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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


Baroness – SEND

I am extremely pleased that Baroness Hollins, has personally endorsed this bespoke research based Early Years SEND training.

“I am delighted to endorse this event. I’ve known Cristina and her work for many years, and value her passion for empowering people of all abilities. She is an excellent trainer, bringing a positive and motivating approach that inspires people to build communities where everyone can belong and everyone is valued.”

Sheila Baroness Hollins

Early bird discounts are still on offer!

Please see the link for this course, for further information and to book:

Research led SEND training, with a world renowned SEND specialist:
http://www.laurahenryconsultancy.com/send-training/

I look forward to working with you ALL again.


Talking Early Years in Dubai

A brief clip of an interview that I did last year in Dubai at the GESS education show.

Please click on link to view:

Interview

 


BBC National Radio

I was delighted to be invited to speak on the Mark Forrest show, discussing Early Years and parenting.

Please click on the link to listen, at 15:16 in:


Professional Generosity (being good at sharing!)

I’m delighted to have Sarah Vickery, the assistant head of the Exeter Children’s Federation, writing as part of the Exeter series. When I heard Sarah speak about professional generosity at the conference I was punching the air! Sarah mentioned #EYTalking on Twitter, which I set up four years ago and I’m also known as the ‘Queen of Early Years sharing’.

Sarah writes:

“I’ve been teaching for twenty years now, starting off in a primary school in Tottenham, North London, before returning home to teach in Devon (and get married, start a family etc.!). It was here I discovered a love of all things Early Years in my first Reception class role, and I never looked back! I hope if you met me you’d realise how joyful and rewarding I find teaching in Early Years. I’m a hands-on, out-in-all-weathers, get-messy, get-stuck-in and get-the-glitter-out kind of teacher. Loving Early Years has, I believe, helped me lead successful Early Years teams […]