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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

Camp Bestival 2021

July 25, 2021
I am super delighted to be speaking at Camp Bestival this year. I will be speaking on Sunday 1st August 2021. Please …

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Free Global Play Summit

July 11, 2021
I’m delighted to take part in this year’s Global Free to Play Summit.  12th – 16th July 2021   Please …

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Hackney’s Windrush Artwork Commission plans to reveal Windrush Art Commission

June 25, 2021
I’m super excited to be writing the education resources for the Windrush Sculpture, created by renowned artist Veronica Ryan OBE for the London …

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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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