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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


There’s still time to response to the EYE apprenticeship standards consultation – closing date, the 17th May.

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

You can now access all information about our exciting series here. Enjoy!


Following our latest successful research project, we are left with many questions about practitioners, their qualifications, experience and roles. We would really appreciate YOU – like many of your e.y. colleagues – putting pen to a brief outline of yourselves to help us understand the training/role situation in a wide range of early years settings. Click here.


Better Without Baseline has responded to the Department of Education released consultation on its latest proposals for Primary Assessment, including another attempt to reintroduce a ‘baseline assessment’ in the Reception Year. You can read our collaborative response here.

ECSDN, TACTYC and SEFDEY have responded critically to the OECD’s International Early Learning Study.  The response outlines key issues and concerns.


Make a date: 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.  TACTYC is delighted to present this specially designed conference for those working with early years children. Delegates will go away with much more confidence about children’s and practitioners’ experiences and understandings about these important issues. We currently have all forms and a draft programme available on our Conference pages. An application form will be available shortly so don’t forget our ‘early bird’ offers. See also #MeYouUs!


Members of our Journal’s Editorial Board have been sending in their Profiles for you interest and information. Why not take a look?


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.  The latest More Than a Score film can be found here.

Our TACTYC colleague, Prof. Margaret Clark, continues her campaign against synthetic phonics.  Her latest piece can be found here.


We are now able to launch the findings from our latest research: the full Report is now available. It makes very interesting reading as does the associated Occasional Paper 9The Report has set us thinking about what are YOUR experiences of training, qualifications and professional development in relation to qualifications – we shall shortly be asking here online for you to send in a brief summary of your role and training experiences. It would be great to have a good range of replies!


Hot off the press, here is our latest Occasional Paper which has resulted from our TACTYC funded research into early years qualifications and training.  It provides some food for thought about the issues – you can also read the full report here.


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????


We have welcomed Helen Bilton to our Executive Committee this year and you can read about her on our Member Profiles pages.  These seem to be popular within the website statistics so why not tell us about YOU?


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).


‘Teaching 4 & 5 years old: The Hundred Review in to the Reception Year in England’ was published on 22nd May 2017. You can read the report here.

Education Select Committee report on Primary Assessment (May 2017). This report from the House of Commons Education Select Committee finds that assessment is closely linked to the accountability system in primary schools.

Pie, fry, why: Language play in three- to five-year-old children (Read, K., James, S. and Weaver, A. (2017) Journal of Early Childhood Research). This study examined the relationship between four common types of language play and their correlations with the verbal and social abilities of three- to five-year-old children.

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