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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

Upcoming Webinar

We are delighted to announce our next Webinar brought to you by TACTYC Trustee Lewis Fogarty. This talk will focus on Professional Confidence, drawing on stories from practice to inspire and empower individuals to take positive action in Early Years.

When: Thursday December 7th 6.30-8.00pm.

Where: Online! Reserve your free spot here.

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Annual Conference Update

We are very excited for our conference on Saturday 14th October – book your tickets here.

More details are also available here.

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Our next webinar – Right from the Start with Viki Veale – 29/6

On Thursday 29th June our trustee Viki will be delivering a talk titled Right from the Start.

You can book your FREE tickets on eventbrite here.

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Viki Veale Contributes to Children Alliance Report

One of our trustees, Viki Veale was pleased to contribute to a recent report on A Preconception Care Strategy.

As lead author, Helen Clark, explains:
“Throwing money at outdated public health policies won’t work. Improving preconception care is the smart 21st-century approach the NHS should take – indeed a ‘revolution’ that will cut future waiting lists and won’t break the bank either.”

Full report available here

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Annual Conference Saturday 14th October – Call for Papers

We are delighted to announce a call for papers for our 2023 conference which will be held face-to-face on the 14th of October in Birmingham. Proposals should align with the conference themes: Child led literacy vs racing to read and write, Professionalism and professional development, and Sustainability.

More information and the form to submit is available here

Deadline: Friday 18th August 2023

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Trustee Presenting at PEMI’s 1st Annual Conference in Ireland

One of our Trustees – Lewis Fogarty – delivered a Keynote in Ireland Saturday 20th May 2023 focused on Professional Confidence.

Forging important relationships with our colleagues in Ireland doing some excellent work raising the status of our sector. Find out more on their website here.

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Trustees Presenting at NAPE – Visions for the future

National Association for Primary Education is proud to present a Primary Education Summit ‘Visions for the Future’ over two weeks starting on 15th March 2023. TACTYC are contributing with the below talk:

EYFS : Wendy Scott OBE, Dr. Karen Boardman, Beatrice Merrick & Helen Moylett This discussion will consider ‘Visions for the Future from an early years perspective’Wednesday 29th March – 4.30pm Live Stream which will be recorded

More information available here

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Royal Foundation for Early Childhood

The Royal Foundation for Early Childhood Launch ‘Shaping Us’

Check out the short and powerful launch video here – Layla’s story

The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood  are launching the new #ShapingUs campaign to highlight the importance of early childhood.

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Leading a Culture of Enquiry and Research in Early Years Settings / Schools

Webinar 26.01.2023 6.30pm-8.00pm – register here

Dr. Elizabeth Carruthers presents an autoethnographic case study about the place of teacher/practitioner research and enquiry in early years settings and schools. Stenhouse (1979) put forward the importance of developing a base of critical analysis (in schools) where everybody can be involved. Dewey (1895) wrote that,

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TACTYC Trustee Lewis Fogarty – Professional Confidence

Lewis published an article on the Birth to 5 Matters blog in December 2022. This explores an interesting notion of professional confidence in detail, offering insightful and engaging ideas that leaders and individuals across the early years workforce can think about and try to harness the power of professional confidence..

Read the full article here

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