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About Us

Welcome to Milestones & Mayhem - a proudly Australian-owned small business celebrating the milestones of our children and the mayhem that comes with raising them! 

Every child deserves the chance to become a confident and engaged communicator, at their own pace and in their own way. 

That’s why we pride ourselves on creating high-quality, modern educational resources for kids of all ages and abilities, in collaboration with leading speech pathologists, teachers and occupational therapists.

From puzzles and tracing boards, to phonics kits and emotional literacy tools, our range is proudly designed and manufactured on the South Coast of New South Wales,  using responsibly-sourced materials that perfectly complement the Early Years Learning Framework

By making learning meaningfulfun and engaging, our resources help lay the groundwork for helping kids learn to read, write and express themselves authentically in school, at home and in therapeutic environments. 

At Milestones & Mayhem, while we are passionate about nurturing kids’ confidence and skills, we also deeply care about supporting you - the amazing and determined parents, carers, early childhood educators, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, and teachers - who work tirelessly to give our kids the best chance to develop their literacy and numeracy skills.

As a registered provider for the NSW Creative Kids program, you can also redeem your voucher with us. We have a great range of kits available, all with detailed lesson plans and ongoing support to help your child develop new skills.

We also offer a unique Play Collection sourced from Australian-owned & designed manufacturers that perfectly accompanies what we create in-house; all produced throughout the world in fairtrade conditions by highly skilled craftspeople. 

And, just in case that doesn’t have you covered, we also create custom business signage, personalised decor pieces like plaques and baby milestone cards, and our Celebrations Collection will help you mark all the important moments in life from Christmas to Mother’s Day and beyond! 

When you buy from Milestones & Mayhem, you are supporting:
  • Australian-designed and manufactured
  • Responsibly-sourced and sustainable products
  • Inclusive and engaging learning resources for kids of all ages and abilities 
  • Evidence-based tools that complement the Early Years Learning Framework
  • A woman-run small business, passionate about helping kids thrive and the adults who support them

 

Meet our Founder

Hi, I’m Sarah - the Founder of Milestones & Mayhem. Thank you so much for visiting our corner of the internet and supporting Australian small business!  

 

 

I started my career in graphic design when my daughter was in kinder. I'll always remember, on the morning of my design diploma entrance exam, she proudly told me how to turn on an Apple Mac, at just six years old - she was quite the expert! 

For 15 years, I worked as a graphic designer across Packaging and Product Design, Visual Identity and Publication, Marketing and Advertising, Sublimation Printing and Car Vinyl Application. I loved it all, but when my son arrived in 2012, I wanted to keep my design skills sharp while giving me the flexibility to be at home with him. So, I started Milestones & Mayhem, originally creating unique handmade wedding and event stationery. 

 

My kiddo's Darcy & Joey

At three years old, my son was diagnosed with ADHD, and a few years later he was further diagnosed with Autism. As parents who've travelled this path will know, you do anything you can to support your child, but I had trouble finding quality resources and learning tools that were appropriate and engaging for him. 

So, drawing on my design experience, I started to create them myself from my studio and seeking input from a range of leading speech pathologists, teachers and occupational therapists. 

I started out creating activity plaques, before branching into handwriting tools and emotional literacy resources - knowing that, if my son found them helpful and engaging, they could help others too. The feedback I was consistently getting was that they were making it easier for his teachers and therapists, and they were certainly making a difference at home. I couldn’t keep all that to myself! 

Today, Milestones & Mayhem has evolved into a thriving small business that helps kids become confident and engaged communicators. It’s been an amazing journey so far and right now I’m really excited about the launch of our new Phonics Kits, created in collaboration with a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist. 

They are inclusive, engaging and will support kids of all ages to learn how to read and communicate, especially ones who are struggling, and that makes me really proud. 

Thank you for taking the time to get to know me, Sarah x

 

 

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