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Laura - About Me

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

Get Creative App

April 30, 2021
I’m delighted to share that JoJo and Gran Gran is now included on the CBeebies Get Creative App. Download the App via this …

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Not one, but two nominations!

April 23, 2021
I am super delighted that JoJo and Gran Gran has been nominated for two awards! The programme is up for …

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Becoming an inclusive, anti-racist early educator

April 16, 2021
Free event and guide Join Tiney’s Matt Lloyd-Rose and me for the launch of our free guide for the Early Years sector: Day: Wednesday 21st April 2021 Time: 19:00 GMT Becoming …

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Bookseller Special Edition

April 12, 2021
Thanks to Nathan Byron for including Onyinye Iwu’s and my new children’s picture book: My Skin, Your Skin, in The Bookseller’s The Black Issue.  Pre-order here: …

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