Trusted tiney providers verified for quality & value.

Every provider working with tiney must pass an initial 50 point quality inspection, as well as continually delivering against a set of ongoing customer service measures.

As we select providers to join tiney, we benchmark rates against a number of different national and local criteria, as well as helping them optimise their business costs. This approach ensures that we can offer a range of provider price points for most parental budgets. By doing this, our goal is to guarantee parents both quality and value.

Meet some of our providers

Once you generate a childcare enquiry we’ll send you profiles like these that match your unique childcare needs.

Ros Pattwell

South Merton, London

3 years experience

Anna Wassef

Morden, Greater London

9 years experience

Zi Kittoe

Croydon, Greater London

2 years experience

What to expect from tiney

The highest quality Early Years childcare, vetted by us.

  • Well-ventilated rooms with comfortable temperatures

  • Clean, bright designated play area

  • Play equipment is clean and safe to use

  • Non-smoking home

  • Smoke alarms installed and working

Our tiney nice-to-haves:

  • A designated area for children’s belongings (bags, coats and shoes)

  • Shaded outdoor area for sunny weather / Sheltered areas for wet weather play

Quality of Environment

  • Well-ventilated rooms with comfortable temperatures

  • Clean, bright designated play area

  • Play equipment is clean and safe to use

  • Non-smoking home

  • Smoke alarms installed and working

Our tiney nice-to-haves:

  • A designated area for children’s belongings (bags, coats and shoes)

  • Shaded outdoor area for sunny weather / Sheltered areas for wet weather play

Quality of Education

  • Ofsted registered

  • Two year old progress checks

  • Access to rich library of material

  • Daily outdoor play

  • A mix of adult led and independent activities available

  • Utilises tiney’s EYFS tracker

Our tiney nice-to-haves:

  • Trained early literacy specialist

  • Holiday activity packs for parents

Child Wellness

  • Paediatric First Aid trained provider

  • Designated keyworker for every child

  • Supports child during potty training

  • Monitored staff to child ratio

  • Snacks available

Our tiney nice-to-haves:

  • Can cater for dietary requirements

Parent Happiness

  • Daily parent debrief

  • tiney home learning ideas for parents

  • Extended parent feedback sessions

  • Super simple payments and statements

  • Safe, secure, GDPR compliant messaging

  • Comprehensive insurances

Our tiney nice-to-haves:

  • Can cater for school pickups/drop-offs

  • Evening and weekend babysitting

  • Support for breastfeeding parents

Meet our community team

Our tiney community team work closely with our tiney providers and families. Our team comprises of education, safeguarding and online community experts to give you the best possible service.

Annaliese Hendry

tiney Community Manager

Brett Wigdortz OBE

tiney CEO and Founder & Honorary president of Teach First

Jo Lee

tiney Community Manager

Matt Lloyd-Rose

tiney head of education

Richard Miranda

tiney growth lead

Sarah Read

tiney Safeguarding lead

What makes the tiney service unique?

Our team of education experts identify exceptional providers with great reputation

We send a member of the tiney community team to visit their setting in person

We interview them in depth about their ethos and approach

We ensure every aspect of their setting and qualifications is up to the tiney standard

We equip them with great digital tools, expert advice and continued development

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

Providers are hand picked and vetted in person by one of our education experts to standards more comprehensive than those set by Ofsted. Every provider is DBS checked, first aid trained and operates in a safe home setting.

Education centred

All providers are trained educators and deliver the national EYFS in family style play-centred homes. Dedicated providers and 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 facilitated by energetic out of home activities at local tiney community 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 exceptional providers 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.

Our aim at tiney is to empower providers with the tools, resources and training to be extraordinary and make a tremendous impact on the young people in their care. We're committed to making tiney provision the best in class: loving, fun, personalised and based on the latest evidence of what works.

