Croydon-based international award winning Early Years expert Laura Henry has been included in the “power 20” list of the most influential people in childcare in the UK, as compiled by Nursery Management Today (NMT) magazine. NMT is the childcare sector management bi-monthly journal.
Paul Birley, Head of Public Sector & Healthcare at Barclays, stated: ‘It is therefore important we recognise those people that have made a real difference…they have had a major influence on others. By show-casing these people who have made a difference, we believe we are helping to inspire others to continue to drive up quality in the sector.’ The award was sponsored by Barclays Bank.
As one of the 20 most influential people in childcare, Laura was invited to the awards dinner at Barclays’ head office in Canary Wharf on Thursday 29th May 2014.
Laura was surprised to be nominated by her peers; she commented: ‘There are many talented colleagues working within Early Years who are equally passionate about children and their families, therefore to receive this award as one of the top 20 most influential people within childcare in the UK is truly an honour.’
Laura was nominated due to her tireless work within the Early Years sector: she has set up a Community Interest Company for a national group for Early Years consultants and trainers, she offers free advice and support to many clients, colleagues and parents, including hosting an online, weekly, professional development support network via Twitter, called #EYTalking. She is also the National Representative for England on the World Forum on Early Care and Education, working with Early Years colleagues on a global level.
Dr Richard Hawkins, Editor-in-Chief NMT, said ‘The event was a huge success. We are very proud of the childcare sector and of the many outstanding people who work within it, offering superb care to such important members of our communities