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30 November 2021

Early years activity ideas: 8 uses for a massive Amazon box

Tis the season to clog up the recycling bin. Here's Lisa Jarmin with a few ways to get the most out of that tower of cardboard...

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Lisa Jarmin

Education Writer

18 November 2021

Big news: we’ve launched in Greater Manchester!

We're hitting the north west to find more great tiney childminders - and there's a £500 registration reward up for grabs

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Isabel Mohan

Head of Content

21 October 2021

How to create an enabling environment

An enabling environment supports and nurtures a child's health, safety, happiness, and development. While children can thrive in a variety of settings, childminders are uniquely positioned to provide high-quality care.

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The tiney team

tiney HQ

14 October 2021

Fundamental British Values in Early Years: A guide for childminders

There are four essential British values that childminders and other early years providers are required to promote as part of their practice and care.

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The tiney team

tiney HQ

06 October 2021

5 sensory play activities for childcare

Sensory play helps young children learn about the world around them and how it works. These sensory experiences spur fundamental physical, mental, social, and behavioural development at a critical age.

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The tiney team

tiney HQ

16 September 2021

A complete guide to safeguarding

Children develop best when they’re healthy, safe, and secure. Safeguarding procedures help childcare providers build high-quality environments where children can cultivate foundational life skills.

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The tiney team

tiney HQ

14 September 2021

Everything you need to know about childminder ratios

Childminder ratios are in place to ensure childminders provide the highest quality care at all times. Read our complete guide on how to navigate ratio guidance.

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The tiney team

tiney HQ

02 September 2021

How to navigate Ofsted Registration: A guide for childminders

Deciding to become a childminder is an exciting decision. But before you can get started, there are some legal hoops to jump through.

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The tiney team

tiney HQ

25 August 2021

Latest Covid guidance: What should childminders do if a household member is self-isolating?

The latest Coronavirus guidance for childminders

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The tiney team

tiney HQ

03 August 2021

What happened when tiney childminder Blerina went to 10 Downing Street

Blerina is one of our most successful tiney childminders, and now her hard work during the pandemic has been acknowledged by the Prime Minister...

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The tiney team

tiney HQ

08 July 2021

Covid update: What does 'freedom day' mean for childminders?

All the latest info on the new Covid rules for people working in childcare

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The tiney team

tiney HQ

06 July 2021

It's time to get ready for the September childcare rush

Now is a great time to start training with tiney - or supercharge your childminding business

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The tiney team

tiney HQ

29 June 2021

Life at tiney: Our 2021 diversity, equity and belonging update

Every year we've committed to sharing a public update on our diversity, equity and inclusion work to hold ourselves accountable.

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Beth Toms

Head of People

21 June 2021

How to become a childminder

Your guide to becoming a childminder: the qualifications you need, potential earnings, the steps involved and more

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The tiney team

tiney HQ

12 May 2021

Life at tiney: Meet Josh

Meet Josh, he left marketing to become a software engineer

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Beth Toms

Head of People

04 May 2021

How to help children navigate change as we ease out of lockdown

Remember normal life? Many young children won't! Here are a few tips on making the transition a little easier...

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Laura House

Education Lead

26 April 2021

tiney's anti-racist guide: your questions answered

The questions we didn't get to during our sell-out launch event

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Jade Francis

Education Specialist

19 April 2021

Diary of a tiney trainee part 2: Amy on the perks of juggling childminder training with mum life

Amy's busy life with a toddler doesn't make training with tiney easy - but they're both learning so much

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Isabel Mohan

Head of Content

13 April 2021

Our guide to becoming an inclusive, anti-racist early educator

We are pleased to launch and share an important new resource: The tiney guide to becoming an inclusive, anti-racist early educator!

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Matt Lloyd-Rose

Head of Education

23 March 2021

Life at tiney: Meet Lucy

Meet Lucy, she left physiotherapy to dive into the tech startup world.

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Beth Toms

Head of People

17 March 2021

Parent’s view: Why our kids need more great childminders - fast!

Schools might be back, but the childcare crisis is rumbling on. Can you help?

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Isabel Mohan

Head of Content

10 March 2021

Referral bonus: How you can get £1000 if you help us find our new engineer

Make childcare better by referring a Software Engineer to help build tiney

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Beth Toms

Head of People

08 March 2021

IWD 2021: Our pick of the best books and activities to promote girl power

The best books for little ones that promote positive, barrier-breaking gender narratives

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Laura House

Education Lead

04 March 2021

Diary of a tiney trainee part 1: Why Amy left teaching to become a childminder

Meet Amy. She's a new mum and former primary school teacher who's just started training with tiney...

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Isabel Mohan

Head of Content

23 February 2021

How the roadmap out of lockdown affects childminders

Spoiler alert: it's mostly good news!

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Isabel Mohan

Head of Content

19 February 2021

Life at tiney: Meet Goksan

Meet Goksan, he joined the tiney team as a Software Engineer just over a year ago after finishing college.

