Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve put together some frequently asked questions from parents and carers to give you more information on what we offer here at Little Messy Learners! If you have a question that you can’t find the answer to, please use the contact us page.


How can I find my nearest class?

Simply enter your postcode here on our website to find if there is a class in your area. If there isn’t – perhaps you could be our next Little Messy Learners franchisee and run classes in your area?! Click here for more details.

What are the benefits of Little Messy Learners classes for babies?

Little Messy Learners was created by a qualified teacher who designed a ‘messy play’ mark making programme where babies (right up to pre-schoolers) use painting, play dough, scribbling and more to learn early writing skills.  Your baby will use hands, fingers, feet and toes to make marks which will benefit their core muscles and develop their gross and fine motor skills.

Are the resources edible?

Although we use resources which are non-toxic, as you most likely know only too well – babies and toddlers attempt to ‘eat’ almost anything! Parent/carer supervision is required for your child just as at home. Please talk to your class leader if you have any concerns (including making them aware of any specific allergies) or to discuss the resources which will be in use in class.

What should my child wear?

Not their very best outfit! Your child will get messy so anything loose, comfortable and easily washed will be great! We also sell branded Little Messy Learners t-shirts and hoodies – let your class leader know you’re interested.

What age are the classes suitable for?

Classes are designed for babies from 5 months up to 5 years

Can I bring my baby if under 5 months?

We recommend babies participating should be 5 months+. If you wish to simply bring a younger baby along with an older sibling who is attending, please speak to your area’s class leader to find out if this is possible.

Can I bring my 9 year old?

We recognise there may be occasions when an older sibling may need to attend the class with a younger sibling and parent/carer. Please contact your class leader to find out whether this is possible.

Is Little Messy Learners just for babies – is it suitable for my 3 year old?

Your 3 year old will certainly benefit from a Little Messy Learners class! Their use of the resources e.g. paints, play-doh etc will naturally be more sophisticated, however this is brilliant for confidence-building as they will be able to observe that their ‘mark-making’ has become ‘writing’ compared to younger children.

Can I bring grandparents along one week to let them see my child in class?

Check with your class leader, but this is unlikely to be a problem unless the venue is very restricted space-wise.

My child doesn’t like getting messy, will Little Messy Learners classes be ok for them?

Some children dislike the feeling of messy play initially and this is often overcome when they see other children having fun! However, if your child has specific needs with regards to sensory play, noise, light, interactions with other children (or any other!), please do speak to your class leader as we are passionate about inclusivity and we will do what we can to make adaptations so your child can better participate and enjoy the experience. Here at Little Messy Learners we are all about YOUR child. ♥️

My child doesn’t seem to be ‘doing’ anything – everything goes in their mouth! Is this normal?

Completely! Please don’t worry if your child hasn’t yet begun to make marks as such – they will be observing all the time and will surprise you when you’re least expecting it. Also – by picking up tools and resources they are developing their gross and fine motor skills. As at home, distraction techniques work best when a child is fixated on putting tools/resources towards their mouth.

My child can’t sit still for 2 seconds… would this make participation impossible?

Absolutely not. Almost all babies and toddlers like to be on the move as soon as they can! Classes are designed to facilitate movement and variety as much as possible!

How can I convince my child to get more messy?

Your child will interact at their own speed. You can encourage them by interacting with the resources yourself – e.g. lifting up ‘gloop’ and slopping it down accompanied with sound effects. Or letting rice run through your hands on eye-level with your child will be engaging for them.


How much does a term at Little Messy Learners cost?

This varies depending on location. Please find your nearest class by entering your postcode at and you will be able to see prices via the booking system. 

Do you do ‘drop-in’ sessions, or must I commit to a term?

As our classes follow a designed programme, they follow a term format.  However, there may be occasions when individual leaders offer drop-ins, subject to availability. This must be booked with the leader in your area before attending however – so check the website link for your area.

Can I get a week back for sickness?

Generally speaking this won’t be possible as the place has been reserved for your child, but speak to your class teacher in case there may be the opportunity to rearrange.

Do you offer a sibling discount?

Yes. Please discuss with your area Little Messy Learners class leader. Only siblings of the child participant qualifies for a discount.

Parties, Events & Private Hire

The session I have booked is outdoors. Will it be cancelled if the weather is bad?

No, the session will go ahead regardless of the weather (unless extreme e.g. thunderstorms or very high winds)

Does Little Messy Learners work with schools or early learning services? 

Yes, lots of our franchisees work with preschools, schools and other educational providers. Speak to your area class leader for more information.

Do you offer children’s parties?

Yes. Please discuss with the class leader for booking/theme/rates or fill in an enquiry form on our parties page here.

Other Frequently Asked Questions…

Has Little Messy Learners won any awards?

We have – several! They include National Franchised Pre-schooler Activity, Best National Baby Activity and Best Party Supplier. We’ve also won awards for our Early Writing Programme – The Mark Makers and also our franchise opportunity. See our full list of awards here.

Where can I buy my child Little Messy Learners clothing? 

From your local class leader.

Where can I buy The Mark Makers books? 

You can buy from your class leader.

How do I enter the monthly giveaway?

Just share a photo or video of your child at class and use the hashtag #littlemessylearners in your post on Instagram or Facebook. Alternatively, you can leave a review for your local Little Messy Learners class on Facebook or Google. 

How can I become a Little Messy Learners teacher?

There are two ways you can do this. Find out more about owning your own Little Messy Learners business here.

How do I leave a review for Little Messy Learners? 

You can leave a review on our class leaders Facebook page‘s or via Google.

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