Storyplay is an approach to early literacy teaching that focuses on enabling meaningful and imaginative literacy learning in young children.  Adults introduce reading and writing with children in ways that draw on and enhance their oral language use, support and encourage their use of imagination, problem solving and play at the same time as they learn essential technical skills.

Storyplay has been developed by PRAESA to help transform the literacy learning opportunities of young children from birth to six years old. It is informed by the understanding that all young children have the right to an education rooted in storytelling and quality experiences with print in contexts of use.

Guided by PRAESA’s many years of research and development work in multilingual settings, Storyplay is framed by Tina Bruce’s 10 principles of early childhood education, draws on and adapts Vivian Gussin Paley’s story-telling and story acting curriculum and Sara Stanley’s work on philosophical play with young children.

A growing body of research by applied linguists, educationalists, and child psychologists over the past 20 years has established the educational significance of story-telling and imaginary play in early childhood (Cremin et al 2017). Storyplay incorporates all of the features identified as highly desirable in the research.


Watch a short introduction to the principles of Storyplay.

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