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Our 2021 one-day free online conference brings together leaders, speakers and early childhood colleagues to debate and discuss transition for the 21st century

Where have we been, where are we now, and where are we going? TACTYC is delighted to present this special online conference for all those working in early childhood education and care, including practitioners, advisors, EYs leaders and academics. The conference will focus on ‘Transitions’: Professional Development for the 21st Century.…
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Do Better- Tackling Racism in Early Years Education and Care’

Diane Garrison’s poignant and timely paper ‘Do Better- Tackling Racism in Early Years Education and Care’  won last years student reflections award. Join us for a live webinar on Thursday the 25th of March at 6:30pm where Diane will share her reflections on cultural insensitivity, bias and assumptions and the need for those who work with the youngest children to ‘Do Better’.…
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OUR GOOD NEWS FOR 2019 IS ......!

We are delighted to tell you that we have been awarded Charitable Status as of now.  The Exec will have to get to grips with what all this means in the new year and our committee will be reconsidered then.  Currently we have six Trustees.  More news after our first meeting on the 9th January.

The first Reflections paper of the year...

Read Linda Withey's paper about a project supporting parents to understand the role they play in young children's language development through 'Chit-chat' everyday.


We have a new 'Call for Papers' on Early Childhood Education and Care in Latin America here and on our Journal's pages.  And we say goodbye to one of our long-standing editors:  Professor Pamela Oberhuemer has recently retired and we wish her well in her retirement and thank her most sincerely for all her work on behalf of the Journal and TACTYC.


What a wonderful Conference ... the hotel was magnificent and the Enterprise Centre Derby just brilliant! See the full report here.

Why do so few men work in the UK early years sector…and why should we care?

Dr Jo Warin and Dr Jeremy Davies have launched their two-year study GenderEYE (Gender Diversification in Early Years Education) - an international and UK based study, with a focus on recruitment , retention and support for men in the early years education workforce. This coincides with International Men’s Day on 19th November. Worth a look ....? 

Quality Assurance of CPD for Teachers

The Chartered College of Teaching, alongside the Teacher Development Trust and Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University are undertaking a project jointly funded by Wellcome Trust and the Education Endowment Foundation to design and test a system to quality assure the provision of continuing professional development for teachers. The online consultation closed recently but if you would like to respond, further information is available here.


We shall be closing the TACTYC Current Account on the 31st March, 2019. This means that any subscriptions paid to that account MUST be changed to the Treasurer Account before that date.  We do want you all to be part of our campaigns and help us sustain pressure on governments and institutions to make excellent provision for early years professional development and young children, so WE NEED YOU!   Please amend your standing orders now please and ensure that any bank transfers are made into the new Account (see members only part of the website).


Mimi Tatlow-Golden (Open University) has written an excellent paper entitled ‘Big, strong and healthy’? Children, food and eating in the early years, and the role preschools can play, in which she encourages all practitioners to 'support children and their families to grow not-too-big, very strong, and definitely healthy, by engaging in the evidence-based strategies' outline in the Paper.  A must read.


We are delighted to announce the winner of this year's Student Reflections Award is Megan Taddeo, a post-graduate student of the University of Winchester with a paper entitled 'Listening to children creates Better Beginnings'. Runner-up was Rachel Hingston from the University of Plymouth with 'Two birds with one stone: How putting the value back into mealtimes can improve children’s communication and long-term health'. Megan's paper can be read here.


The notes available here describe some of the main discussion points between colleagues from TACTYC and the DfE at a meeting held on  13th July 2018 in response to the current draft ELGs being piloted over the next academic year.


We have a new book review about outdoor play with under 3's - read it here.


Please read this recently published article 'The views of teachers, parents and children on the Phonics Screening Check: the continuing domination of politics over evidence' by Margaret M Clark OBE Also see Education Journal (10 July 2018)  'Evidence based policy?' BERA has just released its Report on Baseline Assessment, which is very well formulated - read it here. Early Education has made a strong comment on the revised EYFS and ELGs - read it here.

MEMBERS:  Do read our Latest online NEWSLETTER HERE 


TACTYC's Book Series has added a sixth book to its collection: recently launched is Gina Houston's book: Racialisation in Early Years Education: Black Children's Stories from the Classroom. All the books in the series are available from Routledge.
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Conference and AGM 2016

CONFERENCE/AGM 2016: a great success! Title:  Principled Early Years Practice: Valuing our past, debating our present, inspiring our future Date: Saturday 19th November, 2016.   Venue: Park Crescent Conference Centre, International Students House, 229 Great Portland Street, London. W1W 5PN. CONFERENCE REPORT More than 80 delegates attended TACTYC’s one-day 2016 Conference at the Park Crescent Conference Centre, adjacent to the International Student House in London.…
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Conferences & AGM 2013

Title: The Early Years Continuum: Exploring and valuing high quality practice and research in early years Dates: Friday, 1st and Saturday, 2nd November 2013 Venue: The International Convention Centre (ICC), Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EA, UK Keynote by Vasudevi Reddy | Early Years editors’ Journal report | Chair’s report | Website report We enjoyed another highly successful TACTYC Conference and AGM in 2013, with the International Convention Centre, Birmingham as our venue for the second year running.…
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2012 Conference/AGM

Date: Saturday, 10th November 2012 Venue: The International Conference Centre, Birmingham Topic: Developing Early Years Practice: Reflecting on developments in practice and research TACTYC Conference goes from strength to strength Early years educators this year’s TACTYC conference experienced yet another outstanding opportunity to be stimulated, challenged and supported in their professional development.…
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2011 Conference/AGM

Date: 11th and 12th November 2011 Venue: Marriott Hotel, Tadcaster Road, York, YO24 1QQ Topic: ‘Ready’ for School? Research, Reflection and Debate. A research into practice conference Yet again, it seems that TACTYC pulled out all the stops and created a stunning conference.…
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2010 Conference/AGM

Date: 13th November 2010 Venue: Novotel, Broad Street, Birmingham Topic: Grounds for play: exploring risk in the outdoor early years environment. Over 100 delegates attended this year’s excellent conference and, of those, 42 were present at the AGM – a really good turnout all round.…
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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.…
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