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40th ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE

What a wonderful Conference … the hotel was magnificent and the Enterprise Centre Derby just brilliant!  Please keep an eye out here for a write-up of our excellent Conference which will appear soon.

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.

BOOK REVIEWS

We have a new book review about outdoor play with under 3’s – read it here. And a new Reflections paper about ‘In the Moment Planning’.

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.

WESTMINSTER EDUCATION FORUM UPDATE ‘CHANGES TO THE ELGs ARE CONTROVERSIAL’

Speaking at the Westminster Education Forum on 9th November, Professor Helen Bilton stated that “It is essential that the primary phase is adjusted to fit the early years phase. If you try to adjust the early years phase to fit the primary phase then you militate against a child’s developing self.  Early years education cannot be seen as the waiting room for proper education.”

Professor Bilton asked why the National Curriculum is not being adjusted “to fit the early years curriculum?”

Early years colleagues in attendance raised concerns about the lack of consultation and representation for the EYFS sector.

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. These include: Exploring the Contexts for Early Learning: Challenging the School Readiness Agenda by Rory McDowall Clark; Building Knowledge in Early Childhood Education: Young Children are Researchers by Jane Murray; Early Childhood Education and Care for Sustainability by Valerie Huggins and David Evans and Places for Two-year-olds in the Early Years: Supporting Learning and Development by Jan Georgeson and Verity Campbell-Barr.

BOLD BEGINNINGS – TACTYC’s RESPONSE 

TACTYC Exec and members are outraged at the recent OfSTED Report ‘Bold Beginnings’. We feel that it will cause long-term, detrimental effects on young children’s confidence, motivation and disposition to learn, as well as on their parents’ attitudes and early years teachers’ professional integrity.  Read our response here. And do let us have your views on the issues raised in the Report.  Already our evidence has been used – see here (around 11.23 mins).

Early Education has joined the debate and published a short article –  What’s wrong with Bold Beginnings? A summary for school leaders – offering advice for ways forward for practitioners and heads.

Nancy Stewart (our Vice Chair) and others met with OfSTED inspectors, the agreed outcome document being found here.

Di Chilvers from Watch Me Grow has written a challenging piece responding to ‘Bold Beginnings’ which she has allowed us to use in our Reflections pages.

Professor Colin Richards (a previous President of TACTYC and ex-HMI) has also followed up his previous open letter with this one, well worth a read.

EARLY YEARS JOURNAL

We have a new call for papersEarly Childhood Policies in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (Special Issue).  Global attention to the early years has reached unprecedented heights.  As countries scale up early childhood services, what are evidence-based policy strategies to meet the needs of the workforce? To what extent do early childhood policies address or reinforce inequities within and between countries? How are debates around measurement influencing policy efforts to make and monitor progress toward national and international goals? We are interested in papers that go beyond descriptions to include critical analyses of the challenges of formulating and/or implementing policies for young children and their families in low-resource contexts of the global south.

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