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Interactive, child led storytelling resources for early years. Provided with online training. Proven to impact many areas of learning.

Tales Toolkit

location_on United Kingdom
Award winning Tales Toolkit provides interactive, child led resources for early years using symbols representing story structure. Resources give children independence to create stories around interests using anything to hand! Provided with online training and on-going support. Proven to impact language, creativity, literacy, social skills, problem solving and close the gender gap in literacy.
Liz, Early Years Lead, Primary School, UK
'Tales Toolkit is now part of our culture. It permeates everything we do... conflict and resolution, experimentation with new ideas and concepts, dealing with everyday problems and situations!'

Liz, Early Years Lead, Primary School, UK


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Innovation Overview

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30 000
Updated on September 9th, 2021
about the innovation

What is Tales Toolkit?

Story is a super powerful learning gizmo. Created by teachers, Tales Toolkit is a Toolkit for creating Tales.

Our interactive, open ended, child led resources for early years use easy to remember symbols for Character, Setting, Problem, Solution giving children a tool to independently create and write magical tales.

Resources come with online training for schools and on-going support to ensure maximum impact is made across many areas of learning.  

Families can join in too, creating tales together at home. During the Coronavirus pandemic, a Tales Toolkit parent website was created to support home learning, free to all families of member schools.

Check out the benefits

The littlest of people have the biggest potential. Tales Toolkit makes a difference where it matters, early on, setting children up for later success. Read on for some of the benefits of using Tales Toolkit.

Tales Toolkit proven to impact

• Social & emotional skills 

• Language and communication

• Literacy

• Creativity

• Boy writing

And lots more!

Read the full research report from Goldsmiths University of London.

Few more reasons why Tales Toolkit is great

• Fun for both children and staff

• Little or no planning for teachers

• Involves children at different levels and needs

• Adapts to fit with your community, curriculum and children’s interests

• Easy to use

• Team building, everyone trains together

Just a few testimonials, we have lots more!

'All staff have embraced Tales Toolkit with enthusiasm and we’re reaping the benefits from our equally enthusiastic children. Our children are talking more, confidently telling creative stories, as well as engaging in mark making earlier than we usually see it.' Headteacher 

"Tales Toolkit offers a framework for supporting children’s first steps in making up stories . We recommend Tales Toolkit to other schools in our teaching school alliance. We think it’s a really powerful approach to boosting communication and imaginative play and we’re very comfortable with how it fits in with our overall early year’s ethos." Dr Julian Grenier. 

'A real strength is the quality of the training materials which bring together a wealth of sound practice in an accessible and supportive format which you can watch again and again, and we have! Definitely one of the best resources we have bought this year.' Headteacher 

'A resource that enables children to articulate the stories that matter to them is definitely worth having. Tales Toolkit is such a resource, giving children a simple but highly effective means of exploring, creating and telling the stories that are important to them. ' Alistair Bryce Clegg (Author, blogger, Global speaker and inspirer of teachers)


Achievements & Awards

July 2021
Winner of Mercers' Special Initiative in Early Years Grant Funding
July 2021
Education Resources Awards 2021 Highly Commended for Early Years Resource
July 2021
Education Resources Awards 2021 Winner for Classroom Teaching Aid
January 2020
Winner of the OVO Foundation Grant for development of Tales Toolkit Parent training
September 2019
Gold Nursery World Award for Prime Areas of learning
September 2019
Gold Nursery World Award for Literacy
August 2019
Teach Early Years Awards 2019
February 2018
Teach Early Years Finalist 2018
May 2017
Winner of UnLtd Grow it Award
March 2016
Winner of UnLtd Do it award
December 2015
Teach First Innovation Award Winners
September 2015
Winners of Teach First Community Choice Award

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