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Would you like to run your own successful messy play franchise offering award-winning messy play classes, parties and events in your local area? Would you like a flexible job which fits around family life?

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We want to let you know about a brilliant opportunity to join our amazing messy play franchise – with the potential to earn a significant income – available today through a Little Learners Franchise! We are currently looking for passionate individuals to join our growing team of franchisees.

A Franchise is More Affordable Than Ever…

Own your own Little Learners Franchise from only £96 per month through a Government Start-Up Loan.
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A multi award-winning Franchise..

Little Learners was ranked in the TOP 100 UK Franchises three years running!! The Elite Franchise 100 recognises the sector’s brightest businesses and ranks them according to a broad range of criteria from their financial performance and heritage in the industry to their contribution to the community and the way they embrace innovation. As an educational messy play franchise, we couldn’t be more pleased to be recognised with some of the biggest brands in the UK!

“Little Learners earned the 5 star franchisee satisfaction award based on the fact that their network was rated above the franchise industry average across all five of the key areas that we measure, including franchisee relations, and training and support. While there is no guarantee of success, franchisors – like Little Learners – that can demonstrate strength in these areas are a great place to start for individuals looking to launch a franchise business.” – Steve Frost, Work Buzz

Join us at one of our messy play franchise discovery sessions:

ONLINE WEBINAR – Thursday 23rd February 2022!

Above all, we understand more than anyone how important it is to find a career that is flexible. This is why we pride ourselves in being completely adaptable to suit any person.

We love hearing from our current franchisees about how life has changed for them since owning a franchise with Little Learners. Additionally, we love seeing the freedom the franchisees gain by running their own business! Read more below about how owning a franchise can change your life!

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A nationally recognised brand!

In 2016 Little Learners was a finalist in six national awards, including achieving ‘Highly Commended’ for Franchisor of the Year in the mumandworking Awards and Best New Children’s Activity in the What’s on 4 Junior Awards in June 2016!

In 2017 we went on to win Business Growth of the Year in the Networking Mummies Awards, New Woman Franchisor in the EWIF Awards, Best Newcomer in the Top Franchise Awards and three of our franchisees were up for Franchisee of the Year in the workingmums awards!

In 2018 Little Learners was awarded with Highly Commended Best Preschooler Activity in the What’s on 4 Awards.

In 2019 Little Learners was ranked NUMBER 37 in the UK TOP 100 FRANCHISES and received the 5 Star Franchisee Satisfaction award!

Young Woman in Franchising 2020

In 2020, Rachel won Young Woman in Franchising in the EWIF awards, Young Franchisor of the Year in the AFA awards, reached the top 100 influential woman in franchising AND Little Learners made it into the TOP 100 Franchises again!

Another milestone for us in 2020 was our first national advert going on TV!! Check it out…

So what’s it all about?

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.

A simple pre-writing program is followed which involves learning four types of ‘mark’. These four marks appear in letters, numbers, shape & pattern. Children develop their mark making skills every session by learning and practicing the ‘mark of the week’. In addition to classes, you can also offer parents bespoke Little Learners parties and themed events.

Our mission

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

I am a year into my Little Learners franchise journey and it has completely changed my life. I now have my own little business which I LOVE and a job that fits around my family life for a change.  The network of franchisees is truly amazing and one of the main reasons I love it. I thought I’d be lonely being a sole trader but I talk to the other girls every day. You get out of it what you put into it and if you’re like me and determined to have a job which suits your life and your family, then it really is perfect. If you’re considering buying a franchise then please go to a class and see one of us in action! It will be love at first sight I guarantee it!

Holly, Little Learners Southport

The journey is everything

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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The journey is everything

Is this made for you?

Would you enjoy working with children and helping them learn and develop? Are you passionate about early years education?

If you can answer “Yes!” then you could be just who Little Learners are looking for! We will offer you training and support but most important is that we want to work with people who are committed to delivering excellence.


  • Keen to run your own business and be your own boss?

  • Sociable, friendly, self-motivated and enthusiastic?

  • Hardworking and reliable?

  • Ready for a new challenge?

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