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Beth Toms

Head of People

20 January 2021

Why now is a great time to start your childcare business

Don't let lockdown hold you back - you could open a tiney home in time for the spring rush

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Richard Miranda

Growth Lead

13 January 2021

How social media can help you build your childminding business during lockdown

Make the most of Facebook and Instagram to find families seeking childcare during the pandemic

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Isabel Mohan

Head of Content

07 January 2021

Coronavirus update 07/01/21; all tiney homes remain open during lockdown

How tiney homes are operating during lockdown

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Brett Wigdortz OBE

Chief Executive Officer

07 January 2021

Why Early years settings are open: a statement from the Department for Education

Tiney has received the following statement from the Department for Education

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Brett Wigdortz OBE

Chief Executive Officer

31 December 2020

Coronavirus update 01/01/21; tiney homes to stay open under the new government guidance

Childminders will be able to continue to operate in all tiers of the UK despite school closures

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Lisa Holmes

Customer Operations Manager

22 December 2020

An end of the year update for our community

There's lots to look forward to with tiney in 2021

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Isabel Mohan

Head of Content

02 December 2020

Meet our childminders: How Nikki's years of childcare experience inspired her to open her own tiney home

We popped over to Nikki's place in Croydon to hear her tiney story

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Isabel Mohan

Head of Content

26 November 2020

Life at tiney: Meet Sajida

Let's get to know Sajida, who leads the onboarding squad at tiney...

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Beth Toms

Head of People

13 November 2020

Tips for childminders: How you can help families even more in these uncertain times

Making the most of your business during Covid

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Isabel Mohan

Head of Content

05 November 2020

Refer a childminder (Give £300 to a friend and get £300 for referring them!)

All the details on our new referral scheme

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The tiney team

tiney HQ

02 November 2020

Coronavirus update: A message from our founder and CEO on how the new lockdown impacts childminders

What early years professionals need to know about the new Covid 19 restrictions

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Brett Wigdortz OBE

Chief Executive Officer

26 October 2020

Life at tiney: Meet Lewis

We're kicking off a series of blog posts about our team at tiney, to help paint a better picture of what it's like to work here. First up, we have Lewis!

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Beth Toms

Head of People

14 October 2020

A wonderful perk of joining tiney: Book Club

We're launching tiney Book Club with a warm and wonderful modern classic

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Laura House

Education Lead

30 September 2020

What qualifications do I need to become a registered childminder?

Becoming a childminder: what you need

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The tiney team

tiney HQ

20 July 2020

Life at tiney: diversity, equity and belonging

We're building a product for everyone and we need our team to reflect this

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Beth Toms

Head of People

15 July 2020

Meet the former florist whose love of children sparked a career change

How tiney helped Rebecca make a great move for her family

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Isabel Mohan

Head of Content

15 July 2020

How years in the corporate world inspired Libby to train with tiney

She's even brought her mum along for the ride!

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Isabel Mohan

Head of Content

01 June 2020

Childcare choices during Covid-19: a guide for parents

Returning to childcare: frequently asked questions

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Isabel Mohan

Head of Content

15 May 2020

Life at tiney: Why play isn't just for children

Young children learn best when they play and we believe that this applies to adults as well

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Beth Toms

Head of People

29 April 2020

An open letter from a parent to all early years professionals

Parenting without you, the professionals who feel like family, is almost impossible.

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Isabel Mohan

Head of Content

23 March 2020

Safeguarding during Coronavirus

Tips if you're caring for the children of key workers

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Sarah Read

Head of Safeguarding

18 March 2020

Coronavirus: A letter to the tiney community

FAQs for tiney home leaders, plus the launch of our £10,000 fund

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Brett Wigdortz OBE

Chief Executive Officer

11 March 2020

How to communicate with young children about Coronavirus

Expert advice on talking to young children about Covid-19

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Isabel Mohan

Head of Content

10 March 2020

Why home-based care is so great

Attachment theory and the benefits of home-based childcare.

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Richard Miranda

Growth Lead

07 October 2019

The importance of play for young children

Play sits at the heart of everything we do at tiney.

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Matt Lloyd-Rose

Head of Education

07 October 2019

How we make sure children settle in successfully

How we approach the settling in period at tiney.

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Matt Lloyd-Rose

Head of Education

07 October 2019

How to develop independence in children

Why 'temper tantrums' can sometimes be a good thing.

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Bryony Hackett-Evans

07 October 2019

Outdoor play - the best kind of learning

Why playing outdoors is an important part of development.

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Bryony Hackett-Evans

07 October 2019

How to help children become lifelong readers

You need to focus on the right foundational skills first.

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Bryony Hackett-Evans

28 September 2019

What makes a great early-years educator?

The three characteristics we look for when recruiting tiney home leaders.

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Matt Lloyd-Rose

Head of Education