Rachel Fay, founder of Little Learners, explains why she franchised the mother and baby class business
As a reception teacher, I knew children could arrive in school without the motor skills necessary to hold a pencil and write/make marks. I could see a need for a preschool class that encouraged mark making through fun and messy activities.
I utilised my knowledge to create a writing programme that included four cute ‘mark maker’ characters and could be delivered in a fun and relaxed preschool class. I also produced a companion book, so parents/carers could continue learning activities at home.
I trialled the classes locally and, following a period of feedback, assessment and refinement, Little Learners was born. Demand for the local classes quickly outstripped supply and after careful evaluation of costs and the potential for earnings, I could see franchising was the way forward.
I wanted classes, parties and events to be offered around the country and for us to work in partnership with schools and other early years settings. I also wanted to provide an opportunity for others to run their own satisfying and family friendly business.
At just over three years later, I’m delighted to say we’re now an award winning preschool company with 31 franchisees around the UK. However, we are anything but complacent and exciting times are ahead for us - this autumn we take little learners Down Under.