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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 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

JoJo and Gran Gran will be shown in the USA!

June 11, 2021
I’m delighted to share with you that JoJo and Gran Gran is going to air on the Noggin channel in …

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JoJo and Gran Gran win at the Broadcast Awards!

June 2, 2021
I am delighted to tell you that JoJo and GranGran won Best Pre-School Programme at the Broadcast Awards on Thursday …

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Black British Book Festival

May 25, 2021
It is an honour to be a speaker at the annual Black British Book Festival. Saturday 26th June 2021, 11:00am …

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Free ‘Working with two-year-olds’ webinar

May 17, 2021
I am delighted to be delivering this free webinar, in conjunction with Realise, on working with two year olds. Please click …

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