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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

Using reading to celebrate diversity and combat racism

October 4, 2021
I am delighted to share the online book launch of My Skin, Your Skin on: Thursday 7th October 2021 19:00 …

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Life Time Achievement Award

September 26, 2021
It was a real honour to receive The Lifetime Achievement Award at The Nursery World Awards on Saturday. After nearly …

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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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