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Transitions Initiative

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 

Voices of children, young people and parents – #ChildrenAtTheHeart and #PowerOfYouth

'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.

Sad farewell and thank you to Nancy …..

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).

How to bid for this project click here

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.

Further information is here 

Early years issues: TACTYC members’ perspectives survey

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!

The survey link is here and the QR code is here 

Thank you! 

First 1001 Days Movement


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. 

Join in with our ‘blog posts’!

Join in with our 'blog posts' or contribute a blog post to share with all our members?

If you feel able to write a blog about the big issues / challenges / celebrations that you are facing during these recent unsettling times please do so. Ideally they should be between 500 and 750 words and must not include any names or clues to where in the country you are. If at the end they could include a couple of discussion questions this may support yourself and others to respond and to think or do things differently as a result of the blog. Please choose a title for your blog post. 

In addition to supporting practitioners at this challenging time they may also become an opportunity for the organisation to really see the needs of all kinds of settings during this time in history.

Please send all blogs to Penny Borkett (Trustee) on [email protected] who will check for editing before they become live. 


Childcare Survey

We believe that Government needs to help:

  • 41,000 self-employed registered childminders in England and Wales who are not eligible for the majority of financial support for businesses announced to date.
  • Just under 28,000 childcare on non-domestic premises who may be eligible for government business support but need that help today, not in a month’s time, as their business doesn’t have the cash flow to keep them afloat until government support is accessible.

So PACEY launched our COVID-19 closure survey today to demonstrate the impact of the forced closures across England and Wales. Childminders and other childcare providers are being urged to answer a few vital questions this week. By doing so, PACEY can demonstrate to government how many settings fear that temporary closure of their service to families, is likely to lead to permanent closure in six months to a year’s time

We know government advice to close has been necessary to help slow the spread of Coronavirus. We are urging every childcare provider to follow government guidance. But, we all have to recognise this will have a devastating impact on the long term sustainability of so many early years and childcare settings, services that families rely, services that have been underfunded for many years.

Of upmost urgency right now is support for the 41,000 registered childminders in England and Wales. Most do not qualify for the current government support available to business. They are self-employed sole traders; most do not deliver early education places so will not continue to receive that funding.  Most are on low incomes, many are single parents and, as of today, can only look to the benefit system for support.

PACEY shares government’s priority to support the childcare providers to survive the impact of Coronavirus and the closures it is forcing on so many of their businesses. More has to be done to understand the long-term impact and the support all childcare providers will need, especially childminders, so that there is a strong early years and childcare sector that families can rely on when we are all able to return to our normal working lives.

Please help us by sharing the survey with your staff, on your social media or other networks over the next week. Childcare providers can take part in the survey here …. 

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