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Our Story

Hi, I’m Stacey Kelly, a former teacher, a parent to 2 beautiful children & the Founder of Early Years Story Box.

Having taught in Secondary, Primary and Early Years education I learned how to capture children’s imagination and how to create engaging resources that helped each unique child learn through fun.

A Journey Of Self-Discovery…

I’ve always believed in the power of personal development and have been on my own journey of self-discovery. As my self-awareness increased, my life transformed; I had more confidence, I felt more of a sense of belonging, my purpose unfolded and my relationships became more harmonious and respectful. Seeing the benefits of looking within strongly influenced my role as a teacher and meant that I always put great emphasis on nurturing children’s emotional well-being and helping them to make sense of the world and their role within it.

Finding Purpose Through Parenthood…

However, it wasn’t until I became a parent myself that it became my life’s mission to understand how our early years truly affect the path of our lives. I knew that what we see, hear and feel gives us an internal blueprint that then silently guides us throughout adulthood and I wanted to make sure that my babies grew up with a blueprint & self-awareness that allowed them to achieve the happiness & inner confidence that took me so long to find.

Finding Purpose Through Parenthood…

However, it wasn’t until I became a parent myself that it became my life’s mission to understand how our early years truly affect the path of our lives. I knew that what we see, hear and feel gives us an internal blueprint that then silently guides us throughout adulthood and I wanted to make sure that my babies grew up with a blueprint & self-awareness that allowed them to achieve the happiness & inner confidence that took me so long to find.

From Teacher To Author…

After my first baby was born, I left teaching but realised that as much as I loved being at home, I missed the creativity that teaching allowed me to have. I also realised that I would, one day, like to start my own business. Out of nowhere, when my daughter was just 4 months old, I got the idea to write and illustrate my own storybooks. My baby girl was quite unsettled (which gave me daily anxiety attacks!!) so I painted most of the illustrations with her asleep on my chest in a sling and after 2 months my first 2 storybooks had gone to print. I sold over 800 personalised versions of the books worldwide, however, I knew that this business wasn’t 100% right. Knowing how my life tends to unfold at the right time, I just went with the flow and sure enough the answers came.

Nobody Tells You About ‘Witching Hour’!

When my daughter was 3 and my little boy was 1, I was shocked to be hit by the dreaded witching hour (that time of day when your children go from angelic to what can only be described as feral). It amazed me how as a teacher, I could easily control 30 children, yet at this time of day I found it so hard to keep a handle on the 2 tiny (absolutely gorgeous) humans I had created! I decided to go back into teacher mode and create some fun resources to see if that worked. Having all of the illustrations from my books on my computer, I decided to just download a couple of the characters and scenes from the book and make some games and craft activities.

Nobody Tells You About ‘Witching Hour’!

When my daughter was 3 and my little boy was 1, I was shocked to be hit by the dreaded witching hour (that time of day when your children go from angelic to what can only be described as feral). It amazed me how as a teacher, I could easily control 30 children, yet at this time of day I found it so hard to keep a handle on the 2 tiny (absolutely gorgeous) humans I had created! I decided to go back into teacher mode and create some fun resources to see if that worked. Having all of the illustrations from my books on my computer, I decided to just download a couple of the characters and scenes from the book and make some games and craft activities.

A Business Born Through Motherhood…

Not only did my children absolutely LOVE these resources and learn a lot through them, I also realised that because my little girl was familiar with my books and I had used the illustrations from them, she started to talk about the characters and storylines, which gave her an opportunity to explore her imagination and gain a deeper understanding of the moral concepts. Not only that, as I asked her some open-ended questions, she was then able to apply these concept to her own life, which helped her to make sense of the world around her and her role within in it; developing her self-awareness. In this moment, I knew that I had found a business idea that would not only allow children to learn through fun & to explore their imagination, but that would also support my mission to teach children about self-awareness so that they could grow up with a foundation of happiness & inner confidence rather that having to discover it like I did.

If you are also on a mission to nurture every child’s emotional well-being and for them to learn through fun, I would love for you to sign up and come on this journey with me. You can try out one of my books and a few resources for free.
Click below to join me on this incredibly fulfilling journey…

Try Our FREE Membership

In our Free Membership you can see everything that is available in our Premium Membership and you also get access to…

  • 1 unique, digital storybook
  • 4 fun, printable activity packs
  • Accompanying planning guides
  • 2 additional resources
  • A supportive & inspiring online community

 

Try Our FREE Membership

In our Free Membership you can see everything that is available in our Premium Membership and you also get access to…

  • 1 unique, digital storybook
  • 4 fun, printable activity packs
  • Accompanying planning guides
  • 2 additional resources
  • A supportive & inspiring online community

 

Meet the EYSB team…

Stacey

Founder, Former teacher
Writer & Illustrator

Mat

Logistics
Manager

Eleni

Quality Control Manager
(Chief Resource Tester)

Noah

Apprentice Resource
Tester