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

NEW MEMBERSHIP FORM

Thinking of becoming a member? Download our new Membership Application Form here.

NEW CALL FOR PAPERS FOR EALRY YEARS JOURNAL

There is a new Call for Papers on Digital-play-and-technologies on the Journal page and you can also find it here.

MEETING WITH EARLY YEARS MINISTER, SAM GYIMAH

Two senior members of the TACTYC Executive met with Sam Gyimah and civil servants recently to discuss, amongst other things, Baseline Assessment.  We’ll keep you informed of developments.

TACTYC: EQUALITY, INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY

TACTYC has adopted equality, diversity and inclusion as core values and principles. Please see our carefully considered statement here.

CHANGE OF STRAPLINE

Many of you will have noticed that we have slightly changed our TACTYC strapline to  Association for Professional Development in Early Years in line with agreement at our AGM.

MORE ON BASELINE ASSESSMENT

TACTYC and Early Education have collaborated to produce guidance on current options for standardised baseline assessment. Here is the main document and a summary document for your information.  You can also still find our our original Position Statement, a Summary and our Lobbying Support pack here to help you, so please use them.

HONOUR FOR OUR PRESIDENT

Our President, Wendy Scott, was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List in recognition of all her work on behalf of young children and practitioners. Congratulations, Wendy!

SPECIAL CONFERENCE EDITION NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE

Our special edition Newsletter focusing on our November Conference/AGM is now available for download by members .

OCCASIONAL PAPER 6 NOW AVAILABLE

Hot on the heels of Dr. Elena Hoicka’s paper on humour, you can now download Dr. Jan Georgeson and team’s inspiring Occasional Paper on the two-year-old project, funded last year by TACTYC. All comments welcome as always.

FURTHER CONSULTATIONS 2015

We have now responded to both Education Select Committee’s inquiries into i) Sure Start Children’s Centres: Follow up and ii) Starting School. We will let you know of any follow-up.

FINAL REPORT on our Project about Two-year-olds in England:

It was certainly fascinating to hear the outcomes and findings at our latest Conference, for which you can find the PowerPoint presentation here. The full report is also available here.


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