Angie and Libby's tiney home nursery
Angie and Libby's tiney home nursery

Existing childminder?

Discover our bold, new breed, of childminder agency

tiney gives existing childminders a modern alternative to Ofsted. Bringing together friendly support, comprehensive training & easy tools to help existing childminders thrive

Do you love working with children but struggle with the grind of running a childminding business? Is the paperwork overwhelming or lack of support making you feel lonely? Are you tired of dealing with Ofsted and looking for more help? If so, then tiney is a great fit for you!

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What does tiney offer existing childminders?

tiney is a childminder agency built around the needs of modern childminders. CMA’s were introduced by the Government to offer childminders an alternative to Ofsted, with additional support and services that you won’t get otherwise. When you switch to tiney, you’ll no longer deal directly with Ofsted - meaning that, amongst other things, our friendly team will take over all your QA and inspections (we’ll also visit you every year, rather than every 6!)

At tiney, we’ve built a completely unique type of CMA offering childminders the independence of being self-employed, with the benefits of being part of a modern network of other childminders. As a childminder, tiney acts as your regulator, your business partner and your cheerleader. We’ll equip you with a modern app, provide amazing CPD, support you as part of our professional community and help you maximise your earning hours by minimising your admin.

Why are childminders joining tiney?

Earn more as a tiney childminder

tiney childminders nationwide earn 17% more than equivalent Ofsted childminders due to our unparalleled support, high quality bar, brand recognition, inclusive benefits and tech tools.

Get support, maintain your independence

tiney provide all the support you need, without imposing any restrictions on your business. You continue to choose your own hours, rates, and customers. We provide benefits and support that make running your business easier

Save hours each week with the tiney app

the tiney app is the first all-in-one childminding app, saving you hours per week, whilst being simple to use. It includes policies, education support, business tools and even automated contracts and payments.

Rated highly by Ofsted, childminders & families

tiney achieved Ofsted’s highest grading in our recent inspection, plus 98% of parents and childminders engaging with the tiney brand give us an incredible 5 star customer satisfaction score.

Join the UK’s most popular childminding community

tiney is the UKs largest CMA, including many childminders who’ve already switched from Ofsted. Avoid loneliness and tap in to our huge professional network of over 1500 childminders and trainees.

Grow your business, boost your career

tiney takes care of all your CPD and offers you many growth opportunities, including holiday club and wraparound programmes. Plus, over half of tiney childminders work with assistants to boost their earnings.

How much could you earn? Find out, with our simple earnings calculator

Discover your future business potential with our handy calculator! Customise your earnings based on the number of children, working hours, and childcare rates.

With tiney, you’ll get a loooooong list of benefits you won’t find anywhere else


  • A search friendly website to market your setting

  • A digital marketing kit to boost your online presence

  • A home launch kit to setup and promote your home

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Education & Training

  • Up to £3000 of upfront business & education training dependent on your pathway

  • Ongoing training & support to help you hit your yearly CPD targets & boost your career

  • Ongoing community events including tiney’s EYFS live sessions, business bootcamps & much loved book club

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  • Full access to the complete suite of tools in the tiney app including daily journal, register and a huge library of EYFS aligned activities

  • Billing, contracts, tax, funded hours and expenses taken care of with the tiney wallet

  • All policies and paperwork streamlined with digital storage and signatures

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Rewards & Benefits

  • Comprehensive insurance for your business

  • Access to legal support, financial advice and SEND support services whenever you need it

  • Ongoing discounts with tiney partners, including days out, toys and other equipment

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Childminding myths and FAQs

At tiney, we’re re-booting childminding for the modern era. Here’s some answers to common concerns and questions we hear, and how tiney can help;

Will an agency tell me how to run my business?

Will joining an agency reduce my earnings?

Does a company like tiney really care?

Once I’m signed up, will the agency forget about me?

Is being with an agency an ‘easier’ route than Ofsted?

Will families view an agency registered childminder in the same way?

Will I still be able to offer funded placements?

Hear from our childminders

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Shereen and Sophia Grant

Twin sisters and music professionals

“When you're working with someone else, it's just about coming together in the end. Working together has helped our communication and development. We take the children out on outings and have stimulating activities for them and that is our main goal.”

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Jemima Cainer

Former SEN children worker

“I feel so lucky to be able to spend so much more time with my own family alongside my lovely 'minded' children, and to offer an affordable option to support local families.”

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Alicia Wilkins

Former Teacher

“I didn’t start this with a business mindset…tiney took care of the hard stuff, which is great for someone who's never been self-employed before.”

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Lottie Fudge

Former Teacher

“Moving from teaching to tiney offered an alternative to my overwhelming workload. Every day is different which is one of the reasons that I love it.”

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Sam Beech

Former nursery worker

“I started a nursery in my living room - now my business turns over £70,000 a year”

The all in one app that childminders simply love

Streamline enrolments, billing and attendance. Enjoy sharing learning updates, feel connected to your community and continually grow your knowledge.

tiney receives Ofsted's highest grading of 'effective'

tiney is an Ofsted Registered Chidminder Agency enabling a new generation of modern childminders. Find out what Ofsted thought about tiney by reading the report.

New to childminding?

Discover why tiney is the most popular route for new childminders.


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