“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 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 Early Education
Member of the Chartered Management Institute
So, the Government is busy recruiting the next HMCI, to replace Sir Michael Wilshaw.
The shortlist has been reported via TES and the education community is in full flow discussing who the Government may choose and why.
One tweet that caught my eye was from the inspiring Sue Cowley, who noted:
“I think it’d be a good idea to have someone with primary experience as the next head of Ofsted. Historically it’s mostly been secondary people.’
I would wholeheartedly agree with Sue. In addition, they should have working knowledge and an understanding of the Early Years.
For far too long we’ve had a top-down approach, which has had a detrimental effect on little people, from inappropriate testing to a lack of understanding of the importance of play within Early Years.
Biology informs us that it all starts from conception. There’s a reason why babies are not born walking!
A sound understanding of child development and grasp of developmental norms […]