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 have now launched our Baseline Assessment campaign papers and you can read them here.

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.


See our responses to the Carter Review of Initial Teacher Training and the Office of the Children’s Commissioner: ‘What are the characteristics of an education system which protects and promotes children’s rights?’


We are supporting a week of action with NCNE and Early Education in relation to the decline in maintained Nursery Schools.

RESEARCH REPORT: Two-year-olds in England

Having read the Interim Report from the Plymouth team, you’re no doubt waiting for the final one, especially if you heard the fascinating findings are our recent Conference/AGM. It’s here now!


An increase in membership fees was agreed at our recent AGM. The full-rate fee will now be £45.  This is the first increase in over five years and represents the rising costs of all of TACTYC’s activities.


‘Quality for babies and toddlers in early years settings’ by Professor Carmen Dalli, is now available by clicking the link to our Occasional Papers.


Find it here.  There’ll shortly be a new Newsletter devoted entirely to our November Conference.

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