- Matt Lloyd-Rose, tiney head of education

FAQs

How does tiney work?

tiney provides parents with exceptional home-based childcare coupled with a fantastic and modern ongoing experience and community through our app. Get started by sharing your childcare requirements with us and we’ll match you with great settings that are rated good or outstanding by Ofsted, trusted by tiney and a great fit for your family. You get to take your pick from our recommendations and visit the settings in person to ensure you find a perfect fit. From there, if you’re happy, you can get started easily using our app to buy your childcare, message with your provider, track your child’s daily progress and much more.

How is a tiney provider different from a traditional childminder?

tiney combines the best parent experience of high quality nurseries with the personalised, safe and convenient, family-style childcare that so many families are looking for.

Research tells us that the quality of a child’s early years have an enormous impact on their outcomes. We also know that a super start in these early years of life benefit children well into their time at school, and beyond into early adulthood. At tiney, we are parents ourselves and take our responsibility to help you provide the best start in life seriously. All our providers and their settings are quality assured and vetted in-person by a tiney early years expert. This takes place at the point they want to join us, and continues throughout their time with us. Our quality assurance programme focuses on four key areas: quality of environment, child wellness, school readiness and parent satisfaction.

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

Alongside this, you will receive a whole host of benefits you won’t get with a traditional childminder. These include: comprehensive insurances, formalised sick cover and emergency childcare arrangements, frequent 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. All this while being part of a growing community that puts children at the centre.

What unique benefits does a home setting offer?

Our belief that home-based early years settings are the right choice for children is underpinned by an extensive and growing body of research. For example, studies tell us that children in small, home-style settings make above average development in early language development and reading. This is no surprise to us, because home-based early years care guarantees children the opportunity to build a strong, secure bond with a single adult in a small setting that is ripe for early communication development.

We know that what matters most to us as parents is the quality of the provider in the home-based setting, which is why we invest our training and resources in supporting them to make the most of the unique benefits of their home-based setting. High quality providers are highly emotionally responsive to those in their care, typically over a long period of time, which enables them to guide children towards taking steps to regulate their own behaviour and emotions. Many of our members have taken care of children from the time they were toddlers through primary and even into secondary school, building a strong, long-term bond.

Some additional benefits for children include: family-style routines be it lunch around a kitchen table, trips to local shops and playgrounds or playrooms akin to their own at home; and the flexibility for small groups of children to participate in regular, weekly activities with other settings, which broadens and deepens their understanding of the world around them.

They also provide great benefits for parents, including greater convenience. Home-based settings typically offer greater flexibility for bookings, which nurseries cannot accommodate. Families can also take their pick of settings that are either close to their home, place of work, or anywhere in between. The vast majority of our settings also offer wrap-around care, including nursery and school collections, which cater for the more complex needs of growing families, including with older siblings.

What does tiney charge for childcare?

Our goal is to offer parents value and affordability, whilst ensuring your providers can earn a good living wage. tiney’s rates for childcare vary by provider and region. We use numerous data-points when we help providers establish their competitive rate, including comparisons with 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 providers employed directly by tiney?

No. tiney providers 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 the provider.

Is tiney secure and safe?

Absolutely. We take safeguarding and security very seriously - from how we work to background checks of providers all the way through to how we engineer our website and mobile products and handle your data. As parents ourselves, it is our ongoing focus to ensure tiney home-based settings are the absolute best environments for your little ones. All of our providers are Ofsted registered and meet their exacting standards.

Tiney also has the highest of respect for your privacy and the security of your data. We will never share your data with third party advertisers. Any content you have shared through tiney will always remain yours, and we will always respect your rights should you decide to leave tiney. The same goes for your provider’s privacy and data. You can read more in our privacy policy.

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 at home childcare and unlock the potential of every child.

For parents, this means easy access to childcare options that fit around busy modern lives. For children, it means participating in a vibrant community with thoughtful early years education drawing not only on the EYFS guidance but blending best practice from around the world. For providers, this means allowing them to focus on the children in their care, relieving the burden of running a small business.

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

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