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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

NEW! OCCASIONAL PAPER 8

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 37 – Summer Term – is here.

PH.D. STUDENTSHIP OPPORTUNITY

Bath Spa University is offering an early years Ph.D. studentship which is a wonderful opportunity.  See here for further information.

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 PROFILES

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.

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.

BOOK SERIES

We are pleased to tell you that four books are now under contract for our new book series with Routledge and a fifth and sixth are in the pipeline. We expect the first book (Rory McDowall-Clark on ‘Readiness’) to be published in early October of this year.

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.

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.

REPORTS

There are new reports posted here, e.g. Entitlement to free early years education and childcare (Commons Public Accounts Committee, June 2016).  This report warns there may not be enough providers willing to provide the additional 15 hours of free childcare being introduced by the government in 2017.


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