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What has eating your toes got to do with child development?

Waiting in the Apple store to be seen by a tech expert, I noticed a mother with her baby in his buggy. He was doing what my mother always called “eating his toes!” when my son did the same! In fact, my son was with me.

I noticed the baby lifting his toes in a very sophisticated way to his mouth and sucking away.

I entered into a dialogue (turn-taking) with him, “Ooh, I can see you’re eating your toes!” He was laughing and in-between ‘sucking’ was talking back to me.

At that point, I knew I wanted to write a blog about this although I didn’t want to ask for permission to take a photo or to film this unique moment. I am mindful of boundaries and I did not know the mother.

His mother smiled at me and I said, “This is my son and he did the same when he was a baby and he is nearly 25! My mother calls this eating your […]


2017 Safeguarding & Protecting Every Child Conference Recordings

We are pleased to announce that the recordings of the Keynote Speakers, Present and Panel plus the exclusive filmed interview with Stuart Shanker are now available.

They are accompanied by the Presentations from the day and are an invaluable resource for CPD and Staff Training.

It was a thought provoking and inspiring day for all who attended.

The recordings are available FREE of charge to *delegates and Early Years Club Members.

For all others, a small fee will be charged.

*A small fee will be charged for delegates who want to use the recording and materials for their own commercial and financial gain

Please visit our dedicated webpage for more information


Interview with Gulf News

I was delighted to be invited to share my Early Years and Parenting views on Gulf News

Film clip


New Jo-Jo and Gran-Gran Book: Twelve and a Half Days of Christmas

We are pleased to announce the long-awaiting second book in Laura’s Jo-Jo and Gran-Gran series based on a pre-school child and her grandmother, showing the special and loving relationship that they have. 

In this book, The Twelve and a Half Days of Christmas, Jo-Jo and Gran-Gran talk about, reflect on and plan what they are going to do as they count down the days to Christmas Day. They remind us again about the special bonds that grandparents have with their grandchildren, focusing on the intergenerational and loving relationships that are central to positive community living.

For more information on both of the books, please visit our dedicated webpage

Special Offer! Reduced pricing on the Jo-Jo and Gran-Gran books for My Family Week.

Especially for this celebration week, we have reduced the pricing of both books to £5.99 each. 

Note: This special offer pricing is only available from Laura’s online shop


Launch of My Family Week

There are just over three weeks to go until the launch of the first international celebration of the family!

Children around the world will get the opportunity to celebrate the uniqueness of their family, irrespective of circumstances including children with same-sex parents, those who are fostered, disabled, have step families or half brothers and sisters, are bereaved, blended, those who are adopted or who live with grandparents and other family members.

International Early Years expert, Laura Henry, has been busy creating resources for My Family Week, providing fun and educational activities for settings, schools and parents.

There will be a soft launch on Friday 13th October, 2017, before the week-long celebration from Monday 16th to Sunday 22nd October.

Laura is delighted to announce the University of Northampton as the academic partner for My Family Week, with support from other organisations including NEyTCO, the Pre-school Learning Alliance and Gingerbread.

At the launch on 13th October, settings, schools and parents will be […]


Inspirational meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Early Years expert, Laura Henry, this week met His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, during the spiritual leader’s two-day visit to the city of Derry/Londonderry.

As patron of Children in Crossfire, His Holiness was helping to celebrate the charity’s 20th anniversary, marking two decades of its mission to address the impact of poverty on young children. Through working with partner organisations and providing development education, Children in Crossfire has helped to change the lives and outlooks of children in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Ireland.

Children in Crossfire invited Laura to join the celebrations in light of her role as national representative on the World Forum in Early Care and her own work to improve the quality of Early Years education and outcomes for children both here in the UK and overseas.

Alongside the charity’s founder, Richard Moore, Laura attended an audience with His Holiness, where the spiritual leader took questions […]


Wall Art Quotes

I’m delighted to share my quotes via Wall Art!

Please click on the link to visit Wall Art’s website and then type ‘Laura Henry’ in the search bar for my quotes.

As an added bonus, if you join my Early Years Club you can purchase at a discount!


My Family Week 2017 #MyFamilyWeek

Monday 16th to Sunday 22nd October 2017

My Family Week celebrates families of all shapes and sizes, allowing children to tell their own story, about their own family in their own voice.

My Family Week is a reflection on what family means in the modern world and is the brainchild of international Early Years trainer, author and consultant, Laura Henry, who has worked with children and their families for three decades.

My Family Week is celebrating the uniqueness of every family, using the characters from Laura’s popular children’s book series Jo-Jo and Gran-Gran as inspiration.
As part of the week, settings, schools, parents and wider families can take part in a range of activities to help children to tell their own stories.
Stories will be shared and developed online using a variety of social media platforms.

Support for My Family Week:

“I simply ADORE this idea! Families come in all shapes and sizes and celebrating diversity and variety means we accept and […]


Name, Shame, Blame, Repeat!

An article in the Sunday Times caught my eye, written by their education correspondent, Sian Griffiths, under the headline, ‘Stressed heads exclude children as young as three.’ Sian subsequently tweeted, “I found this an upsetting story to write.”

In short, more children under the age of seven are being excluded according to figures quoted from the Office for National Statistics this month, indicating a rise in the number of exclusions involving primary-aged children. In her article, Sian also mentions a documentary that will be screened on Channel 4 on Tuesday 25th July – Excluded at Seven.

This doesn’t surprise me, but only further saddens me that children are excluded from school. Exclusion only adds to their trauma/anxiety and doesn’t help to give them the tools to self-regulate their behaviour and emotions. Imagine what it must feel like for these children’s self-esteem and self-worth to be excluded at such a young age?

Children who show behaviour that may […]


Neuroscience with Ruby Wax

I’m delighted to have delivered a key-note speech (NEYTCO) alongside Ruby Wax and other influential speakers at this ground-breaking conference on Early Years neuroscience.

Sharing a small clip from the day: Please click