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Laura - About Me

My name is Laura Henry-Allain. I’m a leading, award-winning expert in Early Years education and children’s media both in the UK and internationally.

I’ve been working with babies and the under-sevens for three decades and I never get tired of watching them grow and develop into independent children and young people. I strongly believe that a good educational start offering love and support is the best foundation for a life of growth and learning.

Since I started in education I’ve used my skills to support colleagues who work directly with children, parents and settings. I also work with national and international organisations that provide services and expertise to children and their families.

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As well as training and consultancy work: 

  • I’ve been a nursery manager, Ofsted inspector, teacher and curriculum manager.
  • I’m a regular contributor to Nursery World, other trade publications and the national press.
  • I have written several books of my own. These include the JoJo and Gran Gran book series, which now airs on the BBC’s CBeebies channel.
  • I have been a regular member of the judging panel for the Nursery World, GESS and TES.
  • I have shared my expert knowledge with government departments, including the Department for Education, advising them on policy and strategy decisions.
  • I have served on a number of national and international forums and working parties.
  • I mentor a number of young people, which I find thoroughly rewarding.
  • I am vice-president of The British Association for Early Childhood Education
  • I am an educational consultant for the BBC
  • I am an ambassador for the Jermain Defoe Foundation
  • I am the in-house Early Years expert for Tiney

I am also the mother of two grown-up sons, one of whom is autistic.

Highlight of my career: being invited to meet his
Holiness the Dalai Lama

Laura & Dalai Lama

I’d love to talk more with you, please feel free to contact me

My News

Woke Kidz Books: An interview with Laura Henry-Allain

September 15, 2020
Woke Kidz Books: An Interview with Laura Henry-Allain Sharing my recent interview with Woke Kidz Books. We discussed beginnings, content, …

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Daily Mail Article: CBeebies JoJo and Gran Gran Praised for Celebrating Diversity

June 14, 2020
Daily Mail Article: JoJo and GranGran Praised for Celebrating Diversity Sharing the Daily Mail Article: First British animated TV series …

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POPSUGAR.Parenting: Why Britain’s First Black Animation, Jo Jo & Gran Gran, Is So Important For Cultural Representation

June 2, 2020
POPSUGAR.Parenting: Why JoJo and GranGran is so important for cultural representation Delighted to be sharing the POPSUGAR.Parenting article ‘Why Britain’s …

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The Creator’s Inner Child Series

June 1, 2020
The Creator’s Inner Child Series I was delighted to be interviewed by The Children’s Media Conference for The Creators Inner …

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