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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

#EYWellbeingWeek – Early Years Conversations with Laura Henry-Allain

October 6, 2020
Podcast for #EYWellbeingWeek: Blowing Your Own Trumpet Sharing my podcast recording with Kate Moxley and Kerry Payne for #EYWellbeingWeek Showing …

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An Interview with June O’Sullivan: Remembering the Power of Grandmothers

September 26, 2020
An Interview with June O’Sullivan: Remembering the Power of Grandmothers Sharing my recent podcast with June O’Sullivan I was recently …

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Woke Kidz Books – Singer VV Brown: An interview with Laura Henry-Allain

September 15, 2020
Woke Kidz Book – Singer VV Brown: An Interview with Laura Henry-Allain Sharing my recent interview with Singer VV Brown …

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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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