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2009 Conference/AGM

Date: 6th and 7th November 2009
Venue: Milton Keynes
Topic: Inspiring Practice in Early Education: Research, Reflection, Debate.

With almost a hundred delegates, the buzz at this year’s Conference was amazing. Our three keynotes were (see below) extremely well received. Each of them offered a very distinctive and highly informed presentation that is now available on this website – you can find them here [1]. With 13 research-based workshops to choose from (see outlines here [2]), delegates attended two of their choice and really welcomed the format. We had asked presenters to present their research – without Powerpoint – and to use their hour to allow discussion of their findings in relation to implications for practice. Again, from the feedback we received, it seems they all adhered to the format and it was well received. We also introduced a panel presentation on the Friday evening that focused this year on the experiences of children in reception classes – a topical issue given the current debates on school starting age. Again, this seemed very well received with some poignant and powerful debates and issue-raising from the audience. This session could have done with being longer but that could be said of the whole conference. We did have a slightly earlier Friday starting time this year – to cram more in – and generally this seemed to have been welcomed.

The conference also warmly welcomed Professor Trisha Maynard from Swansea University as the new Chair of TACTYC. After an enjoyable and challenging six years as Chair I am pleased to be handing over to someone so eminent in the field of early childhood. Many of you will know Trisha’s extensive research into outdoor play. I am sure she will bring a breath of fresh air to the executive and to the wider organisation. I intend to stay involved in TACTYC and to work in particular with Jackie Eyles and Margaret Simms on future conferences. The date for our next conference is 6th November. This year it will be a one-day event in Birmingham (centrally located for easy access) but the organisers are looking for ideas on content and speakers so let me know your thoughts and suggestions.

Keep promoting TACTYC – our membership is growing (now over 400) and it is so important to have an active organisation that can lobby and debate on issues around children’s rights, training and professional development.

Best wishes to all
Pat Broadhead, retiring Chair (P.Broadhead@leedsmet.ac.uk)

EVALUATIONS – A selection