Hello and welcome!
ABOUT US -
Here at Nature Seekers we facilitate meaningful opportunities for children to be able to learn, through embracing and exploring nature. Our aim is to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners. Based in Harrow, we invite you to learn more about us and let the adventure begin…
My name is Natasha Khattak, I am an Ofsted registered childminder and I run Nature Seekers in Harrow. Having worked in various childcare settings for many years, I noticed children becoming increasingly disconnected to nature and in turn themselves. The value of free, child-initiated outdoor play and adventure is incomparable to any other activity. I am enthused by the prospect of being able to facilitate such activities and provide them with the perfect environment to allow their personality and potential to flourish.
WHAT IS FOREST SCHOOL -
Forest School is a child led, unhurried approach to learning. It allows children to explore and experience the natural world through practical activities. Through outdoor emersion, children can better understand the world, nature, and themselves. Children today have less time and freedom to play than ever before. The society we live is increasingly averse to taking risks and less tolerant of children behaving like children and learning at their own pace, without social pressures. At forest school, children go out in all weathers, learning through the changes in environment and exploring the natural treasures that the four seasons have to offer. The varied natural resources in our woodlands are used to encourage creative thinking, skill development, and problem solving, all in the guise of play.
THE BENEFITS OF FOREST SCHOOL -
- Cultivates an innate love and desire to learn.
- Provides the opportunity to explore, move freely and discover.
- Develops care and concern for the world, each other, and ourselves.
- Stimulates the senses and creates memorable learning opportunities.
- Increases confidence and resilience.
- Develops their sense of self-esteem and self-awareness.
- Increases independence and ignites curiosity.
- Develops communication, concentration, and coordination.
- Develops knowledge of flora and fauna.
- Provides fresh air and time to reflect.
WHAT WE OFFER -
From Monday to Friday throughout the year, Nature Seekers offer a Forest School based Childminding Service.
As a trainee Forest School Leader, my childminding is very much inspired by the forest school ethos, however, like all childminders and nurseries we do follow the National Guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Children in our care will spend the majority of their time outdoors, through snow, rain, or shine! They will frequently visit local woodlands and parks and be exposed to a variety of natural wonders. We will also provide the children with many other activities including yoga, baking, messy play, local visits, music, mark making, imaginative play, story time and so much more!
We do our utmost to ensure all children in our care develop into well rounded, confident, resilient children with a passion for learning.
We are open from Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm, and all ages are welcome! Nature Seekers is based at a home setting just off Headstone Lane, Harrow. From there we visit and explore many local magical woodland settings.
I have worked at various indoor and outdoor childcare settings over the past 13 years, including a year at a special needs school.
Childcare in a Home Based Setting
Pediatric First Aid Training
Forest School First Aid Training
Basic food hygiene
Currently training to be a Forest School Leader.
I open from 8:00am- 6.00pm from Monday to Friday, throughout the year.
I can also offer weekend and overnight care, but this would be on a short-term basis.
School pick ups from Pinner Park Primary School.
|Last Updated: 06/02/2021|
- Babysitting from £12.00 per hour
- Childminding from £7.00 per hour
£7 per hour for childminding (this will include drinks, healthy snacks, regular outings and all resources)
£12 per hour for babysitting (evenings and weekends minimum 4 hours)
School picks up’s (from Pinner Park Primary School) will be charged at £5 per day.
Main meals can be included for an additional charge.
Visit our website for more information and pictures to give an idea of what we do.
My Local Schools
- I provide drop offs and pick ups at Pinner Park Infant and Nursery School
- Ofsted Certificate (added 06/10/2020)
- First Aid Certificate: Preparing to work in a home-based setting level 3 CACHE (added 02/08/2020)
- Training Certificate: CV (added 02/08/2020)
- UK Passport (added 02/08/2020)
- DBS Check (added 02/08/2020)
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I can’t recommend Nature Seekers enough.
Natasha has been such a pleasure to work with. This is the first setting I’ve left my 22month old in, so I was very nervous but Natasha soon put me at ease. From moment I met Natasha in her home I felt very comfortable, her place is so clean lots of toys, books, arts-crafts the garden is great too with lots for the kids to do, my boy loves the chickens. I’d been to see a few places but nowhere compared to Natasha’s with what she could offer.
Natasha has already developed a lovely relationship with my boy already, my boy now runs into her home which is a joy to see.
In the three months my boy has been with Natasha he’s come on leaps and bounds, everyday he’s coming home more confident saying new words. Natasha keeps me updated with lovely pics and videos throughout the day, it’s great seeing all the little adventures my boys getting up to, he also comes home with paintings that he’s done.
The forest school is such a nice touch when I show friends who have regular childminders what my boy is up to they are very jealous, so I think nature seekers is very good value for money. Natasha provides healthy snacks, my boy is mad on fruit so he gets lots of that which is great. Recently Natasha has kindly agreed to provide meals for my little one as I was finding he wanted to eat her meals rather than my packed lunch which is great as he’s been eating a lot more. Natasha has been supporting him with using cutlery independently also.
I look forward to working with Natasha for a long time to come, we feel so lucky to have found her.
Response by Nature Seekers on 16/01/2021:
Thank you so much Charlene, your little one is such a delight and it's so lovely to watch him grow, learn new skills and form beautiful friendships.
Natasha has been looking after my son for the past two years. She has lots of activities to offer both in her house setting and outside and I have seen my son developing significantly in her care. The forest school aspect of her setting is simply Amazing. She seems to be always very attentive and fully aware of the developmental needs of the children in her care and is extremely generous, patient, and highly skilled when dealing with children in her care. I would highly recommend her to everyone!
Response by Nature Seekers on 16/01/2021:
Thank you so much, its been such a pleasure to care for your little one and watch him blossom over the years.
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