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Why choose a tiney childminder?

Discover quality-assured, safe & flexible care that’s local to you

tiney is an Ofsted-registered Childminder Agency, offering families high-quality childcare, through our national community of modern childminders.

Are you looking for brilliant childcare, but struggling to find an option that ticks every box? We designed tiney for families just like you.

Our childminders go through rigorous training and are quality-assured to higher standards than Ofsted. tiney is also affordable, safe and convenient, offering the best aspects of a large nursery setting, but in small family style homes. Plus, our childcare is education focused and fun, giving under 5’s an amazing pre-school start that can grow with them up to the age of 12!

Learn more about us and our mission

What is a tiney childminder?

tiney childminders are childcare professionals offering families flexible, high-quality childminding services from their own homes. All tiney childminders are part of our Ofsted Registered Childminder Agency - giving families the peace of mind of quality-assured, highly-regulated care, with all the flexibility of a typical childminder.

With the tiney app, families also get a modern way to manage their childcare that’s more similar to the best local nurseries.

Why should you choose a tiney childminder?

Research shows that a home from home environment, with low adult-child ratios, is the best place for your child's development. Our tiney homes offer brilliant early years education and the chance to build meaningful bonds, all powered by a world class app.

It's childminding, but with a 21st century twist.

Discover safe, homely care with frequent inspections

tiney childminders are inspected once a year, compared with only once every 6 years for other childminders registered directly with Ofsted. tiney is an Ofsted Registered CMA.

Join thousands of other families using tiney

Each week thousands of families are using tiney across the country. 98% of parents engaging with the tiney brand give us an incredible 5 star customer satisfaction score.

Simplify your childcare costs, with easy payments

With our tiney app you can easily track care hours and pay securely. tiney accepts all major payment schemes, including tax free childcare and funded hours, and is FCA regulated.

Manage your childcare easily with the tiney app

All families using a tiney childminder benefit from our brilliant app; with at home learning tips, education tracking, in-app messaging and more.

Get more with tiney; including an online GP

The tiney app gives you brilliant benefits on top of your childcare - including access to a free online GP, and exclusive discounts with tiney partners.

Peace of mind, with an Ofsted registered CMA

tiney is regulated by Ofsted, meaning we are licensed to train, support and quality assure our tiney childminders (you can read our recent glowing Ofsted report here!).

How tiney compares to other childcare options




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


Home-based environment from childminder’s own home

Wraparound care

Can provide school age wraparound care


Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) education approach


Convenient care including unsociable hours

Low ratios

Family-style relationships with low ratios


Unique local & cultural fit

tiney app

At home learning tips, education tracking & more

Start your childcare search today - for free

Families can enquire directly with any tiney childminder listed on our site. Searching and messaging childminders is completely free.

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What is a childminder agency?

tiney is regulated by Ofsted, meaning we are licensed to train, support and quality assure our tiney childminders (you can read our recent glowing Ofsted report here!). Our childminders are self-employed, but we work with them to set up and run amazing, sustainable, successful businesses.

As self-employed professionals, our childminders are in charge of their business decisions, such as agreeing contracts with families, but tiney are there to support and regulate their work, and can mediate when needed. This means both childminders and the families they work with have peace of mind.

We’re also proud to champion childminding and help our members develop and grow! tiney provide heaps of ongoing professional development, and ensure all our childminders are part of an incredibly supportive and fun community of fellow early years professionals.

Everyone is talking about tiney

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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 families love

tiney offers families more than any other childcare option. From easy to manage payments and regular learning updates, to brilliant at home education tips and an online GP.

Some of our tiney homes

Typical features of a tiney home

A home-from-home environment

Small ratios and strong, loving relationships

A highly personalised approach for each child

Regular book club and community events

Daily outdoor learning and home-cooked meals to keep children fit and healthy

Humour, fun, songs and stories

Child-led playful learning

A learning environment set up to give children choice and build their independence

Irresistible learning opportunities that develop a deep love of learning

Rich conversation and exploration, which builds children's confidence and creativity

Sensitive support for children's emotional development and a focus on building resilience

Increased flexibility such as term-time only options

Convinced? Find out even more in our family pack

Download a copy of our family pack today to read more about tiney and what you can expect when you choose a tiney childminder.

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.

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Business with a deep rooted social purpose

As part of our commitment to social impact we have pledged to play our part in meeting the 2030 Global Goals initiative around Quality Education set by World Leaders. We are also proud to be part of the Meaningful Business Network. Learn more.

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