Esther’s tiney home nursery

My tiney home nursery has a ‘home from home’ vibe, with enabling environments, where children can access their chosen activities freely and independently. I love to see children flourish physically, academically, socially and emotionally. I adapt my tiney home activities to reflect each individual child’s needs, creating a holistic approach to their development.

from £50 a day

Easy access to the A229, A20, M20 and M2

House・Outdoor space・Playroom・Sleeping area・Quiet road・Pets・Secure shaded area・Multiple activity areas・Wheelchair accessible・Meals provided・Easy parking

Esther Barber

Esther Barber

Tonbridge & Malling, and Maidstone

    from £50 a day

    spaces available

Hours of Business

07:00 to 18:00

Ages catered for

0 - 5+ years


Open all year

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About my home

I have been working with children for the last 10 years. Firstly, working in a small Montessori nursery where I gained my Montessori Diploma, then as a foster carer, working with children from varied backgrounds from aged 3 up to 14 years. Through fostering I have accumulated and topped up a vast amount of knowledge of child development, attachment, trauma, behavioural issues, first aid, and coping mechanisms. I provide Montessori influences in my tiney home nursery.

Unique highlights

Montessori trained

Montessori Early Education Diploma

NCFE CACHE LVL 3 Home based childcare

Good sized, secure and private garden

Story time

I love reading books with children, especially Julia Donaldson. Whether we are snuggled in a cosy area with a book, or getting a better understanding of the story through the use of toys, roleplay or singing.

Home baking

I aim to bake with the children at least once a week, incorporating language and communication, maths, and knowledge of the world – alongside getting to eat various yummy homemade goodies

Great local amenities for exploring and playing

Whether it’s a simple walk along the road to look at the horses, a stumble into the woods to see what we can find, a walk into the vineyards to clearly see the changing of the seasons, or a trip to one of our many country parks, there is so much to explore on our doorstep.

Life at a tiney home nursery

tiney family pack

Want a flavour of what you can expect when you sign up with one of our tiney childminders? Have a look through our family pack, which should answer your big questions about all things tiney, from our education philosophy to how we make money - and lots more besides.

tiney book club

Sharing books is at the heart of all tiney home nurseries – it’s fantastic for children’s imaginations, for building vocabulary, for speaking and listening, for personal, social and emotional development, and so much more. Through our partnerships with Walker Books and the National Literacy Trust, our childminders run creative activities around a wonderfully diverse range of books.

Meet the tiney app

The tiney app makes life super simple. We streamline payments, daily communication, educational progress and much more to make every day happy.

For families the tiney app allows you to easily stay up-to-date with your child’s day. See all features for families

For tiney childminders, manage the day-to-day running of your nursery with the app. See all features for childminders

I live in a quiet village, with a local park and lots of walks either in the woods, along open footpaths, or around the vineyards.

Within short car trips there are many country parks, play areas, a library and other attractions. St Mark’s school is a 2 minute walk away, and there are a collection of other primary schools within 5-10 minutes drive.

Your child's neighbourhood

Mote Park

Leeds Castle

Cobtree Manor Park

Typical features of a tiney home

A home-from-home environment

Small ratios and strong, loving relationships

Regular book club and community events

Humour, fun, songs and stories

Child-led playful learning

Sensitive support for children's emotional development and a focus on building resilience

A highly personalised approach for each child

Daily outdoor learning and home-cooked meals to keep children fit and healthy

Increased flexibility such as term-time only options

A learning environment set up to give children choice and build their independence

Rich conversation and exploration, which builds children's confidence and creativity

Irresistible learning opportunities that develop a deep love of learning

What makes tiney homes unique?

All home leaders go through a rigorous selection process. We accept less than 15% of applicants.

They get world-class training from education and safeguarding experts.

We visit their home nursery and vet them to standards above and beyond Ofsted.

We work together to deliver a great ongoing tiney home nursery experience.

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