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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 […]


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 


My Family Week

We are back again, this year for My Family Week 2019!

Traditionally, we celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, which may trigger for some children a sense that they don’t belong. My Family Week aims to celebrate all families, irrespective of a child’s 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.

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Please share and register!

#MyFamilyWeek


Creating a culture of well-being in and away from work

I am excited to share my new book, on well-being, which I wrote in partnership with Ceeda.

“Staff consistently report high levels of support for well-being issues.” ~ Ofsted

Please click on this link to purchase: Well-being

 This useful practical guide on well-being has a selection of free and cost-effective tips.

There’s a top tip for everyone – ideas including a selection of team building exercises, creating a positive workplace culture and keeping healthy.

This book is a must for your workplace library.

 

 


Early Years expert in residence

Delighted to be working with Tiney as their Early Years expert in residence:

“At tiney we want to help children feel safe, valued and loved in their early years. We want families to have access to high quality childcare that works for them and is designed using evidence and research from around the world. We want tiney to accelerate children’s development in family-style homes through play and learning. And, we want to build a vibrant community of tiney homes, run by founders who can impact their local neighbourhoods, cities and beyond.”