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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 Messy 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, 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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So what’s it all about?

Little Messy 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.

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 Messy 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 Messy Learners parties and themed events.

Our mission

What our UK 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. My 4 year old comes to “work” with me although it never actually feels like work! Every day is different and it has opened up so many new doors and experiences to me. 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. Rachel is always on the other end of the phone and I’ve met so many gorgeous mums and families. 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

Key benefits for the Little Messy Learners franchisee include:

  • Flexible, family-friendly working hours. You choose when you work and how many classes you run

  • Comprehensive start-up package including equipment, stationery, marketing materials and uniform

  • Extensive, exclusive territory in which to operate

  • Online training in all aspects of the business. 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 Messy 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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