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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?

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.

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A Multi Award-Winning Franchise..

Little Learners was ranked in the TOP 100 UK Franchises three years running!! This 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.

“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.” – Steve Frost, Work Buzz

A nationally recognised brand!

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

In 2017 we went on to win Business Growth of the Year, New Woman Franchisor, Best Newcomer and three of our franchisees were up for Franchisee of the Year! In 2018 Little Learners was awarded with Highly Commended Best Preschooler Activity and in 2019 Little Learners was ranked NUMBER 37 in the UK TOP 100 FRANCHISES and received the 5 Star Franchisee Satisfaction award!

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

In 2021, our sister company, Little Messy Learners Australia won SEVEN national awards including Best Party Provider, Best Children’s Activity and our early writing programme, The Mark Makers won Best Play & Learn Product! As a franchise we were shortlisted for a Best Franchise Award for Children’s Services and we also became accredited BFA members. Towards the end of the year Little Learners won Highly Commended Most Loved Baby Activity too!

In 2022, Little Learners made in into the Top 100 UK Franchises for a 4th year running! Natalie from Little Learners Liverpool South made it to the finals for Creative Leader of the Year (North) and our franchisor, Rachel won a Remarkable Achievement Award. Little Learners also made it to the finals of the BFA awards for Lifestyle Franchisor of the Year! Little Messy Learners Australia, Laura from Little Messy Learners Kwinana and Justine from Little Messy Learners Mandurah won Best National Preschooler Activity for 3-5 year olds, Best Local Franchisee Kids Activity and Best Kids Party Entertainment in the What’s on 4 Kids Australia awards.

Read more about our awards and recognition here.

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What our franchisee’s think…

I bought my Little Learners franchise 5 years ago and I absolutely love running my little business! I had been a teacher for 20 years, both mainstream and in the special educational needs sector, however, as lots of teachers find, I was becoming exhausted and overwhelmed by the sheer volume of work and I wanted something that would fit more around my family. I was so excited when I found Little Learners on a ‘mums net’ chat! I loved the educational aspect of the
company, teaching mark-making and early writing skills through play.

Since then, I haven’t looked back! I have built up a successful business, running weekly classes,
parties, special events, working in schools and even collaborating with an art gallery in central
Brighton for a monthly session. I love what I do and have been told by parents that this shines
through. It is so exciting to see the children become immersed in play with the activities that I have
designed and set up. The best bit is that they are learning so many essential skills, all through play –
the BEST way to learn!
Kate Richardson
Little Learners Lewes & Brighton
I chose to be part of Little Learners as I was instantly drawn to the educational aspect of the classes and making learning fun. 
As a teacher I had no previous experience of owning a business but Rachel very quickly put my mind at ease and explained everything very clearly.
The training was very easy to follow and I quickly had my business set up and ready to go. 
From then my little business has gone from strength to strength.

The support has been fantastic and I just love being part of such an amazing, supportive inspirational group. 

I am very proud of my achievements with Little Learners and opening my own venue and employing staff members is something I never thought I would do.

I am looking forward to continuing to grow my business with the help and support of the Little Learners Team.
Elinor Barrett
Little Learners Playspace – Forest of Dean
I first heard about Little Learners this time last year, I was at a crossroads in my career and had decided to leave teaching for a little while.

As I learnt more about Little Learners, it was clear that this was something that I wanted to do! The mark making programme hugely appealed to me as an early years teacher and I absolutely loved the idea of running my own business (even though it was a little scary at first!) I had seen learning through play be so successful in schools, why not bring this experience to pre-school aged children too?! My first classes were specials in the summer holidays, I had an absolute blast, sold out my first term and haven’t looked back since. I have had such an overwhelming amount of support from the LL staff, as well as fellow franchisees – I speak to someone in the LL family everyday!

I absolutely love my job! I have so much more time to spend with family and friends, and to just be me again! I am learning how to run a successful business and also have the best time too! Without a doubt, I made the right decision 1 year ago – Little Learners is fab! 
Josie Thorpe
Little Learners Newark & Sherwood

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Own a Little Learners Franchise from only £96 per month

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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 called The Mark Makers 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.

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What our franchisees think…

I’ve been a Little Learners Franchisee for 6 years now and can honestly say it’s been the best years 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

Back in 2019 I decided I needed to change my life and do something I enjoy. Since being a Mummy for the first time I realised I wanted to spend more time with my children while they are young. I’m so glad I made the choice to become part of the Little Lerners Franchise. It’s given me that work life balance. I now have a son who is 2 and he comes to classes with me and so does my older daughter. They love it and I love that I can be there for them when they need me. Best decision I have ever made and it’s definitely changed my life for the better.
Sonya, Little Learners Belfast & North Down

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

Little Learners is also BFA accredited

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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