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Notes on returning

I have been contacted by settings up and down the country and overseas, with dilemmas connected to what to do and what not to do as they get ready to welcome back (some schools and settings have remained open) children and their families following this period of lockdown.

Many have asked me to do an online webinar regarding returning to work.  I have, instead, offered personalised online coaching as I feel a one-size-fits-all approach is not appropriate, as many settings and schools have a variety of needs and every setting/school is unique.

I have, however, put together some quick tips that should be relevant for everyone:

 Staff pre-session snuggle in:

If possible, get together as a team before you start, to reflect on the session ahead, even if it is for five minutes. An approach to consider is the KitBag approach,and this short clip. in brief, to ground yourself and acknowledge everyone’s feelings before the start of […]


Free Resources for Parental Support & Professional Development in Response to COVID-19

Sharing my latest newsletter.

 

 


Free Resources for Parental Support & Professional Development in Response to COVID-19

Sharing my latest newsletter.

 

 


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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.