Gateshead Messy Play

Preston & Chorley

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Help your child make their mark

Rachel Bignell


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About me

My name is Rachel, I am the proud owner of Little Learners Preston and Chorley and I deliver our award winning messy play classes, events and parties within Preston, Chorley and the surrounding areas. I live in Chorley with my husband Sam and our little girl Aoife and little boy Rupert.

I am a qualified primary school teacher with over six years experience teaching within Key Stage 1 and Early Years education. After having my little boy in October 2016 I decided I wanted to find a new role within education that would allow me to continue with my passion for teaching, whilst giving me the opportunity to spend more time with my family.

As well as enabling a child to write, mark making can also benefit a child physically, whilst helping them to develop their imagination and creative skills. It allows children to express their thoughts and feelings with the people around them, whilst also developing their hand eye coordination and fine motor skills – all the things that are essential when learning how to express yourself! My classes will allow babies, toddlers and preschool children the opportunity to learn these skills in an exciting and engaging way and will prepare them for their next step within their learning journey.

I am extremely excited to be bringing Little Learners mark making classes to the North West as it means I get to use the skills I have developed as a class teacher and do something that I truly love. I will offer a fun, friendly and relaxed atmosphere for both children and their parents/carers, where lots of learning and of course messy fun will take place! I look forward to meeting you all very soon. Happy mark making!

Party Packages

I love hosting Little Learners parties! It is the PERFECT, fun alternative to the usual soft play or children’s entertainers for birthdays or christenings. Did you know we can tailor our parties to your child’s interests and favourite characters too?  A ‘cake smash’ party is very popular and we have also catered to themes such as Peppa Pig, Unicorns, woodland, sea creatures, dinosaurs and ‘Super Messy’ which included all our class favourites. You could even theme it around your child’s nickname or favourite toy.

You can be as creative as you like or leave it all to us!

The party room would typically be set up with a variety of (themed) messy and dry trays, sensory play, painting and drawing stations, play dough, crafts and a dance area.  Our party packages start from £150 for up to 20 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? For an additional £20 I can do a cake smash tray and photograph it all for you too!


Reviews & Recommendations for my 5-star rated classes..

I am very proud to have received so many wonderful reviews for my classes from both mums, dads and grandparents.  My classes have a fun and friendly atmosphere, where EVERYONE is welcome and it is YOUR time to play and explore with your child.


My baby girl has just completed 2 terms and a Halloween special of the little learners messy play and I have to say I am very impressed. The sessions are well organised and delivered with enthusiasm and fun. My baby girl thoroughly loves getting stuck in and messy. Although she is a little too young to be making the specific marks, she is definitely learning about the different textures and tastes and is developing her pincer grip when trying to pick up little pieces. I am excited to watch my baby girl learn further and will definitely be booking on the next few terms.


We love Little Learners, we’ve done 1 term and booked for the Halloween and Christmas specials. We’ve even booked Little Learners for my little boys 1st birthday. The imagination and hard work that goes into the classes are amazing. I love how it gets my little one mark making as such a young age. Fab classes run by a fab lady! Thank you!


I have done a few groups with my daughter (just turned 3) and my son (8 months) but have struggled to find something that would appeal to them both or even that I could just simply take them both to. Little learners is Fab! Rachel knows her stuff and as a teacher myself, I like the fun and educational side of the sessions. It’s nice to have finally found something that both my children enjoy, but also challenges their development too. We all get very messy and we love it!


Little Learners is the best group that I have taken my daughter to. It’s educational (as well as very messy) and our group teacher Rachel is fantastic! She interacts with the children brilliantly and really knows what she’s doing. We’ve also met some fabulous Mums and babies. Signed up for next term!


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