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New to childminding?

Discover why tiney is the most popular route for new childminders

tiney gives you the upfront training & tools to supercharge your childcare business, plus the long term support & professional community to help your career thrive

Do you love the idea of working with children and want to make a difference to their lives? Are you energised about running your own business from home? Are you looking for a career where you can be treated like an early years professional and earn a professional wage? If so, then tiney is a great fit for you!

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What is a childminder?

A registered childminder is a childcare professional who works from their own home caring for a small group of children. Setting up as a childminder can seem a little daunting, but with tiney you’ll get unmatched support and experience to help you at every step. When you choose tiney, you’ll be joining the UK’s largest, most modern and most popular route for new childminders

£1200 bonus for new childminders

The Government has announced a new £1200 grant, available to newly registered tiney childminders.

Why should you become a childminder with tiney?

Change children’s lives from your living room

Work from home, set your own hours and be there for your own family; all whilst doing the rewarding work of helping children in your care develop and thrive

Earn £27k or more in your first year!

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.

Fastest, most supported registration route

Your dedicated adviser will work with you to get registered as quickly as you would like. Many childminders register in just 4-6 weeks.

Join the UK’s most popular childminding community

Get support and help from our huge professional network of over 1500 childminders and trainees. Connect in person and online.

Give families a professional branded experience

98% of parents and childminders engaging with the tiney brand give us an incredible 5 star customer satisfaction score.

Access our all-in-one market leading app

The tiney app is the only tool you’ll need to run a successful childcare business - taking the headache out of payments, planning, admin and more.

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.

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What is a childminder agency?

When you decide to become a childminder you have two routes - join an Ofsted registered childminder agency like tiney (you can read our glowing Ofsted report here), or register directly with Ofsted. CMA’s were introduced by the Government to offer childminders additional support and services that you won’t get if you register directly with Ofsted. At tiney, our registered childminders are independent self-employed businesses, but they benefit from comprehensive support, tools and ongoing coaching to help them thrive.

As a childminder, tiney acts as your regulator, your business partner and your cheerleader. Our inspections and quality bar are set to the same high standards as Ofsted, but all your interactions will be with our friendly tiney team. We are incredibly proud of the type of CMA we are building at tiney, and proud to champion childminding and help our members develop and grow!

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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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”

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;

Do you need Early Years experience to become a childminder?

Do I need to own my home?

Will I earn enough money?

Will my home be suitable and do I need a garden?

I’ve never been self employed - isn’t that complicated?

What are ratios and how do they work?

What’s the process to join?

Will I be able to find customers and how does tiney help?

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.

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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.

tiney is a different way to do childcare. We partner with brilliant educators who share our dream of giving every child a quality early years education. Together we can breathe a new sense of purpose into childcare, supporting our children and communities to learn, grow, and play together.

Existing childminder?

Discover our bold, new breed, of childminder agency and and how we can work together.


Find out about tiney and book a call today.

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