Sara Stanley

Sara Stanley (BEdHons Cambs) has spent 26 years in the Foundation Stage classroom as both a teacher, Foundation stage leader and teacher educator. Her expertise is in the use of children’s literature in education. She trained in Philosophy for Children (P4C) in 1997 and has worked as an accredited trainer in the UK and in South Africa.

Since 2013 Sara has been involved in Early Years projects for the development of literacy and philosophical story play with the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa (PRAESA). She is guest lecturer at the University of Cape Town (PGCE Foundation Phase) and is a research associate and collaborator in the NRF project Decolonising Early Childhood Discourses which uses examples of her practice as research data. When not in the southern hemisphere Sara is a philosophical story world consultant and volunteer in the refugee camps of Northern France where she has created play spaces for young children. She is the author of But Why? (2008) and Why think?: Philosophical Play 3-11 (2012). Website: