Houghton-le-spring messy play

Waltham Forest

Help your child make their mark

Natalie Cole

Welcome to Little Learners Waltham Forest! We currently run Messy Play & Mark Making classes in Walthamstow & Chingford. We also offer Little Learners Birthday parties, themed events and sessions in schools! Please get in touch if you have any questions....

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About me

Hi – I’m Natalie and I own Little Learners Waltham Forest!  I’m an IVF mama to a rambunctious 3 year old and a miscarriage survivor.  My journey to motherhood was a long twisty road of up and downs but I wouldn’t change it for the world.

My previous career was in the licensed kids wear section of the fashion industry.  It was after returning to work following maternity leave that I knew I needed a career that was more complimentary to family life.  Being a mother is everything to me, so although my hours were somewhat reduced I still found myself with the same workload as my full time colleagues and really struggling to create a work life balance that wasn’t loaded in mum guilt.  When my work place started making redundancies I knew it was now or never for me to embark on a new path.

What Little Learners is all about

Messy play was one of my favourite activities to take my son to when he was little I loved watching him enjoy different textures with amazement.  What I love about Little Learners is the educational aspect of mark making through messy play following the EYFS framework.  At my classes I help to develop your child’s sensory, gross and fine motor skills while they get creative and explore different things while getting messy!  Through mark making my goal is to give your child the tools needed to learn to form letters and numbers and eventually learn to write!  All this is done in varying levels of interactive fun and mess and the added bonus is that there’s no tidying up for you – I do it all!

Baby and Toddler groups are also very beneficial to parents and caregivers.  If this is your first child, I know firsthand that the adjustment to parenthood can be overwhelming.  Interacting with myself and other parents at my classes is a great way to get out of the home and have some adult time while engaging with your little one in a safe, fun a friendly environment.

Private Messy Play Parties!

Little Learners Birthday Parties are a unique and fun way to celebrate your little ones birthday.  It would be tailored to your child’s interests or favourite character and I’ll provide all the resources to suit your needs and budget. We can also include the ever popular cake smash!

Your party can be set up at a avenue of your choice and even your home or garden – I’ll bring everything that would be required, deliver the session and clear up all the mess at the end!

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