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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

Grenfell Memorial Quilt

May 13, 2022
An emotional morning at North Kensington Library with the Grenfell Quilt team, on Tuesday. A few months ago, Eddie Nestor …

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Deptford Literature Festival

February 28, 2022
Super excited to be doing this event with Onyinye Iwu, part of the Deptford Literature Festival, for children aged 4-7. …

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Broadcast Awards 2022

February 14, 2022
I had a great time at the Broadcast Awards last week at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House London, Mayfair.  A …

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Juno Magazine

February 6, 2022
Delighted to be interviewed by Juno Magazine on all things to do with my television work and books, especially My …

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