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Messy Play Classes In Lewes
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Kate Richardson

Welcome to Little Learners Lewes & Brighton! We run Messy Play & Mark Making classes in Uckfield and Brighton.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 currently run messy play classes in 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. My main passion was and is teaching children with a range of special educational needs, developing not only their educational skills, but also their social, emotional and physical development. I am also a private tutor for Primary aged children.

I LOVE running Little Learners classes and planning lots of exciting, fun and educational activities for your little ones.

Messy Play classes and special events in Brighton & Uckfield

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!

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The party room will be set up with (themed) messy trays, sensory play, painting and drawing stations, play dough & crafts. There are a number of party packages to choose from, starting from £100.  Your party can be set up at a venue of your choice, with options of fully hosted, set up and leave and party in a box!   Smaller parties in your own home/garden can also be arranged. Please message to find out more.

“Thank you so much for all your hard work! You were fabulous from start to finish, we couldn’t have done it without you. The kids absolutely loved your messy play and had a ball! We really appreciate all your hard work and creativity. ”

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Reviews & Recommendations


“My little boy went to little learners from 5 months – 20 months and he’s only stopped due to nursery. The sensory and messy play from the beginning brought smiles, lots of different experiences and massively improved his gross and fine motor skills. Fast forward to 16/17 months old and he knew he was going to messy play to “make marks” and get a “sticker” for them – which he loved! By the end he could recognise an “H” for his name and almost write it independently. He can correctly form all 4 types of marks in the air and on paper and has had the most fun along the way – he will be back for Kate’s events in the holidays! I would highly recommend for all pre-school aged children – One very happy mummy.” (Katie Dec ’21)


“This is the best toddler class in town! Kate is just so lovely and fun. Our little munchkin gets very unsettled in new environments and she has made him feel so comfortable there. I just wish we could go every day! (Brighton Parent – Oct ’21)


“Thank you Kate. You are a very talented, creative, lovely lady. E & I have absolutely loved coming to your classes, having fun, getting messy, learning lots, spending quality time together & getting to know you. Thank you for providing such a wonderful, relaxed setting. We shall miss you & hope to pop by on Thursdays & for Specials. Huge grateful thanks for everything, you are amazing. Lots of love & very best wishes for your continued success. You deserve every happiness. Big hugs from your Hoover Loving Friends! ”  Nadine (Little Learners Uckfield  and summer holiday classes August ’19)


“I’ve been going to little learners for a while now with both my children. It’s perfect for little ones all ages as they love all the mess and get stuck right in! My youngest has been going since she was a baby and is now 18 months old! I would recommend this for any parents to meet people too and the children love it. Each week there are different things to play with and all the holiday ones are themed! The teacher Kate is lovely too.” Natalie (Little Learners classes and events August ’19)


“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)


“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)

Little Learners Sessions in Schools

Little Learners sessions can be run in schools for nursery and reception children as well as groups of children with a range of special educational needs. I am a qualified and experienced primary school teacher. I have experience of teaching children from 3-11 years old, both mainstream pupils and those with special educational needs. I am DBS checked, first aid trained and hold public liability insurance. All session resources and coverings are provided and set up, tidy up and removal are included. Sessions can be planned to link with current class topics and interests and can be adapted to suit specific needs in liaison with school staff.

 We are really delighted to be able to report that the Little Learners program has been extremely successful since its inception in January 2015. We feel this is due in no small part to the fact that it can be easily differentiated to produce fantastic outcomes in terms of improvements to motor skills, pencil hold and ultimately formation – for babies, preschoolers, Reception pupils and children with additional needs.

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Prices are negotiable and dependent on the number of children and length of session required. Some schools use pupil premium funding to support children with additional needs who would benefit form the Little Learners programme.

Please email for further information 

Kate has provided a weekly sensory play session for my class of 11 children since January. The children are aged from 4 – 7 years and have a range of communication and interaction difficulties and additional learning needs.

Kate has been fabulous to work with. She has tailored her standard Little Learners format to meet the needs of our class and to fit in with our topics. The session always includes music, movement and structured whole group mark making, exploratory learning in the sensory trays, independent fine motor activities including playdough, puzzles and mark making materials, group tidying up and a review session.

The sessions have developed the children’s sensory play and ability to tolerate different sensations and textures. We have seen this impact upon their willingness to try new activities in the classroom and foods in the canteen. 

The sessions have also impacted upon the children’s feeling about mark making and the way they talk about the marks they make. They are much happier to have a go and in the classroom,  they often refer to our mark making characters (Lionel Line/Archie/Ziggy or Swirlo) when talking about their writing.

The sensory trays also encourage and provide additional practise in sharing and developing the language of turn taking. The sessions also provide the perfect setting for introducing and reinforcing a range of concepts such as hard/soft, cold/warm, wet/dry, etc and verb vocabulary, e.g. rolling, brushing, squeezing, etc.

The children love the sessions and often start asking on Monday when their Little Learners session will be!

On a practical level, one of the best things of having a Little Learners session is that Kate brings all the resources that are going to be used that day. She is provides a huge range of sensory resources. Each week the resources change and are presented in interesting and engaging ways. Also, Kate sets everything up and clears everything away at the end of the session. 

We have been very impressed with the richness of the experience these sessions have provided for our children and we hope to continue the sessions next year. ”   (Brighton School – July ’19)


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