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Press release Laura Henry-Allain’s popular characters JoJo & Gran Gran launch in TV programme

JoJo & Gran Gran, based on the popular characters by Early Years specialist Laura Henry-Allain, is to feature among the new season’s offer on BBC’s pre-school channel, CBeebies.

JoJo & Gran Gran are characters close to the heart of Laura who has worked alongside the production team to develop the duo for TV.

“JoJo and Gran Gran is loosely based on my own relationship with my Grandmother,” said Laura. “I wanted to convey the deep connection between the two, the excitement at the world around her that JoJo has and Gran Gran’s wisdom, experience and zest for life”.

“It’s been such a delight seeing JoJo & Gran Gran make it to the screen,” added Laura. “We wouldn’t have got to this point without the hard work of so many people, and I’d like to thank the CBeebies production team, the writers, the animation team, the voiceover artists and, of course, the wonderful children who appear in the child-led live […]


The Duchess of Cambridge – Amazing Granny

I listened with excitement to Giovanna Fletcher’s Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast with the Duchess of Cambridge talking about her 5 Big Questions survey.

I was especially delighted when the Duchess mentioned the role that her grandmother played in her Early Years.

I have to agree with the Duchess that a grandmother can be a positive role model within a child’s Early Years. As you know, my children’s picture’s books, which depict the special relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter, Jo Jo and GranGran, will be shown on the BBC’s Cbeebies very soon.

Jo Jo and GranGran is loosely based on the relationship that I had with my grandmother.

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Share your practice with a global audience

Would you like to share your passion at an international conference in Canada in May 2021?

I have been involved with the World Forum in some shape or form for the last 12 years. I have worked with several World Forum groups and this includes being the national representative for England, for ten years.

This global early education community is unique and inspiring.

It is one of the only events where delegates can submit a proposal to speak, visit local places of interest, undertake visits to a range of Early Years settings, attend break out groups and discuss issues such as child rights, indigenous communities, and any number of other global Early Years issues. Please see this link for further information:

The event is great for networking with a range of colleagues from around the world and forming new friendships.

Please click on this link for more information and to apply to speak:

The current national representative […]


National Storytelling Week

Next week is National Storytelling Week.

Telling stories and reading stories to children is something that I am passionate about. As a family, I loved hearing a range of stories from my parents, grandparents and extended family. I would listen in awe!

As a dyslexic person, contrary to popular belief, I love reading (the areas of dyslexia that are an issue for me are spelling, grammar, writing and the pronunciation of certain words – thank goodness for technology!). This has always been the same since I was a young child. I always found my oasis in my local library, selecting and reading a range of fiction and non-fiction books.

I am delighted that there is a special week dedicated to storytelling and the range of exciting activities that can be done to celebrate the joy of storytelling.

Please view the Society for Storytelling’s website, for more information and how to get your setting involved.

I am also delighted to announce that […]


International support – training,writing and consultancy

So far this year, I have had the pleasure of travelling to China and Costa Rica to work with a wide range of colleagues working within the education sector. Over the years, my work has taken me to many countries around the world. I have been able to share my love and passion for early childhood education with so many different individuals who then go on to share their new knowledge with the children and the families that they work with.

It is an honour to receive this feedback from the colleagues who booked my service.

“If you ask a child who they look up to, their answers may vary from famous pop stars, film stars, book characters etc. If you ask an Early Years educator who they look up to, their simple answer should be Laura Henry. Laura is the encyclopaedia for Early Years education and shares her expert knowledge in such an inspiring way that […]


Together in the 2020s: twenty ideas for creating a Britain for all ages by 2030

It was a privilege to have contributed to this new evidenced report by United for all ages 

“Urgent action is needed to tackle the divisions facing older and younger generations and unite Britain, according to think tank United for All Ages in its new report, Together in the 2020s, published today (7 January 2020). Britain is one of the most age segregated countries in the world, having become more so in the last decade.”

Bringing younger and older people together can help tackle some of the biggest social problems facing all generations in Britain – from poor health and care, anxiety and loneliness to learning, housing and lifelong opportunities. Intergenerational projects can change attitudes to ageing, reduce ageism and increase trust in a country where people are often divided by age, as seen at the recent general election.


One potato, two potato, cultural capital potato more!

During one of my recent quality visits to a setting, I had lunch with the children.

One of the children stated that they are having mashed potatoes for lunch.

I replied: “Ooh, I was meant to have mashed potato for my dinner yesterday, in the hotel. Instead, I had sweet potato chips!”

Child: “Sweet potato?” With an unsure look on his face.

Me: “Can anyone tell me about sweet potatoes?”

Children: “No, we’ve never had them!”

I then went on to explain what a sweet potato is. What it looks like and how it is different to a white potato.

Me: “When I go out to the shops later, I will see if I can buy a sweet potato at a shop in the village.”

Member of staff: “Maybe next door to my dad’s shop you can buy a sweet potato?”

Off I went into the village and, surprise, surprise, I purchased the sweet potato!

I sat down with the children on my return and […]


Inspiring Women in Leadership

It was a delight to lead a session on women in leadership for Tiger and the Inspiring Women in Leadership teams. This session was for mentors and mentees.

I donated my fee for this keynote to the Jermain Defoe Foundation, where I am an ambassador.


Norland College

I was delighted to train 100 nanny students at the internationally renowned Norland College