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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


The standard was published in July and you can access it here.  TACTYC responded to the consultation in developing the Standard.


In an alarming international development, the OECD is planning to introduce a cross-national assessment of learning outcomes for 5-year-olds. Prof Peter Moss has published a blog summarising the issues, which can be found here

TACTYC/BERA presentation

Jan Georgeson, Jane Payler and Elizabeth Wood presented the BERA/TACTYC Academic Review of Early Childhood Education, a significant task. More information can be found here.

NEW CALL FOR PAPERS for the Journal

Lessons and Legacies of Early Childhood HistoryThis special issue aims to add to the burgeoning literature on ECEC history in recent years to present new work by scholars working in diverse international contexts.  It is planned to include these papers in the March 2018 issue of the journal.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


There are two new items on our Reports page, well worth a look – the DCMS Annual child Report and Early years and life chances: parliamentary enquiry.

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