Tiny Nation is home-based care and education with a difference. We believe that children have the best chance to flourish when they have secure attachments and a strong sense of belonging in their early years. This foundation is key to emotional, physical and mental growth and wellbeing. From this nourished beginning, happy, healthy and well-adjusted young adults can grow.
Our visionTo empower a nation of children to reach their full potential
These are our guiding principles
We encourage, empower and inspire our educators and teachers to contribute to our thinking and re-define what leadership looks like in early childhood education.
We are founded on consistent, familiar and nurturing relationships. It’s vital to take the time to understand, relate to and acknowledge each other as relationships are the soil from which everything else grows.
We are collaborative and work in partnership with parents and whānau, educators, the community and other like-minded services so that they can participate in and contribute to our journey.
These are our values
This means being real and accountable. We partner with people who are aligned with our principles, values and beliefs so that we can all show up for our children in meaningful ways.
NŌ KONEI HOKI
We affirm the identity, culture and language of our community and ensure staff, children, families and whānau know they have a place with us. Our environments and programmes are inclusive and our transitions are thoughtfully planned.
Reciprocal and responsive communication allows us to express ideas and feelings. We’re as passionate about listening as we are about being heard. We model effective communication so that our children become capable and confident communicators.
Meet the Tiny Nation team
Tiny Nation Headquarters
Kia ora, I’m Erin Maloney, Founding Director of Tiny Nation. I founded Tiny Nation to influence change through education and to create a new model that makes home-based early learning the obvious choice for parents of pre-schoolers.
As a mum myself, choosing the right person to leave my children with when I couldn’t be there was the most important decision of all. That’s why Tiny Nation sets itself apart from other providers by only selecting educators who are trained. We’re about empowering like-minded educators and teachers to deliver high quality early learning services from their homes, using the community as their playground and the Tiny Nation team as their support network.
I’m no newbie to the sector – I’ve spent 15 years’ in education management and delivery in early childhood, secondary and tertiary sectors. I’m passionate about using current theory and research to be innovative and create new ways of learning and leading.
Of course, my most important gig is being mum to Jack, Gus and Ella. They teach me patience and gratitude every day and are the driving force behind why Tiny Nation exists. Read more about My Why here.
Diploma of Early Childhood Education
Hey there, I’m Wendy White, Head of Early Learning at Tiny Nation. I’m a passionate early childhood teacher with over 20 years’ experience. I’ve worked right across the sector – in kindergartens, childcare centres and, most recently, in home-based services.
I’m also an accredited facilitator for the Incredible Years® Programme, with extensive experience in inclusive education and child protection. I know what works (and what doesn’t!) when it comes to delivering high quality outcomes for children. As a facilitator and tertiary trainer in early childhood, I’ve developed a keen interest in the first 1,000 days of life and how connected and nurturing relationships wire up the brain. I’m now committed to working alongside other educators and teachers to support ongoing training and professional development.
As mum to Lachie and Hattie, I’m also kept busy as a sports coach, chauffeur and laundry lady
Hi, I’m Cath Slade, working in a business and finance support role at Tiny Nation. I’ve been working in the early childhood industry for almost 20 years and I’m also a mum myself to Niko and Chantel. I’m here at Tiny Nation to make the lives of educators and families easier.
We’re all about making the complicated simple. We do this by taking care of payment administration and keeping paperwork and admin to a minimum. We understand that taking the leap to be a self-employed contractor is a big call for educators, so we’re there on the journey every step of the way – assisting with payment information, tax returns and supporting educators to maximise the benefits that come with working for themselves. Best of all, our business and finance services are FREE for all Tiny Nation educators and families.
It’s exciting to be a part of such an innovative early learning movement.
ADRI VAN DER WALT
Hi, I’m Adri van der Walt, Community Relationship Specialist with Tiny Nation and I am excited to be part of such a passionate team! I have been in the customer service industry for more than 20 years and bring my experience and passion into my role at Tiny Nation. I am here to make your Tiny Nation journey as easy and supportive as possible and will often be the friendly voice at the end of the phone.
I am excited to work with our community of educators, nannies and family – playing a part in tiny learners experiencing the love and care they deserve. Being a mum myself to Nic and Nina, I’m kept very busy indeed. Wearing different hats (sometimes at the same time), as Chef, Mums-Taxi, Cleaner, Nurse, School-Project-Emergency-Fixer-Upper… and more!
Hi! I’m Hilary – the Marketing Executive for Tiny Nation. My role focuses on sharing our ‘why’ with educators and families, so that they can benefit from the Tiny Nation difference.
I work closely with our regional teams and educators to provide the tools and platforms they need to showcase their home-based services in their community.
When I’m not wearing my marketing hat, you’ll find me in Hawke’s Bay with my husband Mark and our two children, Isla and Ava.
