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EYFS staff:child ratios (DfE approved qualifications updated)

EYFS staff:child ratios – DfE approved qualifications: update The Department for Education (DfE) has updated its document ‘Early years qualifications: pre-September 2014’ to include early years practice qualifications and to clarify the merger of Edexcel and Pearson awarding organisations.…

Improving the home learning environment. A behaviour change approach DfE guidance

Improving the home learning environment: DfE guidance for early years settings and experts,  voluntary and community sector organisations and businesses. This behaviour change model sets out an approach that all organisations can use to inform their activities, to ensure that the advice given to families is consistent and based on evidence.…

Early Outcomes DfE Fund

The DfE launched a new Early Outcomes Fund: grants for local authorities on 15th November 2018. The aim is to offer funding for local authorities to work together in partnership to improve early language outcomes for 0 to 5 year olds through high quality local services.…

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40th ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE

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.

Latest Reflections paper

Read Rachel Hingston's paper 'Two Birds with one stone' where Rachel draws on comparisons of mealtimes in both Spanish and English nurseries to make recommendations about supporting young children's language development at the same time as encouraging healthy eating habits.

MEMBERS: PLEASE BE AWARE .....

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).

OCCASIONAL PAPER 11 is here!

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.

STUDENT REFLECTIONS AWARD 2018

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.

MEETING WITH THE DFE ABOUT THE REVISION OF THE ELGs IN THE EYFS

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.

BOOK REVIEWS

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

STOP PRESS!

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 NEWSLETTER HERE ONLINE

CONSULTATIONS

TACTYC has responded to the Labour Party's consultant on education - here it is. TACTYC has also recently made a submission to the Education Committee Life Chances inquiry - find it here.

TACTYC BOOK SERIES

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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