Pre-inspections and mock inspections visits
“Thank you Laura! The process really made a difference. Because of that, everyone took the real inspection in their stride, and we were able to demonstrate through the consultancy action plan and our SEF our continuous improvement. The inspector seemed impressed that we had sought the views of third parties such as Laura Henry to demonstrate our commitment to continuous improvement.”
Tiffany Clutterbuck,Director, Newpark Childcare, London
My personal pre-inspection visits are carried out using a 360° approach.
The pre-inspection visits are only one part of the service, I use a variety of methods from role modelling and guiding to on-the-day training. Part of the package includes sharing my relevant documents to support and further enhance your practice.
Nursery start ups
I have successfully project managed the development of new industry compliant nurseries and pre-school settings. Working with Architects and suppliers, as well as designing the nursery, advising on the Early Years curriculum and recruiting quality staff, to enable your new nursery to be the leading local provider.
‘Watching me, watching you!’
Where I work with you or your team, talk through your current practices then model outstanding practice.
In addition, I will show you how to carry out an effective audit to grade your setting, to improve your practice and make a real difference to children’s outcomes.
When it comes to providing guidance or support, you can count on me to deliver.
My approach is about relationship building and many of my clients have used my services for a number of years.
‘“Laura has been a lifeline to me, especially at a time when Local Authorities are cutting back on training and support. It is difficult to quantify or do justice in words of the impact of her support and advice. I would definitely recommend Laura Henry Consultancy to any provider, so refreshing …Thanks Laura…”
Theodora Adebanjo, Manager/Proprietor, Immanuels Day Nursery, Surrey
With my wealth of Early Years knowledge, combined with strong business acumen and real enthusiasm, I have developed an enviable reputation for success, meeting deadlines, writing comprehensive reports and improving outcomes for children.
Marketing, branding and writing
I am able to work with you to help identify the unique selling points and characteristics of your setting. This will give you a competitive edge over your competitors. I can write, edit and proof read prospectuses, press releases, flyers, advertisements, newsletters or any other literature that add value to your setting.
Websites and Social Media
As a professional in Early Years I would strongly recommend that every setting has a website. However, the existence of a basic website is not sufficient: there are a number of settings who do have websites, but these sites do not always promote the settings. Working in collaboration with an experienced copy writer and a web designer, I am able to redesign or create from scratch an articulate and effective web site, that promotes the ethos and unique characteristics of your setting, while still ensuring the web site is user friendly for both your parents and staff.
In addition, I can help you communicate via social media: Twitter, Facebook, You Tube and blogs. I can show you how to connect and share with both current and future parents, promoting the ethos and characteristics of your setting.
Over the last few years I have built up strong working relationships with some of the best professionals in the fields of copy writing and website design: I am therefore able to quickly call upon a copy editor and wordsmith, a website developer and a virtual assistant who become part of my team, ensuring each project is a success, fully meets the client’s brief and exceeds expectations.
Setting Interior design
The cliché says: ‘first impressions count’. Does your environment mirror your ethos? How is it seen from a child’s perspective? Can one see that your environment enhances children’s learning and development? How is it seen from a prospective parent’s or visitor’s point of view? Is it warm and inviting? Would it make a prospective parent feel at home and, more importantly, give them the confidence to send their child to your setting? These are important questions for you to consider. I am able to help you with your environment: the approach from outside, the entrance and each of the rooms, to make sure that you have considered everything.
I have worked with solicitors and barristers and acted as an expert witness in Early Years and childcare cases.
My approach makes an impact – and have the results to prove this!
‘‘As a national and regional award winning nursery, it is important not to become complacent, there is always room for improvement. With the implementation of the new EYFS and with the rapid expansion of our organisation, we felt it important that we have a fresh pair of ‘expert’ eyes take a look at our services. Having heard of the impact Laura Henry had on other settings around the UK, we invited Laura to Cornwall for a few days. Laura carried out quality visits at our settings and provided us with some excellent tools for improvement. We also made plans to have some further EYFS training for our team. Laura now has a strong understanding of our core values and our vision for the future. For us, we have someone who we can bounce ideas off, or turn to for advice and support when needed.”
Rachel Jones, Managing Director, Fit N Fun Kids Ltd, Cornwall