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A unique opportunity for ambitious wordsmiths

Busy Bees
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Written by Tim Barnes-Clay

Are you an ambitious children’s writer? Then this campaign could be just for you.

A leading childcare provider has launched a nationwide campaign to find a talented writer to create a series of stories aimed at pre-school children aged three to five years.

To mark National Share a Story Month, Busy Bees, which has more than 370 settings in the UK and Ireland, is offering a budding author the opportunity to inspire a generation and introduce young children to the wonderful world of books to help begin a life-long love of reading.

The chosen individual will develop stories based on the character Buzz, the company’s mascot.

Power of storytelling

Marg Randles, co-founder and chief academic officer at Busy Bees, said: “Since founding Busy Bees 35 years ago, Buzz the Bee has been a familiar character for both children and parents. Buzz is synonymous with our brand and we want to bring him to life through the power of storytelling. We are reaching out to anyone with creative flare to help us to develop a children’s story that will stand the test of time.

“We understand the many benefits reading has on a child’s development. That’s why we actively promote storytelling and creative writing within each of our settings. While we know that reading from a young age is proven to help shape children’s social and emotional development. As well as having a positive impact and prepares them well for school and their future love of learning.”

Endless creativity

During the month of May, Busy Bees nurseries will be celebrating National Share a Story Month by taking part in a variety of reading activities, Plus, encouraging children to bring to life well-known children’s stories beyond the pages of the book. 

Randles continued: “Young children are endlessly creative so we aim to find an author that can match their imagination. Anyone who wishes to apply for the author position should send an extract of work showcasing their writing style.”

The role is open to someone who is passionate about storytelling, with a background in writing for children and a deep understanding of the importance of engaging children in reading.

To apply, please send your work to