Change lives from your living room.

Tiney helps trained educators and teachers open their own home-based childcare businesses. So they can make a direct impact on young children’s futures.

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A rewarding career that you have full control over.

Use your existing skills.

You have all the knowledge and skills to give children the best start in life possible. We help you make it a reality by providing extra training, registration and business support.

No upfront cost.

We’ll train and register you at no upfront cost to you. You take on no debt or risk when setting up. We only make a return once you’re working with families.

Find customers quickly.

We give you extensive marketing support to help you find customers. It's realistic that you could be earning up to £150 per day within months of setting up. If you pro rata this into a full-time salary, you’d be making over £35,000 a year.

tiney is looking for passionate individuals across London.

As part of our mission to find the next generation of childcare professionals, we’re looking for outstanding individuals across London who can complete our training and open their business within two to three months of starting. If you think you’ve got what it takes then get in touch.

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I'm studying for / have a childcare qualification and would love to run my own home business.

A few of the ways tiney will help you include:

  • Inspirational training on child development and early learning that builds on your existing knowledge.

  • Key startup costs covered by tiney.

  • Fully supported pathway to take you from Ofsted-registration, setting up your business, filling places and starting to earn.

Be part of the future of childcare.

Brett's Story

Our CEO Brett formed tiney after 15 years leading Teach First, a charity that has worked with over a million children. He realised more support was needed for children from an even earlier age. He created tiney to help make that difference.

The first years of a child’s life are the moment you can have the greatest impact on them. As a tiney home nursery owner you’ll not only be starting a fantastic home business that can support your family, but joining a growing community that is working to unlock the potential of every child.

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How does tiney help me?

We’ll teach you how to market your business, and give you long term support and digital tools to succeed. To make tiney work financially we charge a small percentage of childcare fees to cover the costs of our support, insurances and digital services.

  • We pay for your training and registration fees

  • No previous childcare training necessary

  • All insurance fees covered

  • Policies, contracts and payments all taken care of

  • Marketing training and business coaching support

  • Earn on your terms and set your own schedule

You bring a passion for working with children. We supercharge your new business.

Why is tiney a great option for you?

Do work that matters.

Educating young children is one of the most important things anyone can do. And there is no better way to make a direct impact on them than in small group sizes with 1:1 attention.

A work schedule that works for you.

Set your own hours and create your own ideal work environment. You’re your own boss and decide how and when you work. Finally, a job where you're in control.

Access to a lifelong community.

Join a community of like-minded individuals passionate about educating children. You'll train together and they'll be your friends and support network.

What are others saying about tiney?

I am really excited about the difference tiney is making. As well as improving access to great childcare for parents, tiney’s model also offers families a chance to start a business that actually balances work with family time, which makes it truly unique.

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Justine Roberts

Founder, mumsnet

tiney is addressing all the problems that have turned people away from childminding in recent years. As well as helping independent business owners be better supported, their high quality bar and continuous vetting process is improving standards.

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Sarah Read

Head of Early Years, Action for Children

Is this too good to be true?

No! Our CEO Brett previously ran an educational charity called Teach First, that worked with over a million children at secondary and primary school level. Over time, he realised more needed to be done for younger children, which is why he started tiney.

We want to support fantastic new people into the industry so we can help give more children amazing home-based care. To lower the risk for you, we cover the majority of the costs for you to set-up and get started.

So how do you make money?

We sustain our business by adding a percentage of costs (up to 10%) to each family’s bill.

Am I eligible to join tiney?

We're looking for individuals who are driven, ready to learn and, crucially, great with kids. It's not about specific experiences or a fancy CV, but more about who you are and what you stand for. The main thing is you’re ready to get stuck in and develop the skills to be successful.

If I don't own my house, can I join tiney?

Yes, but you need to check with your landlord that you have permission to run a business from the property you’re renting.

Can I run a business if I have a flat?

As long as you have permission to run a business from your home, the fact that it’s a flat won’t make a difference. You don’t need a garden, but if you don’t have one you do need to be within easy distance of a park so that children can spend time outdoors each day.

How long will the whole process take?

The training and registration process is likely to take about eight weeks. The precise speed of this process depends on how long DBS (criminal record) and Local Authority checks take. Going through this process with tiney is significantly faster than opening a home childcare business independently.