About us

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 vision

To empower a nation of children to reach their full potential

These are our guiding principles

LEADERSHIP
ĀRAHITANGA

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.

RELATIONSHIP
WHANAUNGATANGA

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.

PARTNERSHIP
WHAKAHOAHOATANGA

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

AUTHENTICITY
MANA PONO

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.

BELONGING
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.

COMMUNICATION
KŌRERO

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

ERIN MALONEY

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 Gus (4) and Jack (6). They teach me patience and gratitude every day and are the driving force behind why Tiny Nation exists. Read more about My Why here.

WENDY WHITE

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 (13) and Hattie (15), I’m also kept busy as a sports coach, chauffeur and laundry lady

TRACY CALDWELL

Hi! I’m Tracy Caldwell, Visiting Teacher and Facilitator at Tiny Nation. 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 (5) and Harry (7). 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!

CATH SLADE

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 (19) and Chantel (21). 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.

KATE SCOTT

Hi! I’m Kate Scott – the Marketing Manager for Tiny Nation. With a background in communication and media studies, I love any opportunity to provide creative thinking and marketing magic to campaigns and new initiatives.

My role focuses on sharing our ‘why’ with educators and families, so that they can benefit from the Tiny Nation difference. I also work closely with our 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, overseeing the Tiny Nation social media pages and casting my creative branding eye over publications, you’ll find me in rural Hawke’s Bay with my husband Pete and our two children, Mia (8) and Hunter (10).

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.

JEANETTE BEARD

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 (24 years), Sam (21 years) and Adam (16 years). I also have a fur baby mokopuna, a golden retriever named Ollie.

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