Beginnings’. Read our response here. And do let us have your views on the issues raised in the Report.

Di Chilvers from Watch Me Grow has written a challenging piece responding to ‘Bold Beginnings’ which she has allowed us to use in our Reflections pages.

PROFESSOR COLIN RICHARDS (a previous President of TACTYC and ex-HMI) has also made his precise views known on Twitter (@colinsparkbridg).

BASELINE ASSESSMENT – the campaign continues

Our Vice- Chair, Nancy Stewart, spoke out against the return of Baseline at a recent conference.  She urged all school leaders who do not agree with the introduction of the new reception assessment should refuse to take part in a pilot due to take place in 2019-20. Find the write-up here.


PACEY is conducting a survey about Early Years Teachers. It forms part of a study they are undertaking in conjunction with Voice the Union to better understand how many graduate-level teachers are leaving the workforce and why, and consider how this trend can be reversed.  EYITT course leaders and current and former EYITT students please complete the survey at: before the 15th January.

TACTYC BOOK SERIES: Research informed professional development for the early years

You can now access all information about our exciting series here. We now have three books published, the latest being Valeria Huggins’ and David Evans’ Early Childhood Education and Care for Sustainability: International Perspectives. Further information and opportunity to order your copy here.


“TACTYC’s conferences have a different feel, as they attract participation from across the sector. All are welcomed, and a sense of belonging created”.

“TACTYC’s conferences are very accessible, enable broad participation across the sector, and are a great opportunity to listen and learn.”

Another successful conference – brilliant reviews and excellent speakers.  Something different from past conferences but equally worthwhile. You’ll be able to read all about it here soon when we have completed the evaluations.

2017 AGM Papers can be found here.


Over recent months the Executive Committee has been undertaking a governance review, working with consultants to consider the organisation’s aims, membership, activities, responsibilities and structures.  Members agreed at the 2017 AGM to approve going for charitable status.  We will be starting this process soon.

Three spaces on the Exec were filled – see Chair’s Report – and we will be inviting co-optees soon.

As part of our thinking, we undertook a membership consultation project which makes interesting and informative reading. This is ongoing so do respond when you can.


New research commissioned by the National Education Union (NEU) considers the impact ability grouping practice has on both children and educational professionals within the early years environment. Well worth a read!


The latest Reflections is Jaime-Lee King‘s submission which was a runner-up for the best student paper award. Graduating from the University of Chichester, Jaime-Lee asks  us to consider neurodiversity as part of a child’s unique way of being.


Read here all about Viki Veale – a very enthusiastic member of TACTYC, who responded to our appeal at the Conference for more Member Profiles.  Do remember to send yours to Janet

OCCASIONAL PAPER 10 now online

Julian Grenier has written an excellent new paper which you’ll find here entitled: ‘Collaborative quality improvement’ – a way forward for England’s maintained nursery schools? in which explores one possible future for nursery schools: as the leaders of quality improvement for the whole of the early years sector in England.

STUDENT REFLECTIONS AWARD – read the winning entry here

Congratulations to Emma Bailey (winner), Jaime-Lee King and Amy Perkins (runners up) for their thought-provoking papers entered for the TACTYC Student Reflections Award.


We are always seeking new members with a range of early years skills and talents – why not join us today and be part of this dynamic Association?  Membership Application form here.


There is a discussion-based training day on ‘Quality in Diversity – A Child’s Journey’ in Oxford on 2nd  November,  2017, at the King’s Centre, Oxford. To book, visit:


BERA-TACTYC Early Childhood Research Review 2003-2017:  In 2013, TACTYC: (then chaired by Jane Payler) and the BERA Early Childhood Special Interest Group (then convened by Elizabeth Wood) came together to co-lead a research-focused collaboration which has resulted in revisiting and updating the 2003 BERA research review. Dr. Jane Murray and Dr. Rory McDowall Clark have written an excellent brief Summary of this research for Children and Young People Now


A new review here of the first book in a series specifically devoted to under 3s. Edited by E. Jayne White and Carmen Dalli, this explores pedagogy and policy across many different contexts.


Our TACTYC colleague, Prof. Pamela Oberheumer, is involved in a new venture regarding the ECEC workforce profiles in Europe.  You can find information and a website here. English language texts will be available shortly.


You can read the full Report of our Latest Research. It makes very interesting reading as does the associated Occasional Paper 9.


We have a new call for papers: Early Childhood Policies in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (Special Issue).


Prof. Peter Moss has written about the OECD’s IELS study in which he suggests that, although progress seems to be floundering because very few (possibly only 2) countries appear to have signed up, the OECD seems not to be acknowledging this weakness in the programme’s intended reach/sample.  Read more.

Closing Gaps Early: The role of early years policy in promoting social mobility in England is a new report from The Sutton Trust which explores how ‘early years childcare and education touches on many aspects of social policy, from education to the labour market to the benefits system’. Click on the title to read more.

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