Lewes & Brighton

Help your child make their mark

Kate Richardson

Welcome to Little Learners Lewes & Brighton! We run Messy Play & Mark Making classes in Cooksbridge, Lewes & Uckfield. 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 Kate and I live in Ringmer, East Sussex with my husband and 2 children.

I run classes in Ringmer, Cooksbridge,  Brighton and Uckfield. My classes are friendly and welcoming and suit children of all abilities aged from 5 months to 5 years.

I am an experienced and qualified primary school teacher and have taught children aged 2-11 years old throughout my 15 years of teaching. For the last 9 years I have pursued my main passion of teaching children with a range of special educational needs, developing not only their educational skills, but also their social, emotional and physical development.

I was so excited to discover Little Learners, an ideal way to use my knowledge and skills to help children develop their mark making and pre-writing skills. These fab classes also stimulate children’s sensory and social development through messy play and most importantly having fun! I have always been a strong believer that children learn best through play.

These classes not only benefit the children, but it is also a great way for parents/carers to meet other parents, chat and share experiences, in a relaxed environment. All in the knowledge that you are helping to develop important gross and fine motor skills in your children, with the bonus of none of the clearing up at the end!

I look forward to meeting and welcoming lots of new families and having great messy fun with mark-making!

Party Packages

Little Learners Birthday parties are great fun and so unique! Did you know we can tailor our parties to your child’s interests and favourite characters, books or TV shows?  We also offer our popular ‘cake smash’  tray (for a small additional fee), which make fabulous photo opportunities to mark your little one’s Birthday!


The party room will be set up with (themed) messy trays, sensory play, painting and drawing stations, play dough, crafts and dance area.  Our party packages start from £120 for up to 15 children and your party can be set up at a venue of your choice – we bring everything required, deliver the session and clear up all the mess afterwards – what could be better? Smaller parties in your own home/garden can also be arranged.

Drop me an email to discuss your ideas and for prices and availability at


Reviews & Recommendations


“My little boy, nearly two, has grown to absolutely love Little Learners Lewes and Brighton with lovely Kate. He started off completely opposed to getting messy, so stuck to the fine motor skills activities, play dough and drawing. After a couple of weeks he really started to warm to the more messy activities and with Kate’s calm enthusiasm and patience ended up painting himself, Kate…and me! He even managed to do some good mark making with his new love of the more messy activities!
I really feel that he has gained a lot from Little Learners, confidence, but also better ‘writing’ skills, there’s definitely now more definition and variety in his shapes when he’s drawing. Kate’s classes are such fun and we both really enjoy them together.”

Alison (Little Learners Brighton class Feb ’19)


“We have had a fabulously fun time this term at little learners. Maddison has really come out of her shell and got stuck into every activity, her fine motor and mark making skills have developed in such a short time……who knew learning could be so much fun! Thank you Kate”

Sarah (Little Learners Uckfield class Feb ’19)


“Our little girl has so much fun each week at messy play, exploring all the different textures and colours. She’s being going to Kate’s class in Ringmer for over 6 months and no 2 classes have been the same. So much creativity and effort goes into making each session unique and exciting for little minds. It’s a great way for little ones to experiment and explore without having the mess in your own home & is good fun for the adults too !! I would highly recommend Little Learners Lewes and Brighton classes to anyone as well as the special sessions for Halloween and Christmas. Thanks Kate “

Naomi (Little Learners Ringmer class Dec ’18)


I have been taking my grandson since the group started in September, although he was only just over 5 months old then he really enjoyed feeling all the lovely new textures….especially the slimy and squishy ones!
The group is very welcoming, and Kate very attentive to all her little learners. It is a lovely safe enviroment for children to learn in. We love it!!
Joan (Little Learners Cooksbridge class Dec ’18)


“My 9 month old daughter and I love our Messy Play sessions with Kate! She’s so friendly and welcoming, actively encouraging the children whom are all different ages to explore their senses and get MESSY!! It’s our favourite class and has given me the confidence to try out different messy play activities at home! We went to the session on The Green in Ringmer and now attend weekly sessions in Cooksbridge- if you and your little person haven’t tried it then you’re missing out!! I’ve already got three friends interested in next term so let’s hope my daughter and I still get a space!!”

Jodie (Little Learners Cooksbridge class Sept ’18)


“What a fab time we had at Little Learners messy play this morning! My 11 month old loved getting covered in beans, crazy soap & paint! Kate who run’s the group is absolutely fab & gets everyone involved! Would highly recommend, we can’t wait to go again!”  Rachel (Little Learners Cooksbridge class Sept’18)


“Thank you for a lovely morning! Toby & Elsie really enjoyed discovering different types of textures using their hands and feet trying to make marks. It was lovely and relaxed the twins were able to potter around discovering different types of messy play!
My eldest had a wonderful time in the cake mixture. Thank you & look forward to many more sessions.”

Andrea (Little Learners Cooksbridge class Sept ’18)


“Was really good I hope it’s on again 🙂”   Lisa (Little Learners on the Green Aug ’18)
“My son and I loved the Little Learners event on the green. He got thoroughly stuck in! We’ve been to a few ‘messy play’ sessions before but this was even better as it introduced different mark making and the use of fun characters really grabbed his attention. A great way to incorporate some education into an amazing play session giving them free reign to make as much mess as they like! We can’t wait to attend again!”  Jenny  (Little learners on the Green Aug ’18)
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