Meet families looking for childminders.

Fill your vacancies and earn a better living. Our team finds parents near you that fit your availability, so you don’t have to.

Childcare you can trust.

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

Start filling your vacancies.

Our mission.

We think childminders are the best childcare option for most parents. They're more flexible than nurseries and offer a better learning environment than nannies do. Great childminders change children’s lives.

But eight childminders are leaving the profession every single day. That’s because not enough are able to make a decent living.

Our goal is to help parents connect with childminders near them. If more childminders earn a better living, they’ll stay in the profession. Numbers will stop going down. And that means more children receiving the best care possible.

Complete peace of mind.

Our childcare providers are hand-picked and vetted to standards that go above and beyond Ofsted. All have full up-to-date DBS checks, insurance and first aid training. Safe, reliable childcare you can trust.

    100% free. Forever.

    Keep 100% of what you earn from the families you get matched to. No surprise charges or hidden fees later down the line. You never pay any fees to use us. Ever.

      Join a community.

      Access free local playgroups. Attend exclusive events created especially for you where you can meet other minders. Join a growing community of dedicated childcare professionals.

        No more late payments.

        We charge parents up front through our mobile app, so you get paid for your work in advance. That means you never work without getting paid. No more chasing up late payments from forgetful parents.

          How it works.

          Quick Form

          You fill in a quick form to make sure we’re the right fit for one another - it only takes five minutes.

          Home visit

          We arrange a visit to meet each other in person, explain more about what we do and see your setting in person.

          Match

          We find the right parents near you looking for childcare that match your specific availability, so you can fill your spare places.

          Enjoy

          You take care of the extra admin created with our easy-to-use mobile app.

          Contact our community team

          Get in touch today and our tiney team will help answer any questions you might have about how tiney works or what we look for in our ’Trusted by tiney’ suitability check.

          Annaliese Hendry

          Head of Community

          Jo Lee

          tiney community manager

          Lisa Holmes

          Community Manager

          FAQs

          Why do childminders need tiney?

          The number of childminders in the UK is falling, despite the fact that childminders offer a unique, important type of childcare, which is highly valued by families. Our conversations with childminders and nationwide research shows that childminders love working with children and running their own independent businesses, but are leaving the profession due to the level of paperwork, financial difficulties and a lack of support. At tiney, we’re on a mission to turn this around and help you make your business even more successful.

          How do I join tiney?

          Our joining process is simple.

          First of all, Ofsted or CMA-registered childminders complete our online suitability questionnaire. This asks you important information about you and your business,for example you will need to confirm you hold a DBS check and confirm you’ve completed paediatric first aid training within the past three years. It takes a few minutes to complete and can be done from your phone or computer.

          We’ll then get in touch with you to organise an in-person home visit with one of our Community Managers. We want to learn about the quality of education and care you deliver at your setting. We’re looking providers who are just as passionate as us about delivering a gold standard of care for children and families. Following a successful home visit, we have all the information we need to create your beautiful webpage. We’ll send this to you to review along with our Provider Commitments. We’re building a strong community engaged in delivering a new and exciting experience for families. Our Provider Commitments outline the promises we make to you about the experience we want you to have as an important part of this community. They also ask you to make a commitment to using our app, services and, crucially, talking to us about your experience of being part of our tiney community so that we can improve our offering for you and the families in your care.

          I’m not a childminder, but I’d like to be one. Can tiney help?

          We’re always excited to hear from people who are thinking about registering as a childminder. If you’re that person, or are already in the process of registering, we can help you get your business off to a flying start. Get in touch with us to hear about how we can help you.

          Once I’ve joined, how does tiney work?

          We’ve got something for everyone; whether you’re a new childminder setting up your business or have years of experience under your belt, we’re confident we can add value.

          We take the headache and expense out of filling your vacancies, no matter how big or complex they might be. We do this by creating beautiful webpage profiles for individual providers. You can view an example here. We match families to your availability and unique offering, and this process always includes a family visit to your setting. If you’re happy with the match, we support you to get started with free contracts, which we’ll ensure parents are happy with.

          What happens to my existing families?

          We want all families to benefit from our app and services. We encourage all our tiney providers to use our app and services with their existing families. Getting your current families set up is completely free and straightforward.

          Is tiney a Childminder Agency?

          No. Nothing changes with your Ofsted-registration when you join us. tiney providers are all self-employed and run independent businesses. We believe this means we can offer you the best combination of support and autonomy.

          Do I have to pay to join tiney and be part of the community?

          No. All our services, products and community events are free for tiney providers. Our goal is to ensure your business is a successful one, and this includes earning a good income, whilst also offering parent value and affordability. Tiney providers’ set their own rates for childcare and these vary by provider and region. Using comparisons with local providers and national data, we can advise you on a rate that we believe is appropriate for your setting, but your rate is your decision.

          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

          Can parents use their government-funded hours and other Tax-Free 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.

          Is tiney secure and safe?

          Absolutely. We take safeguarding and security very seriously - from how we work to our provider joining process 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.

          tiney 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 the privacy and data of families at your setting. You can read more in our privacy policy.

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