In four communities, the B4 Community Story Tellers Project was piloted to test the effectiveness of a skilled, peer-to-peer transfer of early years knowledge through storytelling – the peers being natural community story tellers or leaders, not necessarily early years professionals.
“…the fastest way to increase community understanding of the importance of the early years and change behaviours is to upskill specific people within communities that are trusted and more likely to be able to influence other community members, with storytelling skills and knowledge of the importance of the early years.”
Healthy Tasmania. 2019 B4 Early Years Story Tellers Project Final report. P.2. Internal document
Natural story tellers/leaders were targeted as:
“there is a known and worrying gap between the expert and public understanding of the early years development in Australia,”
Kendall-Taylor, L. Lindland, E. (2013). P.13. Modernity, Morals and More Information: Mapping the Gaps Between Expert and Public Understanding of Early Child Development in Australia. Frameworks Institute.
The pilot was highly successful in its aims to increase participants’ ability to have an early years conversation. B4 is now working to find a pathway forward to roll out this project more widely.