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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. (See also #MeYouUs on Twitter.) Here's the Application Form - don't forget our 'early bird' offer - 31st July, 2017!  You'll see that this year you can also pay directly through PayPal.  Here is a draft programme and applications for: Discussion Forum, Research Briefing and Posters: please submit by the 11th September, 2017. 


BERA-TACTYC Early Childhood Research Review 2003-2017:  In 2013, TACTYC: (then chaired by Jane Payler) and the BERA Early Childhood Special Interest Group (then convened by Elizabeth Wood) came together to co-lead a research-focused collaboration which has resulted in revisiting and updating the 2003 BERA research review. Click on the title to access the review and a summary document .

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

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


Primary assessment in England: Government consultation - TACTYC's response to this consultation can be found here.  We have also posted  comment from Better Without Baseline (in conjunction with TACTYC)  here.


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.


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).


Nurturing ‘buds of development’: from outcomes to opportunities in early childhood practice (Hayes, N. and Filipovic, K. 2017, International Journal of Early Years Education). This paper calls for a shift in policy and pedagogical discourse from assessing outcomes towards providing rich, day-to-day learning opportunities. ‘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.