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tiney is the UK’s largest community of vetted childminders. We’re trusted by thousands of real parents and local to you. 

We make it easy for families to find childcare that’s quality assured, safe and affordable. Our childminders operate across England and with well over 1000 childcare settings, you can easily find a local tiney registered childminder near you.

Ofsted approved & quality assured

As an Ofsted approved childminder agency, all tiney childminders go through rigorous training and frequent inspections.

Education focused & fun

tiney childminders focus on learning through play every day, building strong loving relationships in local homely settings.

Affordable, safe & convenient

tiney childminders cater for the unique needs of different families offering flexible, quality assured, local childcare.

How do I find and choose a childminder near me?

tiney is free to search and trusted by thousands of real parents

Search

Search childcare in your local area for free, no account needed

Match

Shortlist the best childminders local to you based on your needs & real reviews

Message

Message one, or many, childminders that meet your needs

Meet

Arrange a visit to meet a childminder and see their childcare setting

How do tiney childminders compare to other childcare options?

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Much more than just a childcare search engine

At tiney, we don’t just list childminders, we regulate them. As an Ofsted-regulated childminder agency, our standards match or surpass the best local nurseries in your area. Unlike other childminders, tiney childminders are inspected every year and registered only with us. This means every local childminder you find on our site is chosen for quality and reliability, giving you total peace of mind.

How tiney compares to other childcare options

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Fair Pricing

Clear rates for school and unsociable hours

Funded hours

Access to government funded childcare hours

Inspected

Fully checked, vetted and inspected at least once a year

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Common FAQs

Here’s some things to think about during your childcare search

What is a childminder agency?

A childminder agency (CMA) can register and quality assure childminders as an alternative to them registering directly with Ofsted. Childminder agencies like tiney were specifically designed by the Government to provide extra support and services to childminders and their families.

Why is tiney good news for families?

For families, tiney acts as a high quality regulator and helpful partner. Our childcare inspections (called Quality Assurance visits) and quality bar are set to the same high standards as Ofsted, but unlike Ofsted we visit our local childminders every 12 months (rather than every 6 years).

On top of that, parents get an exceptional childcare experience with the tiney app - ensuring that payments, updates and tracking children’s learning is really easy for any enrolled family.

How much do registered childminders charge?

Tiney childminders charge competitive rates for childcare that will vary depending on location, services and contract arrangements. Across the country childminders tend to be cheaper than Nurseries - as an example, our London based tiney childminders typically charge £80-£90 per day, whereas average London Nursery charges are £90-£100 per day. Charges will be displayed on each childminders tiney profile web page.

As well as tiney childminders being more affordable than local nurseries, they also offer a more tailored level of care for your child in a smaller, family style setting. tiney childminders work from their own homes and receive a huge amount of support and inclusive services from tiney. As such, this guarantees that as well as having a high quality bar, they can retain a greater amount of their earnings than if they were employed directly by a local nursery or school.

Tiney childminders carefully compare their rates against other local providers to ensure prices are competitive for families, all while offering a customer experience that goes above and beyond what's typically available in the area. All tiney registered childminders are able to deliver Government funded childcare hours and can accept tax free childcare, and other payment schemes.

How do I find a childminder?

Finding a childminder with tiney is really easy. You can search tiney.co for free and find registered childminders near you that meet your specific childcare requirements. Once you’ve matched with a childminder you can message them for free through the tiney site and arrange to meet and view their childcare setting.

How do I hire a childminder?

Hiring a childminder with tiney is simple and takes place through the tiney app. Once you’ve agreed childcare arrangements with your chosen childminder they’ll create a childcare contract. At this point, you’ll get an invite to sign the contract and onboard to the tiney app, sharing all the essential info to help your child settle in.

Hiring a tiney childminder is a streamlined process and much easier than the offline paperwork you might expect with a typical childminder or local nursery.

What is the difference between a nanny and a childminder?

A nanny provides care in your own home and is an unregulated form of childcare, meaning Nanny’s do not need an Ofsted registration or formal inspections. In contrast, a tiney childminder works from their own home in your local area - caring for multiple children in a safe, family style, setting.

Tiney childminders are self-employed but supported and regulated by tiney, inline with Ofsted standards. As a regulated form of childcare childminders are different to Nannies in two more ways. Firstly, they are professional early years educators and trained to deliver the EYFS. Second, parents can also pay childminders using Government funded hours, tax free childcare and other schemes.

How do I find the best childminder?

To find a childminder that best matches your needs you can filter by childminder offering and services on the tiney website. There are a host of vetted, regulated and trusted childminders to choose from on the tiney website, all offering their own unique personality and features.

As a regulated form of childcare, childminders must meet stringent Government standards, and all tiney childminders must also meet our high quality bar. Just like choosing an airbnb that meets your specific holiday requirements, tiney helps you find a childminder whose qualifications and home setup perfectly suit the needs of you and your child.

Questions you may want to ask a tiney childminder

Here’s some things to think about during your childcare search

Why did you get in to Childminding and what made you choose tiney?

We believe that one of the most important aspects of determining whether a tiney home is a good fit for your child is understanding why your prospective childminder chose this career!

