1. Welcome

    2. Registered SandStory Skills® Practitioner Training Program

    3. SandStory Skills® Early Years

    4. Flexible, Online and On-demand Training

    5. What is SandStory Skills® Practitioner Training?

    6. How does SandStory Skills® help children?

    7. The 5 Stages

    8. A Flexible Approach

    9. Course Structure

    10. Qualifying and Certification

    11. Your Next Steps

    1. Start here!

    2. Registration Form

    3. All about you

    4. Modules

    5. Films

    6. Sand Energies Video

    7. Simple Figure Set Video

    8. Stories in the Sand Video

    9. Structured Sets Video

    10. Symbols Video

    11. Tessa's Story in the Sand

    12. Wonder Boxes

    13. Small World Table-Top Play Video

    14. Zen Sand Tray

    1. Key resources

    2. Resource List

    3. PTDM

    4. Play Therapy Continuum Model

    5. Billy & Flic 5 Stages

    6. Logo 5 Stages

    7. Billy & Flic Prompt cards Set 1

    8. Set 2

    9. Set 3

    10. Set 4

    11. Prompt cards -Questions

    1. Planning Guidance notes

    2. SSS Session sheet

    3. SSS Checklist Sample

    4. SSS Checklist

    5. SandStory Skills Cover Sheet

    1. Modules

    2. Module 1

    3. Module 2

    4. Module 3

    5. Module 4

    6. Module 5

    7. Module 6

    8. Module 7

    9. Module 8

    10. Module 9

    11. The First Session with Your Storyteller

    1. Peg Doll Film

When you tell your story you are opening the door and setting off on a wonderous journey. Your story comes through you, through all of you, from your past, your present and it gives a frame to your future self. Sometimes the door is flung wide open. Sometimes the door is pushed just a little, but either way the journey begins. SandStory Skills® guides your storyteller as they begin to tell their story and it helps turn their feelings into pictures.

  • SandStory Skills® provides you with the skills, the structure and the support to ensure you are working safely and confidently with those in your care. SandStory Skills® is not a therapy, so you don’t need to be a qualified therapist to deliver this creative skills-based programme. You will draw on and extend your existing strengths as a professional working with those in need of additional emotional support.

Start your story

I am delighted and proud, in equal measure, to bring SandStory Skills® to you on this platform! You have the flexibility to access the entire course as soon as you sign up giving you the choice of where and when you view the modules- morning, noon or night! Each of the 9 modules are ready to go and there are checklists, planning resources and illustrated cards, all free to download, to support your sessions with your child or young person. You also have 3 free Zoom creative coaching sessions with me to help you get going. You really do have all you need in one place to become a Registered SandStory Skills® Practitioner.

Is this course right for me?

SandStory Skills® is aimed at people who are responsible for the emotional well-being and personal development of children, young people and adults in their care:

  • Childminders, Nannies, Nursery Managers and Workers

  • Teachers & Teaching Assistants/One-to Ones, LSAs, Learning Mentors SENCOs (Special Educational Needs Coordinator), ELSAs (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants), Nurture Group leaders

  • Pastoral Teams, Social Work Assistants

  • Emotional Wellbeing Practitioners, Behaviour Support Practitioners/ PRU (Pupil Referral Unit) Teams, Residential Support Workers, Youth Workers, Youth Offending Team Officers, Play Workers and Therapeutic Play Workers

  • Parents and Foster carers


“A very warm CONGRATULATIONS to Sarah Day for qualifying as a 'Certified SandStory Skills® Trainer'! Sarah has worked incredibly hard and has created a really bespoke training package where she has thoughtfully considered the needs and how to support her participant group. It's a beautiful training, rich in content and with her warm approachable style! Lara Kasza SandStory Skills® creator”

Lara Kasza

“My fellow play therapist, Sarah Day, has developed an online course that offers a creative and therapeutic way of offering children support. Sarah is a kind, gentle, sincere person and this content will have been lovingly created. Angela Gillen Certified Play Therapist”

Angela Gillen

“SandStory Skills® was so useful. It re-informed my practice and provided me with a framework to create a safe and contained space in which my patients could be held. Thank you Sarah for your gentle guidance. Josephine Sama Registered SandStory Skills® Practitioner 2021”

Josephine Sama

“ I wanted to find a new approach, more gentle and playful to help and support young children express their thoughts and experiences. I cannot recommend this course enough not only for the content and skills you gain to be a Sand Story Practitoner but the knowledge and understanding of your own role and responsibilities. I have gained so much knowledge and confidence on how to work safely and effectively in my everyday work. I will now re-evaluate and reconstruct my practice and how I work with the knowledge I have gained from this course. Fantastic course and resources. Thankyou Michelle Hore Registered SandStory Skills® Practitioner 2021”

Michelle Hore

“I work with young children with Autism and with ex Young Offenders. I really wanted to add some sensory skills to my portfolio. I started this amazing course in January 2022 and developed a huge passion for SandStories through Sarah Day. I found the course so relaxing and mindful I ended up designing sand trays in the evening! I cannot recommend this course enough. ”

Claire Smith

Course Fee

Get started now. Your investment to become a SandStory Skills® Practitioner including; on demand access to the 9 modules, free downloadable illustrated resources, planning tools, assessment tools, on-going support once qualified, 14 CPD points awarded by the International SandStory Association and qualification as a Registered SandStory Skills® Practitioner is £300.


  • How long do I have access to the course?

    Once you've enrolled and paid, you'll have access to the course material for as long as you need. So devour it all in one weekend or take things slow. It's your choice! The coaching sessions should be taken within 6 months of enrollment. Should you require extra coaching, no problem, we can arrange that!

  • What if I'm unhappy with my purchase?

    Well, I would be sad. But if you're really unhappy with the course, just email me after you have watched the first Module for a full refund minus a necessary admin fee.

  • Can SandStory Skills® be used with groups of children?

    SandStory Skills® is designed with safe working in mind so it is to be used with one listener and one storyteller at a time.

  • I have another question?

    I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send me an email at [email protected]