Our Story

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

I believe that as much as we teach children, they too are our greatest teachers. Having taught in Secondary, Primary and Early Years education and now being a parent to 2 beautiful children, I have learned so much and every single experience has led to Early Years Story Box being what it is today.

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, 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 they were familiar with my books (and I had used the illustrations from them), they started to talk about the characters and storylines as they were doing each activity. This gave them an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the moral concepts and as I asked some open-ended questions, they were then able to apply these concept to their own life, which helped them to make sense of the world and their role within in it; developing their self-awareness. As we were chit chatting and having the most magical conversation I had a light bulb moment and in that moment Early Years Story Box was born. Since then I have created a membership site that has a bank of storybooks with linking resources and other topic-based resources with self-awareness guides and I have also created a range of storybooks called The Memory Box Collection. These storybooks are given to children as gifts throughout the year. Each book comes with a free linking activity and Emotional well-being guide and has a memory section at the back that encourages children to relate the story to their own life. Everything that I create not only helps children to learn through fun & stories, but also supports my mission to teach children about self-awareness so that they can grow up with a foundation of happiness & inner confidence rather that having to discover it later in life.

If you work in an early years setting and are on a mission to make a difference to children and to give them the best start in life, I would love for you to take a look at our Memory Box Collection storybooks and our membership. Not only will they wow children and parents and nurture emotional well-being, but they will also dazzle Ofsted in your next inspection!

Meet the EYSB team…

Stacey

Founder, Former teacher
Writer & Illustrator

Mat

Logistics
Manager

Eleni

Quality Control Manager
(Chief Resource Tester)

Noah

Apprentice Resource
Tester