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My name is Laura Henry-Allain. I’m a leading, award-winning expert in Early Years education and children’s media both in the UK and internationally.

I’ve been working with babies and the under-sevens for three decades and I never get tired of watching them grow and develop into independent children and young people. I strongly believe that a good educational start offering love and support is the best foundation for a life of growth and learning.

Since I started in education I’ve used my skills to support colleagues who work directly with children, parents and settings. I also work with national and international organisations that provide services and expertise to children and their families.

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As well as training and consultancy work: 

    • I’ve been a nursery manager, Ofsted inspector, teacher and curriculum manager.
    • I’m a regular contributor to Nursery World, other trade publications and the national press.
    • I have written several books of my own. These include the JoJo and Gran Gran book series, which now airs on the BBC’s CBeebies channel.
    • I have been a regular member of the judging panel for the Nursery World, GESS and TES.
    • I have shared my expert knowledge with government departments, including the Department for Education, advising them on policy and strategy decisions.
    • I have served on a number of national and international forums and working parties.
    • I mentor a number of young people, which I find thoroughly rewarding.
    • I am vice-president of The British Association for Early Childhood Education
    • I am an educational consultant for the BBC
    • I am an ambassador for the Jermain Defoe Foundation

 

I am also the mother of two grown-up sons, one of whom is autistic.

Highlight of my career: being invited to meet his
Holiness the Dalai Lama

Laura & Dalai Lama

I’d love to talk more with you, please feel free to contact me

My News

Author and events

December 12, 2021
I have been doing a few author visits although the face-to-face visits have stopped on a temporary basis due to …

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New JoJo and Gran Gran radio episodes!

December 5, 2021
There are two new JoJo and Gran Gran episodes on the radio. Its Time To Go To the Ballet Its …

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Oxford University

November 27, 2021
I’m delighted to be one of the expert advisors on this Child and Adolescent Psychiatry project run by the University of Oxford. “The …

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Have a Kitkat!

November 15, 2021
The deputy head of Wendell Park Primary School (School Partnership), Rosie, ordered a signed copy of My Skin, Your Skin …

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