Laura Henry-Allain MBE

Children & Families

"If you need an expert in Early Years education or sound parenting advice, I would recommend Laura Henry-Allain. She is extremely knowledgeable and is a truly inspiring individual.”

Saira Khan, TV presenter & motivational speaker


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My name is Laura Henry-Allain MBE. I inspire families around the world so that they can develop loving, meaningful and lasting relationships. 

I created the characters JoJo and Gran Gran for the popular new BBC CBeebies series of the same name. This renowned show is the first animation in the UK whose central characters are a black British Family. 

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For three decades I used my skills to support colleagues who work directly with children, parents and companies; I also work with brands that provide services and expertise to children and families. I am a highly regarded and popular speaker and author. I am passionate about quality in the Early Years sector, making sure that children receive the best possible care the help them reach their full potential. 

I am a regular contributor to Nursery World and other trade publications. I have sat on the judging panel for the TES and Nursery World awards on numerous occasions as well as many others. I have shared my expert knowledge with government departments and other national and international organisations.

My skills and knowledge have been honed over the many years that I have worked within the education, health and social services sectors. I have performed a wide range of roles including managing nurseries, as an Ofsted inspector and teacher and curriculum manager within a large college, as well as serving on a number of national and international forums and working parties.

I have worked with

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“Laura has been an inspiring advocate of all we do at the Inspired Leaders Network for a number of years now.

We initiated a mentoring scheme at Lilian Baylis Technology School in Streatham, south London, and looked for volunteers to mentor the youngsters who were looking for a mentor.

It is vital when setting up a mentoring scheme that the initial mentors are fully committed and of a high standard. This will ensure the scheme is seen to be attractive and successful from the off.

Laura was our very first volunteer, and she set the bar extremely high for all to follow.

She is organised, always fully prepared, inspiring and determined. She has been an inspiration to her mentee, and to all our other mentors.

Laura has time for everyone and has shared her experience, drive and expertise freely with all she has come into contact with.

She is quite simply the best.”

René Carayol MBE, broadcaster & author

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My News

Audio recording of My Skin Your Skin

September 12, 2021
It was a blessing to record the audio for my new book, My Skin Your Skin, at Penguin Random House’s UK headquarters this week. …

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It’s Time for a St Lucian Flower Festival

August 31, 2021
Excited to share JoJo and Gran Gran, Flower Festival radio episode. Listen via, BBC Sounds: Also via, CBeebies Radio:   Follow …

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Nursery World – My Skin, You Skin

August 22, 2021
Thank you Nursery World for the write up on My Skin, Your Skin: “My Skin, Your Skin’ aims to support …

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