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Sian Smith

Welcome to Little Learners Fareham & Eastleigh! We currently run Messy Play & Mark Making classes across Fareham & Eastleigh. We also offer Little Learners Birthday parties and themed events! Please use our booking system below or get in touch if you have any questions....

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About me

Hi there! My name is Sian. I am based in the south of Hampshire and live with my husband and little girl. For the past 14 years I have worked as a primary school teacher, spending just over a decade in Early years education and I deliver Messy Play classes in Fareham and Eastleigh.

After having my daughter over two years ago I wanted a new challenge that would fit in with family life but still give me the opportunity to work with young children. I came across ‘Little Learners’ in an internet forum and as soon as I looked into the company, I knew it was exactly what I was looking for!

As a passionate Early years practitioner who understands the importance of investigative pre writing skills, I could really see the benefits of the companies aims, goals and ethos. Learning through play is such a key part of Early child development. I love watching how children discover new skills and develop their self confidence to see what else they can achieve. To enable a child to be a confident writer, they need quality experiences to develop their fine motor skills and mark making, which is exactly what Little Learners provides.

I will bring my knowledge and experience to my Little Learners sessions and provide fun and exciting classes which allow your child to make their own discoveries. There will be a warm welcome to all parents, families and carers and I will provide a safe, purposeful environment for all to enjoy.

I look forward to meeting you all at my Little Learners events, parties and messy play classes  in Fareham and Eastleigh and helping your little ones to ‘make their mark‘.

Did you know?

We can cater for allergies for any class, event or party! Just tell us your requirements and we will plan the rest.


After a very long time away during lockdown, we are SO happy to back up and running our fantastic classes and events again! As we all know, there needs to be many changes in place for this to happen and to ensure we all keep ourselves and everyone else healthy and safe.

Currently, classes and events are being held at Priory Park Community Hall, Locks Heath and Fair Oak Village Hall, in Fair Oak Eastleigh.

Here’s a summary of the changes you will find at our classes and events.

-Awarded the ‘Good to go – visit England’ certification

-As the class teacher, I have completed ‘Infection Control for Childhood Settings’ training – provided by Daisy First Aid

-Specific ‘Covid secure’ Risk Assessments completed for each venue

-Covid-secure room set up with hand sanitising/ washing stations and floor markers at 2m spacing from neighbouring families

-Socially distanced (2m) individual family ‘stations’

-Face coverings are worn by all adults throughout each session at each venue

-Individual stations include a large messy tray,

4-5 separate materials to use provided in sealed sanitised tubs,

Individual sealed mark making toolkits and mini bath bowl and towel for clean up time

-Hand sanitiser and antibac wipes available at each station

-NHS track and trace QR Code Scanning at each venue

-Online booking/payment only

-Cashless /card payment pop up shop full of exciting messy play and mark making products

Visit our Facebook page to see our Messy Mark Making in action here.

To find out more about Messy Play classes in Fareham and Eastleigh areas, drop me an email at 


Messy Play at Home

We are all spending a lot more time at home at the moment and keeping the kids entertained on some days are harder than others. We can offer a range of solutions to beat the boredom for your little or big ones with our Messy Bundles, Lucky Dip Boxes and Home Hire packs. Take a look at what we have to offer below.

Bundles to purchase

Home Hire Packs available now!

Classic Messy Play Hire packs – £20 per week

Do you fancy having some messy place fun at home but don’t have the equipment or resources to do it?

The pack includes hire of a tuff tray and 8-10 tools PLUS some messy play resources for you to keep to use again and again!

You can hire the pack for one week for just £20, or for longer if you wish, for an additional charge – just let me know. Local non-contact delivery available in Whiteley and surrounding areas with a small extra charge for other areas around Fair Oak and Eastleigh.

All resources will be deep cleaned before and after hire. Also included are free colouring sheets and activity ideas to use with your play pack. If you would like to book a pack, please message me at


‘Less Mess’ Playdough Hire packs – £15 per week

We are so pleased to now offer this fantastic ‘less mess’ home hire pack option, all based around PLAYDOUGH!
The pack includes a tuff tray, tools and cutters (to hire) and 4 x batches of different playdough and 4 themed playdough mats themed to your choice (to keep)
£15.00 per week but you can hire for as long as you wish
I will drop off the pack to your doorstep at the beginning of your week of hire. At the end of the week, just pop the equipment back in the box and I will collect again – easy!
Delivery to Whiteley and surrounding areas (free) with a small additional charge of £3.00 to areas of Eastleigh (Fair Oak, Chandlers Ford, West End, Hedge End etc)

If you are interested in any of our home hire packs, please contact me on

Let’s Party!


Due to the current situation of COVID-19 and Government restrictions, we are unable to provide our usual party packages for more than 6 people at the moment. There is some good news though.. we are able to offer our new ‘Mini Messy Garden Party’ packages.

Have you got a special occasion coming up? Perhaps your little one is celebrating their birthday and isn’t able to have a usual party with their friends? Why not book one of our mini messy play parties.

I’ll come to your garden or home and set everything up. The whole set-up can be themed to your child’s interests, e.g. Peppa Pig, Dinosaurs, Transport, Unicorns -whatever you like! You keep tray contents/play dough to re-use as you wish.
Just put all items back in a box and I will collect trays/tools/pens/floor coverings the following day and take home to clean. There’s even an extra option to add a messy play bundle for an additional charge that you can keep.

Please remember that current government regulations only allow 6 people from more than one household, indoors or outdoors at any one time. (England – October 2020)

Prices start at £70. Let us create a fantastic mini messy play party for your close family to remember.

