Gateshead Messy Play

Newcastle Upon Tyne

Help your child make their mark



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Would you like to run your own successful messy play franchise offering award-winning messy play classes in Newcastle?

Would you like a flexible job that fits around family life?

CLICK HERE to download a prospectus!

Little Learners is a unique and exciting mark making class devised by a qualified teacher. It is designed for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers to learn to write through play. Its aim is to develop children’s pre-writing motor skills, as well as their physical development (taking full account of EYFS guidance).

Physical development and mark making are vital skills to obtain in order for children to begin to grip objects, hold a pencil and eventually write. Little Learners classes help to prepare little ones for nursery and school by strengthening gross and fine motor skills, core strength and coordination.

Key benefits for the Little Learners franchisee include:

  • Flexible, family-friendly working hours. You choose when you work and how many classes you run

  • Start-up package including equipment, marketing materials and uniform

  • Extensive, exclusive territory in which to operate

  • Online training and ongoing support from head office and current Little Learners Franchisees – we are a close and supportive group!

  • Low overheads

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CLICK HERE to download a prospectus to run Messy Play Classes in Newcastle!

What our franchisees think…

I’ve been a Little Learners Franchisee for just over a year now and can honestly say it’s been the best year of my working life! After 21 years of teaching I needed a change and a job that would give me more time with my family. Little Learners has given me this and so much more! I thoroughly enjoy working for myself, choosing my hours to fit around the school run etc. What I didn’t expect was to be part of such as amazing and supportive team who are there with you every step of the way! To say Little Learners has changed our lives, as a family, would be an understatement. I only wish I’d done it sooner!

– Karen, Little Learners Aire Valley

Achievements and Blogs

What’s on 4 Kids Awards 2020

HOOP Awards 2019

We came runner up in the HOOP awards Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland  in 2 categories “Best for Learning” & “Best for Creative Fun”. Over 100,000 votes were cast in the 2019 Awards to find the UK’s favourite kids’ activities and celebrate the people and organisations that go above and beyond to entertain, educate and inspire children nationwide. Results were decided by a public vote, so to be a runner-up means so much to us – thank you!

Club Hub UK Awards 2019

We had trip to London in May for the Club Hub UK Awards where we were nominated for “Biggest Growth”. We didn’t win but were so thrilled to even be nominated, we had an amazing day and met lots of inspirational people!! (fingers crossed for next year!!)


Reviews & Recommendations


This class is fantastic! My son jumped in at half a term and completely loved it so we are now onto another term, I throughly enjoy taking him to explore the marks and enjoy spending the time watching him enjoy himself so much! I highly recommend the classes! The trainer is lovely and so enthusiastic, you can see how much care and effort goes into each class!



Theo and I have thorougly enjoyed Little Learners ran by Angela at Denton Burn Community Centre. Its such a shame my maternity leave is coming to an end otherwise I would have signed up for another term. Depending on the weather, there have been indoor and outdoor classes and Theo has loved them all. We started when he was 6 months old and he has been able to safely explore whilst getting very messy along the way!



I love taking my daughter to little learners messy play, her face lights up when she realises we are going there. It is a brilliant class and Angela does a brilliant job. My daughter is learning so much through mark making and loves to get messy. Both my daughter and I have met lots of new people through this group and we look forward to meeting more. Many thanks to Angela!



Absolutely love coming to Little Learners messy play classes with my Daughter. It’s great that we can both get messy, play and make our marks in a relaxed and safe environment. We are always greeted with a very warm welcome. Angela is naturally great with children and grown ups. I suffer with anxiety and depression, so being made to feel welcome and also having flexibility is important to us. Thank you little learner’s it’s not hard to see why these classes and events are so popular x



Our first messy play class today and was absolutely brilliant, my son loved making shapes and of course getting messy, 5 star hosting and the venue was also fab!
Can’t wait to book onto more classes!



Absolutely amazing… Angela did a fabulous job of my daughter Rubys 1st Birthday… highly recommend for parties. Lovely lady and extremely helpful thank you xx



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