Get to Know Laura
Laura Henry-Allain MBE is an award-winning international producer, storyteller, educationalist and consultant. She is the creator of the well-loved JoJo and Gran Gran series, developed and produced by CBeebies and is the series’ associate producer. She is also executive producer on a few shows that are currently in development, including Daddio & Co.
Her bestselling children's book, My Skin, Your Skin, illustrated by Onyinye Iwu, explores race and racism, and empowers children to be the best versions of themselves
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.