Stories and Storytelling in Early Learning and Care

Barnardos. (2021). Stories and Storytelling in Early Learning and Care.
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.