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Messy Play Classes in Winchester
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Kim Coombs

Welcome to Little Learners Winchester! We run Messy Play & Mark Making classes and events across Winchester. We also offer Little Learners birthday parties! Please get in touch if you have any questions...

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About me

Hello my name is Kim I live in Winchester, Hampshire with my husband Steve and my two children Wilfie 11  Molly 7 and my two Cocker Spaniel fur babies Benji and Lola. I run Little Learner messy play classes, parties and themed events in and around the Winchester area covering three postcodes, SO21, SO22 and SO23.

I have over 22 years’ experience in early years and have worked in many different child care roles such as a private nanny, nursery practitioner, senior nursery practitioner, deputy and nursery manager before moving onto my next chapter to become part of the Little Learners franchisee team.

Being fully involved in 0 – 5 development over the years and always looking at ways to  support, motivate and inspire our children’s learning, I understand the value and feel very passionate about hidden learning through play and the benefits play based learning brings.

Multi award – winning Little Learners educational mark making program is about providing sensory and messy exploration in a fun interactive way to encourage and strengthen important foundation skills and core muscles in children 5 months to 5 years, helping children to make their marks which leads into letter/number formation and writing skills for when they reach school.

I look forward to welcoming you to a class soon.
Thank you, Kim

What are Little Learners Winchester Messy Play Classes all about?

At Little Learners Winchester we love to play and by allowing the children the freedom of exploration, fun messy stimulating activities we are opening up so many learning opportunities not only in mark making but all areas in the Early Years Foundation Stage, which covers development from birth to the end of reception.

Our activities are supported by our loveable mark makers, Lionel,  Archie, Swirlo and Ziggy, with their own special marks they like to make.

I plan a new theme each week, so imagination is key and all ages from 5 month to 5 years are catered for. Included in the planning there will always  be activities to encourage both fine and gross motor skills, hand – eye coordination, strengthening core muscles including activities that support tummy time. The venue will be set up with a mixture of both dry and messy play tuff trays, fine motor skill toys such as puzzles, shape sorters, threading etc playdough, colouring/drawing and paint.

When you arrive to class we start with a welcome and a introduction to the mark maker of the day and the theme and then have a little dance with ribbons, making movements to match the character. I will go through what is in the trays then you are free to explore. Throughout the class I will come and chat, celebrate achievements, share and support next steps to help challenge your child and be available for any questions. Ten minutes before the end of class I will play our tidy up song, I will provide tubs of warm water to wash and we say our goodbyes, not forgetting our well done stickers.

The classes are great for encouraging social interaction and supporting children personal, social and emotional needs.
The classes are designed to support each child’s unique learning style taking into consideration their own individual characteristics.

At Little Learners Winchester having fun is a priority and the mess ( that you don’t have to clean up yourself) is just a bonus 🙂

Please feel free to email me to find out more.

Reviews & Recommendations


“What a great experience we had at messy play with little learners. My 2 yr old daughter really enjoyed it and loved all the activities each week. Kim puts incredible thought into the themes for her sessions and her time and energy is greatly appreciated! Thank you and I would thoroughly recommend it!”


“We love attending Kim’s messy play classes! Each tray and activity is planned and imagined so well, you can tell a lot of thought and effort has gone into each class. Each session explores all the senses and encourages learning in different ways, for babies and toddlers. Kim spends the session making sure everyone is having fun and her experience working with children really shines through. We can’t wait for the autumn term!”


“Such an amazing class. So much effort and thought goes in to every single class with a different theme every week. The resources are so good. Kim is so welcoming and lovely with the children. My little one absolutely loves going and looks forward to it every week. Would definitely recommend this class”

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