At school and nursery

Ten ready-to-go active story experiences!

Just £99.99 a year
  • Fantastic value (just £9.99 per story!)
  • Parents save!
  • The children learn & develop while having fun!
  • 10 stories, activities and resources for school & nursery
  • This is an annual plan, it's billed yearly
  • You are free to cancel at any time 
  • Option to share the stories with the parents at heavily reduced rates!
  • Earn money with 10% of each parent sale going back to your school/nursery!
A sneak peek into our world!
"The flexibility is great. We often do just the warm up and story as a filler - for example before lunch. But we have now set aside Mondays and Fridays to run the full session with all the activities. We can't wait for more episodes to come out!" 
Jess, Preschool room, Scallywags nursery
"It's so fun and silly - it has the children roaring with laughter.
The sessions are really simple to follow and are organised into short fast-paced sections that the teacher can easily navigate." 
Sarah Russell-Smith, Pre-reception teacher, Greater London
"I love how excited the children are, and the questions and engagement we have from the parents!"
Jenna Lee, Deputy Nursery Manager, Oakham

Key themes

Our stories cover a wide range of themes including:
  • Pirates, map reading
  • Streams, rivers, the sea, salmon, nature
  • Pancake day
  • Christmas
  • Conkers, countryside & maps
  • Fireworks and dragons
  • Dragons, friendship and kindness
  • Growing vegetables, garden birds and scarecrows
  • Bus ride, school trip, farmer!
  • Space adventure
Autumn term suggestions

Countryside Adventure
The Friendly Dragon
Fireworks Dragon
Daisy's Christmas party

Spring term suggestions

Grandpa's Birthday pancake
Samantha's Crazy Dream
Space Adventure

The stories can be run at any time and relived at will.

However, here are some suggestions by term!
Summer term suggestions

Hope's vegetable treasure
Pirate Treasure Hunt
Arla's Bus ride

Each story has it's own key theme, but the beauty of stories is that every one is also packed with sub-themes. This means that that no matter what topic you are working on or no matter where the children's interests take them, one of our stories is sure to touch on something that fits!

Make learning through active stories part of your day-to-day!

A wide range of themes

Our stories cover a wide range of themes from Space to the natural world... and from pirates to growing vegetables!

Highly developmental

The children get to actively live the stories, and in so doing, develop:
  • Listening & speaking skills
  • A rich vocabulary
  • physical coordination
  • emotional awareness & empathy

Empowering for staff

Each workshop is super easy to follow and will encourage interaction between your team and the children in new ways!
  • Your staff will run quality, coherent sessions with no planning
  • Plenty of tips and ideas to use as stand alone activities at other times
  • Printable song words to keep the fun & learning going when not logged on

Supports EYFS

Every story comes with a detailed breakdown of the session activity by activity in line with the EYFS learning areas.
  • Allows for quick and easy observations during a session
  • Supports your planning
  • Easily gives evidence of delivery of quality developmental activities for OFSTED

Totally flexible

Unlike with external activity providers, with Animateys you are in control!
  • Your choice of story, when it suits you
  • Let the children choose!
  • Repeat them in part or in full at a time to suit you
  • Interactive video: so you can skip, repeat activities and mould the workshops to suit your needs!

Share with the parents & save money!

Following requests from Nursery managers, you now have the opportunity to share with the children
  • Highly discounted At Home memberships for parents
  • Maximum exposure & benefit for children
  • 10% of each "At Home" sale back to you
  • Potential to raise funds for your school/nursery

Browse or search the the stories below!

Please note, with our membership option, the stories do not expire.
When purchased individually, access is unlimited for 6 weeks.

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"It's really good to have the staff so involved and active. There are a couple of staff members who tend to feel a bit daunted by circle time.
Animateys pushes them outside their comfort zone in a really fun way."
Jess, pre-school room, Day nursery, oakham
"The children are really engaged.
The consolidation activities ensure they can retell the stories themselves through movement
AND they expand vocabulary too.
So much learning and in such a fun way!"
Mrs Thompson, year 1 teacher, Herts

Frequently asked questions

What exactly do I need to run a session?

You need:
  • A screen big enough for the children to see and hear it (A laptop would do for small groups as long as sound is good enough, a laptop plugged into a TV, or an interactive TV would be perfect for larger groups. Note: Some settings use an ipad - this works for very small groups - but you'll need to find a way to prop it up for everyone to be able to see.. You can't hold and run the session)
  • An internet connection
  • A willing member of staff to run the session (You will be known as Chief Animatey)
  • Enough space for the children to move around/ dance.
  • Any props (The first section of each session outlines the suggested props. Please note they can ALWAYS be done without props if easier for you.
  • A sense of fun!

What exactly will I have to do as the person who runs the session?

We bring the material and structure but Animateys sessions are your sessions. You remain in control at all times. You can skip/repeat activities as needed; you will re-group the children after every activity and you will decide if you want certain activities to be done around the room or on the spot ... sitting or standing etc.

The magic of digital can bring so much but no screen can ever replace you. Animateys is all about the interaction between you and the children- the more you get involved, the more the children will gain from the experience.

There will be times when we ask ask you to do specific silly things e.g. inflate like a balloon or water the children with your imaginary watering cans. And there will be times when we hand over a game entirely to you. Everything is guided though so you can focus on playing with the children and not worrying about planning!

I am wary of screen time. Convince me why I should be bringing a digital product into my nursery/school...

When used wisely, the power of digital can open so many doors for nurseries and schools - it's really exciting! However, we firmly believe the power of digital should used as enabler to do other things - never as an end in itself.

Animateys uses the magic that is digital to transport our drama practitioners (together with our stories, structures, games and years of experience) directly into your setting - to enable YOU to run your own tried and tested workshops:
  • with no planning;
  • at a fraction of the cost of the hiring in an activity provider;
  • and with full flexibility to run the session you want, when you want.

External practitioners are marvellous (when you get a good one). But they are so expensive, and they are gone again after their half hour slot.

Thanks to the power if digital, your own staff are the ones interacting with the children - and they are free to repeat the stories and activities as it suits you and the children. being so involved in the sessions can be extremely motivating for staff too!

Of course, you can - and you do - run your own amazing sessions with the children all the time. Animateys is exciting because we've already done the years of writing, planning, testing, amending etc... so you don't have to! And we have lots of them ready to go across a wide range of topics - so you can just log on, pick the story that suits and enjoy it with the children!

We hope you are starting to see why we are quite so excited about how Animateys uses digital. Please do contact us and ask for a free trial session to see it in action!
Our Creative team

The faces behind Animateys

Helen Hooper
Founder, author of the stories and activities, editor and a bit of pretty much everything!
Helen co-founded an award-winning storytelling business well over a decade ago has lived and breathed storytelling for the early years ever since. Helen wanted to make these (and other) wonderful story experiences more accessible and affordable for nurseries & schools by taking them online - empowering staff in the process!
Christine Turner
Watercolour artist - Animateys' wonderful illustrator!
Christine's magical paintings form the heart of Animateys. Christine brings Helen's characters to life in the most colourful and engaging of ways.

Charlie Clee
Charlie is a professional actor who specialises in Shakespeare. He has turned his hand effortlessly to presenting for children! He takes on the silliest of characters and really gets the children actively engaged!
Natalia Luz
editor, animator
Natalia ha joined the team with the release of Samantha's Crazy Dream and with her wonderful skills has helped us take our creation to the next level. Her animations are just fabulous! We can't wait for more stories edited by Natalia!