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Elinor Barrett

Welcome to Little Learners Gloucester & Forest of Dean! We run Messy Play & Mark Making classes and events across the area. We also offer Little Learners birthday parties! Please get in touch if you have any questions or book a class using the system below ..

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About me

Hi my name is Elinor, I live in the beautiful Forest of Dean with my husband and our 3 amazing children aged 18, 15 and 6

I am a qualified primary school teacher and I have been teaching for 20 years. The majority of my teaching time has been spent with early years and KS1. I love working with early years and understand how important play, exploration and creativity are in early education.

I am so lucky to be a part of Little Learners and I aim to bring all my teaching knowledge, skills and experience to deliver exciting, fun filled, engaging messy play and mark making classes for you and your children. I absolutely love my job and holding messy play classes in Gloucester and Forest of Dean.

Current Classes:

Forest of Dean Classes are now held in our brand new very own venue located in Foxglove Gardens, High Street Coleford.

We have a variety of messy play and soft play and sensory sessions on weekday mornings and Saturday mornings.

Please see our new page here:

Messy Play classes in Gloucester


Gloucester Classes :

Mondays 11- 12 at Longlevens Community Centre

Current Events:

We often have special themed events held in Gloucester and Forest of Dean.

Party Packages:

I LOVE organising themed  MESSY PLAY PARTIES!

We can tailor each party to your child’s interests and provide a range of resources to suit your needs and budget. The party room typically will be set up with (themed) messy trays, sensory play, painting, drawing stations & play dough. Themes could be your child’s favourite programme or interests eg: Peppa Pig, Frozen, Paw Patrol, Farm themed and many more! We can even do our very popular cake smash trays.

All you need to do is find a venue – I then bring everything required, set up your messy play party, you all have tonnes of messy play fun then I do all the cleaning!!

packages start from only £140

We now also hold messy play parties in our brand new Playspace venue in Coleford, Forest of Dean.

Messy Play classes in Gloucester

Please email  or call 07803624733 for more information and booking.


What are the classes all about?

Messy Play classes in Gloucester & Forest of Dean

Little Learners is a wonderful way to engage young children and develop their physical skills such as core strength and coordination, as well as social and communication skills.

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Enjoying messy play sessions helps to develop their early writing skills too. Each week we practise a different shaped mark. As the children practise making marks, we can start to show them how to form letters and numbers. This is great for getting them ready for school!

Classes are all mixed ages with activities to suit babies up to pre-schoolers. This means that they are great for siblings; we offer a fantastic sibling discount.

Each week we explore a variety of messy play, paint, playdough, crayons, chalk, small motor skills, movement and more to help us practise our marks and have educational, sensory fun.

My aim is that my classes are relaxed, welcoming and fun, enabling you to spend time with your child and help them to develop skills they will need for the future. It is also a great place to chat and meet other parents.

Visit our Facebook page to see what we get up to in classes!



 For Messy Play Classes, themed parties and work in schools and Nurseries in Gloucester and Forest of Dean.

Get in touch to check for prices and  availability  or call 07803624733

Reviews and Recommendations: ( see these and more 5 star reviews on my Facebook

“This is my little boy Ellis, he’s just turned one.
He has been going to Elinor’s Little Learners class in Lydney since he was 5 months old. He has thrived so much from attending Elinor’s classes.
Elinor is an absolute credit to Little Leaners, she works incredibly hard, producing the most amazing, inventive and fun messy trays. She is extremely attentive to every single child and parent! I’ve introduced friends to these classes and they absolutely love them!
We don’t just look forward to the class every Tuesday, but also to seeing Elinor.
If you haven’t already, come try out the class 😍”  Sarah 

‘First time we went last Tuesday. and Callum really enjoyed it. he loved making friends as well. you do a brilliant job keeping the children entertained by all the amazing activities. we will definitely be making it our weekly adventure’ 🙂 xx  Claire

‘Freddie loves making his mark and getting messy in these session. great sensory for babies and can see how it helps them to learn letter and number formation. highly recommend these sessions even my eldest liked the Halloween play in the holiday.’  Maxine

‘What a fabulous morning!! My toddler had so much fun getting messy and even came away with a little goodie bag thank you Elinor’    Carla 

‘Took my daughter to the Gloucester session today and she loved it … very friendly will definitely be coming back’ Ayesha

”Harry loves attending Little Learners. Not only has he learnt different lines and marks but he has also explored new foods, socialised with new friends and the classes have encouraged him to sit up more. Thanks for creating such fun sessions.” Katy

”In the whole 23 months of his life, my son has never been so engrossed in something before. Will be going every week! So much to do & everyone is so friendly ! Thank you x” Hanna

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