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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

HAVE YOU SEEN ….?

Let Our Kids Be Kids have updated their anti-SATs petition and are aiming for 100,000 signatures (currently 17,000+). If you wish, you can sign the petition here.

Zero Tolerance is a Scottish charity working to end men’s violence against women – it is attempting to bring about change with the aim that gender equality is promoted from birth.

2016/17 NEW TACTYC EXECUTIVE LIST 

Your new Executive list and their roles can be found here.

 NEW FOR 2017: FIRST REFLECTIONS PAPER

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!)

CONFERENCE/AGM 2016: a great success again!

As usual, our conference was well attended and ensured a great day for everyone involved.  You can see the write-up of our Conference here as well as Minutes from the AGM.  We will soon be posting keynote presentations.  Conference papers can be read here.

RESPONSE TO DAME REENA KEEBLE’S REPORT ON EFFECTIVE PRIMARY TEACHING PRACTICE

TACTYC has collaborated with a number of others in challenging this Report. Here is a link to the Early Education page with the press release intro. You can also find the open letter on the TACTYC website here.

LATEST CONSULTATION

TACTYC Exec has now responded to the DfE consultation: Literacy and numeracy qualification requirements for level 3 Early Years Educator staff.     

BOOK SERIES – first one published!

The first book in our book series is now published: written by Rory McDowall Clark, it explores in depth ‘readiness’ issues – Exploring the Contexts for Early Learning: Challenging the school readiness agenda (Routledge). It’s a great start to the series.

NEW STUDENT REFLECTIONS PAPER AWARD

We are currently putting a proposal together to offer a ‘Best Student Reflections Paper of the Year’ Award from 2017.  So …. early years students everywhere … what are YOU going to write about????

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. The latest is Research Methods for Pedagogy by Melanie Nind, Alicia Curtin and Kathy Hall, London, Bloomsbury, 2016.

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.

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 38 can 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.

REPORTS

The latest report is that by Dame Reena Keeble on Effective Primary Teaching Practice.


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