About Us

About All Children Great and Small
  • A welcoming place

    that engages each child
  • After over 20 years of Global experience in childcare Claire Owen (BA hons) is excited to bring her knowledge and experiences back to her hometown of Swinton to open Rotherham’s first Forest School Nursery along with her business partner Lee Kettlewell.

    All Children Great and Small will offer children between the ages of 3 months and 5 years the best possible start in life nurturing children through nature.

    The Forest School approach first evolved in Scandinavia in the 1950’s and was brought to England in the 1990’s

    At our Forest School Nursery we give children the space time and freedom to learn through play whilst immersed in Nature.

  • Our leader

    • Claire Owen
      Managing Director

      Claire Owen

      Managing Director

      After 20 years of global childcare experience I am so excited to bringing Rotherhams fist Forest School Nursery to my home town of Swinton

      As the Managing Director of our settings, I love the opportunities that All Children Great & Small provides the children and thoroughly enjoy watching the children grow in confidence with each new experience that they encounter. It is also such a pleasure to work with such a strong and passionate team of practitioners who clearly enjoy their job.

      Personal Info:
      • Position:
        Managing Director
      • Degree:
        BA (hons) Childhood Studies
      • My Hobbies:
        When I manage to find spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and taking my son on trips out. I love to take long walks in the countryside and spending time with friends and family
  • Read about the other staff at All Children Great & Small?

  • Our Ethos

    and why we are the best choice for your child
    The ‘wild’, and yet controlled, safe environment of Forest School ensures that children taking part naturally learn to assess risk and are encouraged to make sensible and informed decisions about how to deal with unfamiliar and unpredictable situations (such as exploring or climbing trees, using tools to build shelters and dens). Much of the learning for a child comes as a result of the opportunities they have for testing their own abilities in a real-life context. Read more…
    At All Children Great & Small we use In the Moment Planning to ensure that the children’s learning and interests are at the heart of what we do. Our aim is to support the children in becoming more confident, independent and engaged in their learning. We will plan and teach, treating each child as an individual and allowing them to achieve their full potential. Read more…
    There are many benefits for children learning with and from their peers in mixed age groups. Children build strong bonds with their key workers whilst also establishing bonds with other practitioners within the nursery ensuring that there is as little interruption as possible when they move age groups and have a new key worker as this practitioner is already familiar to the child.Read more…