“If you need an expert in Early Years education or sound parenting advice, I would recommend Laura Henry-Allain. She is extremely knowledgeable and is a truly inspiring individual.” – Saira Khan, TV Presenter & Motivational Speaker
My name is Laura Henry-Allain. 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 created the characters JoJo and Gran Gran for the popular new BBC CBeebies series of the same name.
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.
Relationships and Connections
“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, Vice-President of Operations
“Laura delivered one of our keynote addresses at the recent international 3rd HCT Education Student Research Conference in Abu Dhabi. Her speech entitled “Turned On and Tuned In” captivated the audience of undergraduate students and experienced educators with its key message of “Why do we forget so easily that in order to talk, we first had to learn to listen?”
Her participation at the conference also included a workshop on “Practical Steps for Action Research” for final year undergraduate students, and their feedback afterwards demonstrated why the students stayed on well over the time despite facing a three hour bus trip home. She also ran a session with our Education Faculty on how we can further develop the Action Research and Reflective Practice elements of our programme finishing with an introduction to her work and some of her publications. The session was extremely well received and we are already in discussions as to how we can continue to work with Laura for the benefit of both our students and faculty.”
Phil Quirk, Executive Dean Education,
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.
I am the Early Years expert in residence for Tiney .
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,
I have worked with the leading nursery providers in the UK, such as Kids Allowed, Busy Bees, Newpark Montessori, as well as organisations and large educational companies such as the Early Years Learning Alliance and Tiney, to name but a few.
“Development of your staff is not just about the information you give them it’s about the passion and love the trainer has for the children that matters.
Laura has passion and love and understanding of children’s needs and staff needs. Laura has helped me develop my staff over the years at Asquith and she has a great deal of knowledge from her experience of working overseas. She’s a lovely person to work with that cares.”
Andy Morris ex Asquith CEO
Notes on returning
I have been contacted by settings up and down the country and overseas, with dilemmas connected to what to do and what not to do as they get ready to welcome back (some schools and settings have remained open) children and their families following this period of lockdown.
Many have asked me to do an online webinar regarding returning to work. I have, instead, offered personalised online coaching as I feel a one-size-fits-all approach is not appropriate, as many settings and schools have a variety of needs and every setting/school is unique.
I have, however, put together some quick tips that should be relevant for everyone:
Staff pre-session snuggle in:
If possible, get together as a team before you start, to reflect on the session ahead, even if it is for five minutes. An approach to consider is the KitBag approach,and this short clip. in brief, to ground yourself and acknowledge everyone’s feelings before the start of […]