I have updated the free resource on Ofsted Descriptors to reflect the new framework. There is a useful reflective and impact document that settings can complete as a team and useful links to support your practice. Click here to download this valuable resource.
This resource is free, however, I ask that you consider making a contribution to the Jermain Defoe Foundation, a charity that I am an ambassador for.
“The Jermain Defoe Foundation was founded in 2013 by England footballer Jermain Defoe to support homeless, vulnerable and abused children in his family’s home country of St Lucia. Jermain’s grandparents came from the Caribbean island and he has been visiting every year since he was a young child. St Lucia is well known as a paradise holiday destination but little is heard of the poverty and abuse suffered by children there. Since the launch of The Jermain Defoe Foundation, we have expanded our cause […]
Happy to share my new work Instagram page.
Please follow, I will be sharing everything Early Years, education and parenting.
I’m delighted to welcome back Gill Jones and Wendy Ratcliff from Ofsted to record this special Early Years Leaders Podcast, in partnership with Blossom Educational.
We discuss the new Education Inspection Framework, with a focus on Ofsted’s rationale for the term cultural capital and what inspectors will be looking for in practice. Gill and Wendy give an overview of intent, implementation and impact. The new framework places emphasis on observation and discussion with educators and Gill and Wendy share examples of what inspectors will focus on.
I enjoyed doing a question and answer session with DadblogUK, on my career path and discussing the Early Years sector. Please click on the link to read.
We are pleased to announce that the recordings of the Keynote Speakers, Present and Panel plus the exclusive filmed interview with Stuart Shanker are now available.
They are accompanied by the Presentations from the day and are an invaluable resource for CPD and Staff Training.
It was a thought provoking and inspiring day for all who attended.
The recordings are available FREE of charge to *delegates and Early Years Club Members.
For all others, a small fee will be charged.
*A small fee will be charged for delegates who want to use the recording and materials for their own commercial and financial gain
Please visit our dedicated webpage for more information
We are pleased to announce the long-awaiting second book in Laura’s Jo-Jo and Gran-Gran series based on a pre-school child and her grandmother, showing the special and loving relationship that they have.
In this book, The Twelve and a Half Days of Christmas, Jo-Jo and Gran-Gran talk about, reflect on and plan what they are going to do as they count down the days to Christmas Day. They remind us again about the special bonds that grandparents have with their grandchildren, focusing on the intergenerational and loving relationships that are central to positive community living.
For more information on both of the books, please visit our dedicated webpage
Special Offer! Reduced pricing on the Jo-Jo and Gran-Gran books for My Family Week.
Especially for this celebration week, we have reduced the pricing of both books to £5.99 each.
Note: This special offer pricing is only available from Laura’s online shop
There are just over three weeks to go until the launch of the first international celebration of the family!
Children around the world will get the opportunity to celebrate the uniqueness of their family, irrespective of circumstances including children with same-sex parents, those who are fostered, disabled, have step families or half brothers and sisters, are bereaved, blended, those who are adopted or who live with grandparents and other family members.
International Early Years expert, Laura Henry, has been busy creating resources for My Family Week, providing fun and educational activities for settings, schools and parents.
There will be a soft launch on Friday 13th October, 2017, before the week-long celebration from Monday 16th to Sunday 22nd October.
Laura is delighted to announce the University of Northampton as the academic partner for My Family Week, with support from other organisations including NEyTCO, the Pre-school Learning Alliance and Gingerbread.
At the launch on 13th October, settings, schools and parents will be […]
I’m delighted to share my quotes via Wall Art!
Please click on the link to visit Wall Art’s website and then type ‘Laura Henry’ in the search bar for my quotes.
As an added bonus, if you join my Early Years Club you can purchase at a discount!
Quick question: Do you use social media?
Over the years, the one piece of advice I most often give to providers and educators is that they should sign up to receive the regular email updates from Ofsted, Department for Education and the sector press. It is vital they keep up-to-date with legislation, guidance and other important information that may affect their practices and, if necessary, make changes.
Nowadays my advice is that they should also be using social media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest, Blogs, etc).
Last week I attended an evening seminar titled: ‘Close Encounters of the Digital Kind’.
There were interesting speakers and discussions on how we should embrace social media from a business point of view.
Social media can be used in a variety of ways within your setting: to market your setting, sharing positive aspects such as raising funds for charity, a new mud kitchen or sharing an innovative area in your practice.
However, it can […]
Please see Nursery World for my new four part monthly series on Effective and Safer Recruitment.