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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

Where are the Smart Black Boys in TV?

July 8, 2022
I was delighted to be asked to be part of the above documentary with The Children’s Media Conference. The documentary …

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New children’s show Daddio & Co gets boost with YACF development funding

June 16, 2022
A new project from storyteller Laura Henry-Allain MBE has been awarded development funding from the UK Government funded Young Audiences …

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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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