An apprentice nursery worker from Kettering has bagged the top prize in a national storytelling competition.
The competition, launched to mark National Storytelling Week, gave children the chance to venture outside into nursery gardens or nearby parks and collect items to help them narrate their favourite stories.
Lucy Jakeways, a level 3 Leadership and Management learner from Busy Bees in Kettering, impressed the judges with her narration of popular children’s book Harry and his Bucket Full of Dinosaurs.
Lucy used puppets to engage children in the storytelling before extending the learning opportunities and introducing dinosaur-themed measuring and counting games.
As the winner of the competition, Lucy has won her nursery an exclusive storytelling masterclass delivered by author Ian Whybrow, writer of Harry and his Bucket Full of Dinosaurs.
Ian’s masterclass aims to offer the aspiring childcare professionals and the established nursery team helpful advice on how to ignite children’s imaginations and aid their development through storytelling, drawing on his experience as a prolific writer of children’s books.
Lucy said: “I wanted to start with a story that the children all know and love and then really bring it to life with the narrative.
“Cutting out dinosaur footprints to put in the hallway and using puppets throughout the story seemed like the perfect way to make it interactive for the children.”