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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 […]


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 […]


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.

https://www.laurahenryconsultancy.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/LauraHenry_MyFamilyWeek_1080p-1.mp4

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.”


Global FGM Campaigner

Our inspiring colleague Hibo will be speaking again at the Early Years event of the year!

#ChildRights30

 

Hibo is a global campaigner in FGM.

Even more exciting delegates will have the opportunity to purchase Hibo’s bestselling book, Cut and of course Hibo will personally sign! If you have already purchased Hibo’s book please bring along and she will sign for you.

Why not book a place on the conference, via this link?

https://www.laurahenryconsultancy.com/childsrights-30/


Your Own Way

  I was delighted that Gill Jones and Wendy Ratcliff were able to discuss and share the new Ofsted framework via the Early Years Leaders podcast, where we had a conversation on intent, implement and impact.

On my travels, either when I am training or delivering consultancy, educators are asking me what this means and what they need to do.

Wendy Ratcliff has stated:

“The EYFS (educational programmes) provides the curriculum framework that leaders build on to decide what they intend children to learn and develop.

Leaders and practitioners decide how they will implement the curriculum so that children make progress in the seven areas of learning – we will keep our definition of ‘teaching’.

Leaders and practitioners evaluate the impact of the curriculum by checking what children know and can do. “

Wendy Ratcliff, HMI in Early Years, Ofsted, 4 January 2019 – PACEY

In short, this means that as a setting, leaders need to decide what is right for them. My starting point as a reflection […]


Introducing books to your baby and young child

It was an honour to write this booklet for parents for Penguin and Ladybird publishers.

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