Why choose tiney?

Ofsted approved & quality assured

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

Education focused & fun

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

Affordable, safe & convenient

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

Happy child chasing bubbles

A childminder in North East Bedfordshire is a brilliant childcare option, thanks to their flexibility, locality and affordability

Our quality assured tiney childminders are located in homes all across North East Bedfordshire, so it’s easy to find a childminder near you. As all childminders are home based, you’re more likely to find them in residential areas unlike some nurseries. Childminders also offer North East Bedfordshire parents smaller adult to child numbers than packed local nurseries, meaning children benefit from the same high quality care, but in family style home from home environments. Plus, unlike a local nursery, childminders can offer wraparound care for school age children and are more likely to be able to meet the specific needs of busy North East Bedfordshire families.

What are my options for childcare in North East Bedfordshire?

North East Bedfordshire parents have 3 main childcare options to choose from - nanny, nursery or childminder. Only childminders and nurseries are regulated forms of childcare - meaning they are inspected by either Ofsted, or an Ofsted approved Childminder Agency (like tiney). Just like nurseries, childminders are trained to deliver the EYFS statutory framework and are regularly inspected to ensure standards are being met. Tiney childminders are also inspected (quality assured) yearly, more frequently than any other childcare type, meaning peace of mind for families that choose to work with them. In terms of location, all childminders operate from their own homes and will look after a small number of local children. Whatever option you choose, the table below will help you find the childcare choice that’s right for you!

How tiney compares to other childcare options in North East Bedfordshire




Fair Pricing

Clear rates for school and unsociable hours

Funded hours

Access to government funded childcare hours


Fully checked, vetted and inspected at least once a year

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How do I find and choose a childminder in North East Bedfordshire?


Start by searching the tiney site for childminders in your local area of North East Bedfordshire. It’s completely free to search and you don’t need an account.


On each tiney page you’ll see the approximate location and walking times to local transport links. Once you’ve found a childminder, or childminders, you’re interested in, you can contact them through the tiney site.


Use the 'care requirements' form on the childminders tiney profile page to share your basic requirements such as number of children, hours needed per week and start date.


Once you’ve submitted your care requirements, your tiney childminder will contact you to discuss care requirements and arrange a time for you to visit their home.

Trusted by tiney - how we help when choosing a childminder

Don’t forget, tiney is an Ofsted Registered Childminder Agency, licensed to train, support and quality assure childminders in North East Bedfordshire. This means that when selecting any tiney childminder you can rest assured they are:

DBS checked and verified

Paediatric First Aid trained

Quality Assured every year

Home verified in person

Fully trained by tiney

GP Health checked

LA Background checked

All household members checked

Common FAQs

Is a childminder cheaper than a nursery?

On average childminders in North East Bedfordshire are cheaper than Nurseries. Rates vary by location and services offered, but in almost every area you’ll find a tiney childminder that offers a great combination of quality and affordability when compared with local nurseries.

Do you need qualifications to be a childminder in the UK?

There's no formal childcare qualification needed to be a childminder in England, but childminders do need other qualifications and checks. As regulated childcare professionals any registered childminder in England must undergo stringent background and safety checks, including any members of their household over the age of 16. At tiney, all our childminders across England are also trained to high standards - meeting our 'trained by tiney' quality bar, enabling them to deliver the EYFS statutory framework and having qualifications in food hygiene, and Paediatric first aid.

What are the benefits of using a childminder?

tiney childminders provide extra benefits to parents over a typical Ofsted registered childminder, with more frequent quality assurance visits, and the benefit of the tiney app for families. In North East Bedfordshire, childminders are also beneficial to families due to their convenient locations across the region, and their flexibility. Many families find that the family style homes of childminders, combined with the smaller blended age groups of children who attend the settings, are important benefits over local nurseries.

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