Please message me for more details


We can provide a fantastic Little Learners party for your little one’s birthday as well as any other occasion.

Once you have decided on your venue of choice, the room would be set up with messy trays based on your chosen theme and lots of sensory play, drawing, playdough and painting. I will bring all the resources needed for the fun to begin, set up each area and lead the session and clear away at the end – taking all the stress away so you can sit back and enjoy spending time with your little one on their special day!

Whether you have a young Peppa Pig fan at home or a dinosaur explorer, I can tailor the party to meet your own child’s interests and wishes. We have a range of party packages to suit different budgets and needs. Party packages can be booked for up to 20 children.


For that extra special treat, how about adding a cake smash messy tray or having a cake smash party? These are great fun for everyone and extremely popular!

You can also find us on for more information and special discounts on all of our party packages!

For more information about your party or to check availability for your messy play event, please contact me on


In October 2020, our franchise ‘Little Learners UK’ held their annual awards ceremony and I am so proud to say, that I received not one but three awards!

Thank you to everyone that voted for me in the ‘Teacher of the year’ category – it means so much to know that my customers are enjoying my sessions with their little ones.

Our Feedback, Reviews and Recommendations

“Thanks for a fab dinosaur session this morning – Jacob LOVED it. It was so well organised, lovely atmosphere despite having to wear masks etc. Thank you so much… we will see you again for Halloween fun x’

Locks Heath event (October 2020)


“Jenson’s 1st time and he loved it. Have booked again and would recommend it and covid safe”.

Locks Heath event (October 2020)


“We started Messy Play before lockdown back in March and my little boy absolutely loved his session! After lockdown, Sian’s communication with everyone about when classes would start was brilliant and I was able to re-enrol onto the course with ease. My little boy had lots of fun and enjoyed making lots of mess!:)”

Locks Heath group (October 2020)


“We really enjoyed the session today it was great fun . Looking forward to next week”

Fair Oak group (September 2020)


“We have attended Little Learners for some time in Fair Oak. My son and I have had great fun with Sian during our time with her getting messy! Developmentally, it is a fantastic activity to do! I am very grateful for all the time we have been at Little Learners and Albie has really enjoyed going. Thank you so much for making us both feel welcome and it is so wonderful what you do and how much effort you put into it too! A lot of love is put into Sian’s sessions and that is clear to see also with the rapport she makes with the parents and their children too”.

Fair Oak group (August 2020)


“My little girl really enjoyed Sian’s class and all of the different stations she set up. Sian did a great job with setting everything up and was so welcoming. We have some great memories from the class and would highly recommend to anyone looking to join a baby/toddler class”

Locks Heath group (August 2020)


“Sian is fantastic – so welcoming and makes her sessions so fun for the kids. me and my lil boy absolutely love her creative messy trays at sessions- there’s always a range of them with some edible ones, some wet ones, sand, paint etc and always different every week. but always with an emphasis on mark making. i love even more that i don’t have to tidy everything up after too. a fantastic class, highly recommended”.

Fair Oak group (August 2020)


“Sian’s classes are really relaxed and fun. She is so welcoming and friendly and there to lend a help in hand (I have a nearly 3 year old and 1 year old so it’s needed!). We go to the fair oak village hall sessions and the room is lovely, nice and warm, parking right outside and loos right next door. There’s something for both my boys there as the eldest like things like play-doh and painting, Mark making and my youngest just generally crawling about and getting stuck in with all the different materials! We’ve been a regular for a while and keep coming back for more

Mum of 2 year old and 1 year old- Fair Oak Group


“a brilliant first party for my son, Sian was so lovely and did an amazing job, all the stations were so clever and imaginative and was made suitable for all ages. great fun for everyone would highly recommend xx”

Mum of 1 year old –  Birthday party


“Warm, friendly experience and very professional, lots of activities for little ones to experiment with, great for sensory play”.

Mum of 1 year old – Fair Oak Group


“I brought my granddaughter here and she thoroughly enjoyed it! Lovely friendly atmosphere and Sian is very welcoming and marvellous with the children. Super fun and educational too, I don’t even have to clear up afterwards. Perfect for bringing out a little one’s creativity!”

Grandmother of 1 1/2  year old – Fair Oak Group


“My son, partner and I really look forward to a Friday morning when we have the opportunity to go to this group and get really stuck in! Our son has an amazing time every week, playing, exploring and creating and we don’t have to deal with the mess afterwards! Win, win!
Sian is a brilliant leader and always brings enthusiasm and a friendly atmosphere to the group. Thoroughly recommend this group if you want your child to still be a toddler and have fun, but also learn something along the way- ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️”

Mum of 2 year old – Fair Oak Group


“I just wanted to let you know I think your classes are great!… You have a lovely personable approach and made us feel very welcome”.

Mum of 11 month old and 2 year old – Fair Oak Group


Sian is a brilliant leader and always brings enthusiasm and a friendly atmosphere to the group. Thoroughly recommend this group if you want your child to still be a toddler and have fun, but also learn something along the way – *****’

Mum of 2 year old – Fair Oak Group


Find us on the Shop Local App

We are delighted to be a part of this fantastic new ‘shop local’ app created by the wonderful Susi at Small Treasures Photography.

Not only can you get your hands on a great discount to spend on our vouchers to spend on our classes or messy play products, there’s also plenty of other amazing offers from lots of other local small businesses too in Portsmouth and surrounding areas.

Follow the link in the post below to get the app on your phone- happy shopping!

Thanks for reading all about us ! Sian x

Visit our Facebook page to see more here.


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