Messy play is about to get a lot messier...

Little Squigglers summer workshop at Abbots Green Primary School.     Amanda Wigzell is pictured with the kids that took part.

Little Squigglers summer workshop at Abbots Green Primary School. Amanda Wigzell is pictured with the kids that took part.

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A woman who gave up her job as a primary school teacher to establish her own business is celebrating after having sold multiple franchise operations.

Amanda Wigzell founded Little Squigglers in September 2011 and, around nine months later, left her teaching job at Abbots Green Primary School on Moreton Hall to concentrate on the art, craft and messy play sessions for children under five.

That risk seems to have paid off, with Netmums voting Little Squigglers top preschool class in West Suffolk in 2012 and its first two franchise operations due to start in September.

Amanda, from Moreton Hall, said: “A franchise was always part of the big plan when I started the business. It was in the back of my mind but I was certainly never confident it would happen and certainly not this quickly.”

She added: “It’s really exciting because the overall aim is for Little Squigglers to become a national brand, well known in the child development area and well known to parents.”

Training began this week for the two women who will be introducing the business to new areas, one in Forest Heath and East Cambridgeshire and the other in South Essex.

Both have young families and teaching experience, with one continuing to work part-time as a teacher and the other having left the profession to take up the franchise opportunity.

Amanda said she had discussed the franchise with more than 15 people and was confident several more would be up and running by January.

The mother-of-two said: “I was just thrilled by the response and to have two ready to go by September is great. I’m just so pleased there was that level of interest.”

Her classes operate on Moreton Hall and in Risby and Stowmarket, with messier outdoor classes and holiday workshops about to start.

For further details, visit www.littlesquigglers.co.uk