Tales Toolkit, members of cohort 8 of the UCL EDUCATE programme, has won double Gold in this year’s Nursery World Awards.
The company was a winner in the Prime Areas and Literacy categories in the publication’s World Equipment & Resources Awards.
Tales Toolkit provides interactive, child-led resources aimed at early years, using easy to remember symbols representing story structure.
The innovative resources give children independence to create and write stories around their interests using anything to hand. Resources are provided with online training and support for early years practitioners to ensure maximum impact is made across many areas of learning.
Tales Toolkit has been proven to impact language, literacy, creativity, social skills, problem solving and close the gender gap in literacy, all with little or no planning involved for the teacher.
Kate Shelley, Tales Toolkit’s founder, said: “We’re big fans of Nursery World so we’re really honoured to win this award. We wouldn’t have got this far without all the people supporting us and the brilliant schools using Tales Toolkit, so this gives appreciation to all their hard work and faith in us.
“Being part of the UCL EDUCATE programme helped us to consolidate the work we were doing and to communicate the effects of our work through research.”
“Ultimately it’s about making a difference for the children using Tales Toolkit, but it is always great to get a little recognition.”
The awards are not the first time that Tales Toolkit has been recognised for its work.
Last year, Goldsmiths University of London’s Unit for School and Family Studies released a report showing the impact of Tales Toolkit . The study found that early years settings using Tales Toolkit showed increased levels in literacy, communication and language, creativity and social-emotional skills and saw the gender literacy gap close with a focus on boys writing.
Schools using Tales Toolkit reported that children improved across all learning areas and found lesson more enjoyable.