Barnardos. (2021). Stories and Storytelling in Early Learning and Care. https://knowledge.barnardos.ie/handle/20.500.13085/78
Telling stories is an ancient and important way for humans to share and interpret
our experiences, and to learn about ourselves, the world around us and other
people. Children are never too young for stories and most children have a natural
love of stories that create magic and a sense of wonder at the world.
Developing and maintaining a good relationship with the children in your early
learning and care setting and doing all you can to support their wellbeing,
learning and development is hugely important. Storytelling and story reading are
among the most enjoyable ways to do this, whether this is individually, in small
groups or, occasionally, in large groups. Sharing stories is a great way to spend
quality time with the children and to strengthen the relationship they have with
you, helping them to feel cared for, safe and secure.
This resource outlines how stories support children’s learning and development,
and offers guidance on ways to engage children and make the most of the stories
you tell them.
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