“If you need an expert in Early Years education or sound parenting advice, I would recommend Laura Henry. She is extremely knowledgeable and is a truly inspiring individual. Laura is passionate and will work with you one-to-one to achieve your goals.” Saira Khan, TV Presenter & Motivational Speaker
My name is Laura Henry. Welcome to my website. I am a leading, award winning expert in Early Years education, both in the UK and internationally. For three decades I have used my skills to support colleagues who work directly with children, parents and companies; I also work with organisations that provide services and expertise to children and families. I am a highly regarded and popular trainer and author. I am passionate about quality in the Early Years sector, making sure that children receive the best possible care to help them reach their full potential. I am a regular contributor to Nursery World and other trade publications. I have sat on the judging panel for the Nursery World and Nursery Management Awards on numerous occasions. I have shared my expert knowledge with Government departments, as well as national and international organisations.
My skills and expertise have been honed over the many years that I have worked within the education, health and social services sectors. I have performed a wide range of roles such as managing nurseries, Ofsted inspector and teacher and curriculum manager within a large college, as well as served on a number of national and international forums and working parties.
I am also the mother of two grown up sons. This is why I am able to speak from the heart to parents and all those who care for or educate children and young people.
Listen to what delegates have to say
“Laura and I have worked together delivering workshops at the World Forum on Early Care and Education. Laura’s knowledge of Early Years is second to none. She is able to deliver a range of training that has a positive impact on the teachers that attend. More importantly, her unique skill in being able to deliver to an international audience is unsurpassed. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Laura and admire her professional acumen.” Tere Holmes, President/CEO, Early Care and Education Strategies Plus, LLC: Texas, USA
I am the representative for England on the World Forum on Early Care and Education. I also work closely with parents and offer unique advice on all things parenting.
“I am so impressed with your very speedy response regarding the promised documents – thank you so much for sending all this information. I have to say that this was one of the best training sessions I have been to for a long time – I really like the way you reference all your points to other publications and you leave it up to us to decide the best way forward – armed with a very comprehensive array of information. Your delivery was sustained: shared thinking at its best. I would like to thank you for getting my thinking cogs going with regard to this change of practice! Rest assured, my team and I will be sourcing future training from you and I will recommend you to colleagues within Sutton. I’m all for pointing out excellence when I see it! Many thanks once again.” Fiona Downing, Head of Centre, Spencer Nursery School & Children’s Centre – Sutton
What Do I Do?
I am a one-stop-shop for your Early Years and childcare needs. I offer a wide range of training and support services, based on my personal values of relationship building, identifying the client’s unique needs and building on that for success.
Working in partnership with local authorities, nurseries, pre-schools, childminders, schools, colleges, national organisations and enterprise groups, I strive to raise standards, promote a child-centred approach and ensure sustainability for all private, voluntary and independent settings and schools.
Not only do I work across the UK but also internationally, with clients in Africa, India, USA, Spain, Dubai and Malaysia. So wherever you are in the world, you can rely on me for expert advice.
“Through her writing, blogs and twitter feeds, Laura Henry provides a clear reference point for those in the Early Years sector. Laura skilfully connects people, ideas and practice. Her consultancy is able to offer a diverse range of training packages that consistently meet the needs of the participants. In her recent work with us, Laura’s attention to detail before, during and after the training event has ensured a sustained impact as well as inspired my colleagues to greater heights. Her follow-up support has meant that all who attended the training are now engaged in further research and development.” Sharon Hogan, Head Teacher, Midland Road Nursery School and Children’s Centre, Bradford
I have worked with the leading nursery providers in the UK, such as Kids Allowed, Asquith, Newpark Montessori, as well as organisations and large educational companies such as the Pre-school Learning Alliance and CFBT Trust, to name but a few.
“We have been delighted with the complete professional childcare services that Laura Henry has offered both to Asquith Nannies during our launch, and to our main business, Asquith Nurseries. I would have no hesitation in recommending Laura to prospective clients.” Martin Hinchliffe, Managing Director, Asquith Nannies
I am the founder and CEO of the Community Interest Company NEYTCO, which is the premier organisation for Early Years Trainers and Consultants.
Hult Prize 2015
Executive Judge for Hult Prize 2015
The British Association of Early Childhood Education
I am the Vice-President of The British Association of Early Childhood Education
Is the weekly ‘touch in’ within Social Media for anyone who works within Early Years education or childcare nationally and internationally, I created EYTalking and manage it on a weekly basis. Recent topics we have discussed include outdoor learning, parents as partners and the role of Ofsted; we also have guest hosts, such as the Department for Education. Join in via Twitter every Tuesday between 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. UK time. Please join in – use the hash tag #EYTalking to connect and share with others.
Nursery and Primary Show www.nursery2primary.com
My skills have been recognised and I am an Advisory Board member at this successful sector show.
Member of the Chartered Management Institute
Keep on moving….
I recently shared this statement via social media: “Indeed, outstanding doesn’t mean that a setting is perfect! Quite the contrary, it is all about constantly improving from a 360% perspective.”
A few tips on consistently improving:
Clarity about your values and how they mirror in practice
Doing your best for every child
Staff form meaningful, personal and positive relationships with children
Environment challenges and supports children’s development
Teaching clearly supports children’s current development and their next stages
High standards in place, which staff are committed to
Robust leadership, which is different from managing
Rigorous auditing of practice not only completed by management, but by the whole staff team
Moderation meetings to discuss children’s learning and development
Stakeholder involvement and consultation
Meaningful and regular two-way communication between home and setting
Self-evaluation is a team effort
Full understanding of reflective practice and use as a catalyst to improve
Regular reflective professional development that impacts on practice
Child’s voice and opinions are heard
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