How tiney works

Your childcare journey, made simple with tiney.


Share your childcare requirements with our team, we’ll send you detailed profiles of matching tiney homes nearby.


Decide who you’d like to meet. Visit the tiney home in person or chat on the phone, then pick the best fit for you.


Stay in the loop with child’s care 24/7 and manage your daily childcare needs with the tiney app.

An outstanding choice for your child.

For your child, tiney offers the best blend of benefits from both larger nursery chains and outstanding independent childminders.

Our vision for early years childcare is founded on the most compelling early years education research from around the world. Learning and daily activities take place in safe, family-style tiney homes. Evidence shows that both verbal communication and school readiness are improved in small home-based settings. During the week your child enjoys larger group activities outside of the home. Tiney children will often attend classes, events and play sessions as part of their neighbourhood tiney community.

You can read more about home-based early years research in our FAQs.

Service you can rely on

Not just outstanding providers but an exceptional service.

Simple & Easy Pricing

Pricing is clear and transparent. Each provider has a simple rate card with no hidden extras.

Flexible part-time Childcare

Booking extra care is easy. tiney helps with after-school care for siblings or holiday cover.

Super Simple Payments

Pay easily via our app and use your funded hours or tax free childcare credits.

Truly Reliable Service

Every family gets tiney backup membership as standard.

Inclusive Insurance

All members receive inclusive insurance from tiney.

Outstanding customer service

Every family has a dedicated tiney contact and 24/7 in app support.

Childcare as unique as your child.

One of the many benefits of tiney is that our network of vetted tiney homes can cater for a number of different requirements. From secondary languages or special activities, to dietary or learning requirements, just let us know what you’re after and we’ll find childcare that works for you.

    Our team at tiney is made up of early years education experts and technology specialists. Together we’re working with amazing home based providers and forward thinking parents to create an entirely new standard for childcare.

    - Annaliese Hendry, Head of Community


    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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