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Exceptional childcare as unique as your family.

tiney is a new childcare service and community built around modern families. Using tiney you can find safe, trusted and high quality early years childcare in your neighbourhood that perfectly matches your needs. Every tiney home meets standards that are more comprehensive than those set by Ofsted and embraces the tiney philosophy of home-based, play-centred, family-style care.

Childcare you can trust.

The tiney service is built in partnership with some of the most trusted names in Early Years Childcare.

What is tiney?

Between birth and age five we learn more, and more quickly, than at any other time in our lives. Great early education and care can have a life-changing impact on a child. And at tiney, as parents ourselves, we know first hand how difficult it can be to find great care. It’s expensive, inflexible and a lot of work.

tiney is a new childcare option that makes your family’s entire early years childcare journey an amazing one. We help families find the best Ofsted registered childcare in their local area, giving your child the safest, most joyful experience possible. Our tiney homes give children access to a play-centred education in family-style homes that are vetted in person by our early years team. On top of the benefits of smaller ratios and homely settings, all tiney children regularly attend larger events and group activities as part of vibrant tiney neighbourhood communities.

Complete peace of mind in your pocket

The tiney app makes your ongoing childcare experience super simple. We’ve eliminated all the typical headaches of using childcare, making it easy to manage your entire tiney experience at the push of a button.

  • Instant chat with your provider

  • Simple online payments and statements

  • Secure photos and videos

  • Participate in education progress and milestones

  • Easily book extra care

  • Dedicated customer support

Why do families trust tiney?

To create tiney we’ve spoken to hundreds of parents and childcare experts to build a new kind of childcare that prioritises the most important needs of modern families.

Safe

All tiney community members are hand picked and vetted in their own homes by our education experts. Our standards are more comprehensive than those set by Ofsted, including DBS and first aid training.

Education centred

All tiney community members are skilled educators who deliver the national EYFS inline with our family style, play-centred ethos. Home-based small group sizes improve language development and ensure a high level of school readiness.

Social

Children at tiney benefit from family-style meals, a guarantee of no unsupervised screen time and a healthy lifestyle with energetic out of home activities at tiney neighbourhood groups with other children.

Reliable

The tiney service is as flexible as modern life demands. Families can request extra childcare or sibling care easily, and with inclusive emergency childcare we guarantee an uninterrupted service.

Family Focused

Using tiney means a great experience when your child is at home too. By tracking your child’s development we provide fun, age appropriate activities through the tiney app to help you play a part in your child’s education.

Convenient

By combining an exceptional tiney community with modern technology we’re reinventing the childcare experience. Via our app, we ensure that all messaging, billing, bookings and communications are in your pocket whenever you need.

How it works.

tiney is the quickest way to find high quality local childcare in your neighbourhood and the easiest way to manage your daily childcare needs.

Brett's Story

Our CEO Brett Wigdortz OBE formed tiney after 15 years leading Teach First, an educational charity that has worked with over a million children at primary and secondary school level. Over time, he realised that more support was needed for children from an even earlier age. As a father of three, he experienced first-hand how challenging finding great childcare can be.

One of the things we hear most from families is that the process of finding great local childcare is broken. Listings sites don't allow people to easily choose between providers or assess the quality of care or community their child will be part of. We want to put the trust back in that process.

- Brett Wigdortz OBE, Co-founder & CEO

FAQs

How does tiney work?

You let us know where you live, when you need childcare and any special requirements you have. We then send over a hand-picked shortlist of local childcare professionals with up-to-date availability. You decide who you’d like to meet and then you can visit their tiney home in person or chat on the phone. You choose the best fit for you and your child and get going. You stay in the loop with your child’s care with the tiney mobile app.

How is a tiney home different from a traditional childminder?

All our members and their homes are quality assured and vetted in-person by a tiney early years expert to standards above and beyond that of a normal childminder. This takes place at the point they join us and continues throughout their time with us.

Everyone in the tiney community receives continuous support to make sure they deliver a gold standard of care. They get regular best practice advice from our early years experts, business support and active participation in a local tiney community, which offer high quality group activities for children.

You'll also receive a whole host of benefits you won’t get with from a traditional childminder such as insurance, formalised sick cover and emergency childcare arrangements, group events to help your child meet a wider group of playmates and a great mobile app experience for payments, easy bookings and educational progress tracking.

What unique benefits does a home setting offer?

Home-based care gives children the opportunity to build a strong, secure bond with a single adult in a small setting that is ripe for learning. Studies show that children in home-style settings make above average development in early language development and reading.

A home setting is familiar and helps children to settle in easily. Children get family-style routines like lunch around the kitchen table, and trips to local shops and playgrounds or playrooms to their own at home.

The combination of stability and attention means children learn quickly, develop confidence and have fun.

What does tiney charge for childcare?

Our goal is to offer parents value and affordability, whilst ensuring our members can earn a good living wage. tiney’s rates for childcare vary by home and region. We use numerous data-points when we help members establish their competitive rate, including comparisons with other local providers and nurseries, and national benchmarking data published by organisations such as the Family and Childcare Trust.

Tiney may charge a small percentage of the childcare fees in order to fund the support, insurances and digital services we provide. The details of these service fees (if applicable) will be clearly visible to all parties on any invoice or payment receipt.

Can I use my government-funded hours and other schemes with tiney?

Yes, tiney enables the use of both your 15/30 government-funded hours and eligible Tax-Free schemes to pay for your tiney childcare.

Are tiney members employed directly by tiney?

No. tiney members are all self-employed and run independent businesses. We believe this offers the best combination of support and quality assurance from tiney, and autonomy for our members.

Is tiney secure and safe?

Absolutely. We take safeguarding and security very seriously. As parents ourselves, we are dedicated to making sure tiney homes are the absolute best environments for your little ones. All of our tiney homes are Ofsted registered and meet their exacting standards.

Where is tiney currently available?

tiney is currently launching across London. However, we are rapidly growing across the UK. To find out when we’ll be live in your area, sign up today.

tiney is on a mission to reinvent childcare and unlock the potential of every child.

At tiney we want to help children feel safe, valued and loved in their early years. We want families to have access to high quality childcare that works for them and is designed using evidence and research from around the world. We want tiney to accelerate children’s development in family-style homes through play and learning. And, we want to build a vibrant community of tiney homes, run by founders who can impact their local neighbourhoods, cities and beyond.

tiney is a pre-registered B-Corp based in the UK.

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