I’m a big believer of the importance of secure, nurturing relationships in the early years, and that’s why I’m passionate about taking the Tiny Nation vision to the masses and creating a movement towards a new model of home-based early childhood education.
Hi! I’m Louisa, Marketing and Communications Advisor for Tiny Nation. I have 20 years’ experience in marketing and communication roles and have been a home-based educator myself for 10 years so have a great understanding of home-based education.
Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)
Kia ora, I’m Morgan Holyoake, Business Development Manager for Tiny Nation. I have had the pleasure of working in early childhood in Aotearoa for the past 20 years. I have given all forms of childcare ago, and now know home-based is the one for me!
My core focus has grown into supporting adults to teach tamariki across our country and inspiring authentic leadership, through building strong relationships.
Teaching and travel is in my blood and I am always keen for a new adventure!
Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)
Kia Ora, I’m Jeanette and the Visiting Teacher/Regional Manager for the Taranaki, Whanganui and Manawatu region. I have had many years’ of hands-on teaching experience in both the primary and early childhood education sectors, including time as a Specialist Teacher of Learning and Behaviour in the primary sector.
After teaching in the primary sector for 26 years, I re-trained so that I could enter the early childhood education sector to share my passion for all children to be confident and self-driven lifelong learners through natural play experiences. More recently I have been in coaching and leadership roles, supporting visiting teachers and support staff to enable high quality early learning experiences for educators, children and families.
I am a very proud mum to three children – Emily, Sam and Adam. I also have a fur baby mokopuna, a golden retriever named Ollie.
Diploma of Teaching
Hi, I’m Tracy Caldwell and I’m the Visiting Teacher and Facilitator for Tiny Nation in Hawkes Bay. I’m passionate about providing environments for children that give them the freedom to explore and create new meaning for themselves.
My Montessori background means that I’m all about self-directed, hands-on learning and collaborative play, with a genuine love for supporting children and teachers to grow and develop. I’m trained in the Incredible Years® Programme for teachers and have experience in coaching and adult education roles across the sector. I’m excited to learn and work alongside Tiny Nation educators to enable children to have the best start in life.
I’m also mum to Sienna and Harry. I get the day to day realities for working families and am proud to work for an organisation that solves the childcare problem for parents in an authentic and nurturing way!
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood)
Kia ora, I’m Greer the Visiting Teacher for Taranaki. I live in New Plymouth with my husband Michael and son Ari. I have been in the early childhood sector for a few years and over that time I have built a huge interest in brain development.
I love working alongside educators to support them in creating an environment which allows children to learn through play and authentic experiences.
It is exciting to be part of a team who have tamariki/children at the forefront of what we do!
MICHELLE LE GROS
Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Care and Education)
Kia ora, I’m Michelle, Visiting Teacher for Waikato. I am mum to two older girls, and I am a kiwi mum to four special au pairs who lived and supported my tamariki over the years. I have lived and breathed home based care!
I am absolutely passionate about home based. I love the high quality interactions and care provided within the home setting and how whanau can hand pick who best works with their whanau culture and aspirations for their tamariki. Seeing tamariki thrive and being part of their learning journeys makes my role a very special one.
I am very excited to support the Waikato region.
Bay of Plenty
Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood)
Kia Ora! Kō Vicki Nimmo ahau. I am so very proud to be the visiting teacher here in the Bay of Plenty for Tiny Nation. I come with 25 years experience in the early childhood profession, including 10 years experience in home-based as a Visiting Teacher and also as a Regional Coach.
I am a trained Incredible Years facilitator and I love teaching and supporting adults in their role, to engage and teach our future tamariki. I am passionate about spreading the word of Tiny Nation, the vision and movement, bringing awareness to families and showcasing what home-based looks like – how it can easily meet their needs in terms of love, care and quality education for their child. At home, I am wife to Andrew, and Mum to Jordan & Bradley who are both very independent young adults and who are my pure pride and joy.
Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Studies and Education. Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)
Hi! I’m Shayna, Wellington Visiting Teacher. I have been in the ECE sector for 12 years now, but it wasn’t until I had my own children that my passion for home based education started. As mum to Noah, Matilda and Levi I am kept very busy.
I believe that children grow best in a safe, secure, nurturing environment and that is what home-based care delivers and why I am here with Tiny Nation. Together we will support out tiny learners to help give them the best start to life.
Bachelor of Education (Teaching) in Early Childhood Education to Primary Year 3 (0-8 Years)
Hi, I’m Morgan, Visiting Teacher for Otago. I have been teaching in the early childhood industry for over 13 years and know how much children learn and grow through the joy of play.
I believe in creating an environment where children can develop trust, confidence, responsibility and security through supportive and respectful relationships with their educators. I love working alongside our Educators and supporting them as they work with our tiny learners and help grow tomorrow’s big thinkers.
Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)
Kia Ora, I’m Genna the and the Visiting Teacher for Southland. I am passionate about working alongside educators to create the best possible programmes for the tiny learners in their care.