New resources to support younger children's social and emotional development during the challenging times of Covid-19. The activity cards are free to download and are designed for parents, carers and family members of children aged 3-5 years to support their transition back to nursery/childcare or starting school. The activities are divided into the following topics: Feelings, communication, friendship, solving problems, change & loss and moving forward. More information about the project here.
TACTYC and Early Education are busy lobbying for key recommendations to support transition into settings and schools - read the press release here.
As the two leading early years charities, TACTYC and Early Education feel that returning to existing nursery or school provision in the autumn will provide children with the best transitions. We are recommending that entry into nursery, reception and Key Stage 1 should be delayed by up to a term to help children settle, build confidence and be resilient. Read the Transition recommendations and Transition Letter colleagues, Transition Letter parents and carers.
The Observer features the main points here
'Put children at the heart of the recovery'
150+ organisations, and counting, are calling on the Government to put children at the heart of the recovery process. The statement to the Prime Minister is here, followed by a full list of the 150+ signatories. The statement was published on Tuesday, 30th June.
The activity on social media is fantastic so far and BBC News online have covered our call here! Thank you and please join in! We encourage you all to respond to the call using #ChildrenAtTheHeart and #PowerOfYouth as well as continuing to promote children and young people’s voices today and beyond.
Here are some videos promoting children and young people’s voices to the social media pack here.
On Saturday, TACTYC Trustees are sad to announce that Nancy is stepping down from her role as Chair of TACTYC after many years of dedicated service. On behalf of everyone involved in the ECEC field we thank Nancy for her inspiring contribution to the lives of children and families through her influence on policy makers and her work with students as well as with professional colleagues.
We wish her all the very best for the future.
Please do feel free to pass on your thanks to Nancy and fond memories to [email protected] and we will ensure that Nancy sees them.
INVITATION TO TENDER FOR TACTYC RESEARCH PROJECT 2020
Following on from the success of previous commissioned studies, TACTYC invites proposals for a new research project:
Systematic literature review of international research evidence on the impact of staff qualification levels in ECEC on the experiences of and outcomes for children and families.
The project is expected to begin on 21 September 2020 and to reach completion with submission of the final report no later than end April 2021. In light of the Covid-19 situation, TACTYC will consider reviewing dates if necessary.
The maximum funding payable for this work will be £12,000 (inclusive of VAT).
The deadline for receipt of proposals is 17.00 hours BST on 30th June 2020. An email acknowledging receipt will be sent within 48 hours of the deadline. Proposals received after the deadline time will not be considered.
New Occasional Paper 15 ready to read and share!
'The re/constructed role of nursery schools as local community hubs in the current context of austerity' written by Dr Kate Hoskins, Dr Alice Bradbury and Mr Lewis Fogarty: Brunel University London.
Early years issues: TACTYC members' perspectives survey
We have put together this survey to enable all our members to share stories of recent issues that concern you acoss the ECEC sector. This includes how the sector is responding to the outbreak of Coronavirus.
The survey takes around 10 minutes to complete. All information will be anonymous, and it will not be possible for anyone to identify your responses. We will use the information to select forum topics at our upcoming conference, and shape our response to policy developments and consultations.
We appreciate you taking the time to consider responding to this survey. Your voice matters!
CHARITIES CALL ON GOVERNMENT TO TAKE URGENT ACTION TO KEEP BABIES SAFE
Today, over 40 leading mental health, family and children’s charities and professional bodies are calling on national and local decision makers to give urgent attention to the wellbeing of babies, toddlers and their parents during the COVID-19 crisis. Read the call to action report here.