We’re confident that when you hear direct from our childminders about their passions and interests as Early Educators you’ll understand more about the difference that being part of a tiney home can make.

What will my child be eating?

All of our tiney homes offer healthy, balanced menus that will cater to any particular dietary requirements your child may have (of course, a packed lunch that you provide may also be an option you can discuss). Your tiney childminder should be able to provide you with a sample menu, and maybe even a taster if you visit at the right time!

What sort of activities will my child be taking part in each day?

As part of their training, all of our childminders draw up a proposed daily schedule, incorporating the EYFS and their own ideas. Depending on their individual setting, some tiney childminders might focus more on outdoor play than others, others might go on lots of trips out, but all of them are passionate about the benefits of learning through play, as outlined in our educational philosophy.

On the tiney website you can search for childminders with a specific education interest.

How will my child be supported through any big milestones?

First steps, potty training, weaning… our community have the knowledge and experience to work with you on taking your child through those big, important moments and are able to provide you with the advice and resources you need.

Thanks to our app, you’ll be able to follow their progress every step of the way in the Learning Journal, plus get helpful tips for supporting your child through key milestones in your own home.

How will my childminder deal with any behavioural challenges?

All of our community are trained on the best ways to deal with conflict between children and any other common issues that might come up (and don’t worry, they’ve almost certainly seen it all before!).

Our childminders take a gentle approach and will talk to you about any problems that crop up so you can work on a solution together.

Regions with tiney childminders in England

Andover

Ashford

Ashfield

Barnsley

Bradford

Banbury

Basingstoke

Bideford

Birkenhead

Birmingham

Blackburn

Blackpool

Blandford Forum and Gillingham

Blyth and Ashington

Bournemouth

Bridgwater

Bridport

Brighton

Bristol

Burnley

Burton upon Trent

Berwick

Bedford

Braintree

Bermondsey and Old Southwark

Bolton West

Bath

Bootle

Bristol East

Basildon and Billericay

Buckingham

Barrow and Furness

Cambridge

Cheltenham

Chichester and Bognor Regis

Clacton

Colchester

Corby

Coventry

Crawley

Crewe

Chester

Cinderford and Ross-on-Wye

Coventry North West

Croydon Central

Congleton

Chelmsford

Croydon North

Castle Point

Croydon South

Doncaster

Dudley

Durham and Bishop Auckland

Dorking and Horley

Dagenham and Rainham

Dover

Devizes

Dewsbury

Dudley North

Eastbourne

Evesham

Exeter

Erith and Thamesmead

Folkestone and Dover

Faversham and Mid Kent

Fylde

Guildford and Aldershot

Gloucester

Gillingham and Rainham

Garston and Halewood

Halifax

Hartlepool

Hereford

High Wycombe and Aylesbury

Hull

Huntingdon

Huddersfield

Hove

Hendon

Henley

Ipswich

Ilford South

Kendal

Kettering and Wellingborough

King's Lynn

Kingston and Surbiton

Keighley

Kingswood

Launceston

Leamington Spa

Leeds

Leicester

Lincoln

Liskeard

Liverpool

London

Lowestoft

Luton

Lewisham West and Penge

Leeds Central

Luton South

Middlesbrough and Stockton

Manchester

Mansfield

Margate and Ramsgate

Medway

Milton Keynes

Maidstone

Mid Bedfordshire

Mid Worcestershire

Maidstone and The Weald

Mitcham and Morden

Newbury

Newcastle

Northallerton

Northampton

Norwich

Nottingham

North West Essex

North West Cambridgeshire

North Thanet

North East Somerset

Nuneaton

North Dorset

North East Bedfordshire

North West Durham

North East Cambridgeshire

Oxford

Old Bexley and Sidcup

Orpington

Oldham West and Royton

Plymouth

Portsmouth

Preston

Peterborough

Pendle

Poplar and Limehouse

Reading

Redruth and Truro

Rochford and Southend East

Runnymede and Weybridge

Salisbury

Scarborough

Scunthorpe

Sheffield

Skegness and Louth

Slough and Heathrow

Southampton

Southend

Spalding

St Austell and Newquay

Stevenage and Welwyn Garden City

Stoke-on-Trent

Street and Wells

Sunderland

Swindon

Sleaford and North Hykeham

Stourbridge

Stratford-on-Avon

South West Norfolk

Stoke-on-Trent Central

Southport

Surrey Heath

Stoke-on-Trent North

St Ives

Stroud

Solihull

South Northamptonshire

South Ribble

South Holland and The Deepings

Thetford and Mildenhall

Taunton

Telford

Torquay and Paignton

Trowbridge

Tunbridge Wells

Tiverton and Honiton

Tynemouth

Thurrock

Tottenham

Wakefield and Castleford

Warrington and Wigan

Weston-super-Mare

Wisbech

Wolverhampton and Walsall

Worcester and Kidderminster

Worksop and Retford

Worthing

Watford

West Suffolk

Wakefield

Wokingham

Witham

Walsall South

Wirral West

Warrington South

Woking

Wyre Forest

York

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