Quality audit visits
“Thank you Laura! The process really made a difference. Because of that, everyone took the real inspection in their stride, and we were able to demonstrate through the consultancy action plan and our SEF our continuous improvement. The inspector seemed impressed that we had sought the views of third parties such as Laura Henry-Allain to demonstrate our commitment to continuous improvement.”
Tiffany Clutterbuck,Director, Newpark Childcare, London
My impact visits are carried out using a 360° approach.
The impact visits are only one part of the service, I use a variety of methods from role modelling and guiding to on-the-day training. Part of the package includes sharing my relevant documents to support and further enhance your practice.
Nursery start ups
I have successfully project managed the development of new industry compliant nurseries and pre-school settings. Working with Architects and suppliers, as well as designing the nursery, advising on the Early Years curriculum and recruiting quality staff, to enable your new nursery to be the leading local provider.
Laura has the unique ability to translate a client’s pedagogy into a workable brief that enables architects and designers to understand their clients’ wishes and deliver them in full. Having been a teacher, a nursery manager an inspector and a mother, she has great insight into what children, teachers, owners and parents need and is a great asset to any new or refurbishment project. Working closely with all stakeholders, Laura is able to translate her clients’ visions into reality with flair and finesse.”
BA (Hons) Arch, Dip Arch (Dist), PG Dip Arch Prac.
Architect (UK), RIBA.
Collingridge and Smith Architects (UK) Ltd
‘Watching me, watching you!’
Where I work with you or your team, talk through your current practices then model outstanding practice.
In addition, I will show you how to carry out an effective audit to grade your setting, to improve your practice and make a real difference to children’s outcomes.
When it comes to providing guidance or support, you can count on me to deliver.
My approach is about relationship building and many of my clients have used my services for a number of years.
Laura was involved in virtually all aspects of our setting, a voice of reason and experience that is unrivalled.
Laura was instrumental in helping us reduce our startup costs by putting us in touch with the best and most efficient people in the industry.
Laura is an industry expert and her breadth of knowledge and contacts expedited our operational start date. We couldn’t have made it so quickly without Laura.”
EFWY Educational services
With my wealth of Early Years knowledge, combined with strong business acumen and real enthusiasm, I have developed an enviable reputation for success, meeting deadlines, writing comprehensive reports and improving outcomes for children.
Marketing, branding and writing
I am able to work with you to help identify the unique selling points and characteristics of your setting. This will give you a competitive edge over your competitors. I can write, edit and proof read prospectuses, press releases, flyers, advertisements, newsletters or any other literature that add value to your setting.
Websites and Social Media
As a professional in Early Years I would strongly recommend that every setting has a website. However, the existence of a basic website is not sufficient: there are a number of settings who do have websites, but these sites do not always promote the settings. Working in collaboration with an experienced copy writer and a web designer, I am able to redesign or create from scratch an articulate and effective web site, that promotes the ethos and unique characteristics of your setting, while still ensuring the web site is user friendly for both your parents and staff.
In addition, I can help you communicate via social media: Twitter, Facebook, You Tube and blogs. I can show you how to connect and share with both current and future parents, promoting the ethos and characteristics of your setting.
Over the last few years I have built up strong working relationships with some of the best professionals in the fields of copy writing and website design: I am therefore able to quickly call upon a copy editor and wordsmith, a website developer and a virtual assistant who become part of my team, ensuring each project is a success, fully meets the client’s brief and exceeds expectations.
Setting Interior design
The cliché says: ‘first impressions count’. Does your environment mirror your ethos? How is it seen from a child’s perspective? Can one see that your environment enhances children’s learning and development? How is it seen from a prospective parent’s or visitor’s point of view? Is it warm and inviting? Would it make a prospective parent feel at home and, more importantly, give them the confidence to send their child to your setting? These are important questions for you to consider. I am able to help you with your environment: the approach from outside, the entrance and each of the rooms, to make sure that you have considered everything.
My approach makes an impact – and have the results to prove this!
‘‘As a national and regional award winning nursery, it is important not to become complacent, there is always room for improvement. With the implementation of the new EYFS and with the rapid expansion of our organisation, we felt it important that we have a fresh pair of ‘expert’ eyes take a look at our services. Having heard of the impact Laura Henry-Allain had on other settings around the UK, we invited Laura to Cornwall for a few days. Laura carried out quality visits at our settings and provided us with some excellent tools for improvement. We also made plans to have some further EYFS training for our team. Laura now has a strong understanding of our core values and our vision for the future. For us, we have someone who we can bounce ideas off, or turn to for advice and support when needed.”
Rachel Jones, Managing Director, Fit N Fun Kids Ltd, Cornwall