tiney supports home-based childcare providers run more effective businesses. Our core focus is to eliminate many of the headaches typically associated with running an independent childcare business, including payments, communication, EYFS training and support.
1. How It Works
At tiney we support a community of Parents and childcare Providers, matching Parents with carefully-selected Providers and, through our various Services, providing the tools and infrastructure to simplify contracting, billing, messaging and the other day-to-day aspects of engagement between Parents and Providers. However, the contract for childcare services is between you and the Parent – we are not part of that transaction, although we may facilitate it. The contract between you and the Parent will be made on a standard agreement to which we require all our users to adhere (we call this the Childcare Agreement).
2. Checks and opening your account
Checks and vetting
All Providers must be pre-approved by us and vetted to ensure their childcare offering is suitable. We may right to change our vetting and approval processes from time to time, and we may refuse any prospective Provider for any reason.
Without limiting those general principles, you must meet the following criteria:
- you must be either Ofsted-registered or registered with the Tiney Childminding Agency (which is itself registered with, and inspected by, Ofsted);
- you must provide evidence of your identity and qualifications (and may be subject to a criminal record check);
- you must comply with the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and Childcare Register;
- your childcare practice, and environment, must comply with applicable law and meet our quality standards (which we may communicate to you from time to time). At a minimum, your home must: have well-ventilated rooms with comfortable temperatures; have a clean, bright designated play area; have play equipment which is clean and safe to use; be a non-smoking home; and have smoke alarms installed and working.
Assuming that our vetting and approval requirements are met, we will require you to provide necessary personal and business information in order to create an account, including your name, contact details, and organisational details. We operate a 'passwordless' login system which uses SMS messages to verify your access to our app and site. You will be asked to provide your mobile phone number as part of the onboarding process. You may provide an email address and password if you would prefer.
3. Working with us and with parents
Matching parents and childcare providers
Once you have provided us with all necessary information, we may market your availability through our Services, and through other online and offline media to prospective families. In conducting that marketing, you agree that we may use your name, image and any other descriptive content you have provided to us. We do not guarantee that any volume of work will arise from our marketing efforts.
You will follow our family onboarding process, which gives you and the Parent the opportunity to meet each other. Throughout the process both you and the Parent will always have the right to change your mind and not proceed with the proposed engagement. As part of this process, we will solicit from the Parent and from you all necessary information which is required to be documented in the Childcare Agreement (such as the details of the Parents and children, details of care to be provided, fees and additional charges, and any special arrangements).
The Childcare Agreement
Once the onboarding process is complete, you and the Parent will be required to enter into the Childcare Agreement. You are not permitted to vary the Childcare Agreement in any way without our prior written approval. If there are any specific contractual arrangements which you and the Parent wish to agree in relation to your engagement, then we will try to accommodate them.
Rates and billing
You will be able to set your minimum desired rate with us from time to time. We will assist you in negotiating rates with prospective families, not to fall below that minimum rate. We will charge our own fees to the Parent in addition to your rates. For ease of billing, rates will be invoiced monthly on a fixed basis, based on the Parent’s needs indicated in the Childcare Agreement. If any balancing adjustment needs to be made to reflect fewer or more hours’ care provided in any particular month, then we will make that adjustment in a subsequent month’s invoice.
We will invoice Parents on your behalf for the childcare services you have provided in accordance with the Childcare Agreement and at the same time will invoice our fees. When a Parent pays, your fees will be remitted to you via Stripe, as will ours to us. Any additional fees incurred during any month (such as late pick-ups, meals, outings etc.) will be added to the following month’s invoice.
The Parent is responsible for payment to you, and we will not be liable for late or non-payment. In the event of any dispute, we will provide you and the Parent with reasonable assistance to help come to a satisfactory conclusion.
You are at all times responsible for accounting to the appropriate authorities for any taxes which may apply to your earnings under any Childcare Agreement.
We may revise our fees from time to time by no less than eight (8) weeks’ notice.
Your general obligations
In order to ensure a uniformly excellent user experience, we require all tiney home nurseries to comply with certain basic standards. In particular:
- You will perform your obligations under the Childcare Agreement in a professional manner, and will treat the families with whom you deal in a professional and courteous manner.
- You will comply with all requirements of Ofsted, the Early Years Foundation Stage and Childcare register, and any other laws, regulations or statutory guidance applicable to you.
- You will comply with the General Data Protection Regulation or any successor legislation related to data protection, and will ensure that you have provided the families with an appropriate privacy notice and secured all necessary consents in relation to personal data you may receive and process in providing your childcare services. We may assist you by providing a template privacy notice – if we do, then you are responsible for ensuring that it is accurate and suitable for your business.
- You will notify us of any contact you receive from Ofsted or any other regulator regarding any upcoming inspections, complaints or other issues relating to your childcare business.
- If we issue any other guidance or standards to our tiney home nurseries from time to time, you will comply with it or them.
We may ask you to participate in feedback from time to time as is reasonable as a condition of our offering you our Services. The form of feedback may vary, and might include surveys through our Site or App, in-person meetings or calls among other methods.
Using our Services
You must use all available functions of our Services in your dealings with Parents wherever possible. In particular:
- all messages between you and Parents relating to your childcare services should be sent using the secure messaging features of our App wherever possible;
- all bookings and rescheduling should be made using the relevant features of our App wherever possible; and
- all invoicing shall be conducted through us.
In your role as a tiney home nursery, we may share with you information which is confidential to tiney, such as information relating to our plans, technology, users, business, finances or personnel. Equally, you might share with us information which is confidential to you (such as information regarding Ofsted inspections or your own business plans). In each case, we’ll call this confidential information and you and we each agree that in relation to the other’s confidential information:
- it will be used only in connection with the exercise and performance of your and our respective rights and obligations under the Terms; and
- it will not be disclosed to any third party, except to insurers and legal and professional advisors under obligations of confidentiality. As an exception, we may disclose your confidential information to our freelancers, consultants and service providers under obligations of confidentiality to the extent necessary for us to conduct our business. Also, you or we may disclose confidential information as required by law.
In the unlikely event that a major concern relating to any aspect of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework’s requirements is flagged by tiney or is brought to our attention, we are required by law to follow the appropriate reporting procedure in relation to Ofsted and the Local Authority
4. Training with tiney
4.1 Your offer
If you are offered to train with tiney and open up your own home nursery, your offer is conditional upon:
- Satisfactory references and successful onboarding checks (e.g. DBS checks, Local Authority checks and a health check from your GP).
- Your home setting meeting our quality and safety standards during our home visit.
- Your agreement to use the tiney app.
- Your agreement that tiney will charge new customers we find for you a small ongoing service fee to cover the great benefits you’ll receive.
If our offer decision is brought into question for any reason and needs to be reconsidered, we reserve the right to withdraw the offer at any time.
4.2 Support and Benefits
We may offer support and benefits when you train with tiney. We can’t guarantee these and might withdraw them or change them from time to time. We don’t guarantee any specific results from the benefits (e.g. that training will lead to specific accreditations or marketing will lead to guaranteed business). We are also not responsible for the performance of third parties like insurers to whom we might introduce home nursery providers.
4.3 Childminder Agency
If you join tiney, legally, you will be registered as a childminder with our Childminder Agency. This means that tiney will be responsible for Quality Assurance visits to your setting and providing you with ongoing training and development. Tiney itself is registered with, and inspected by, Ofsted.
You will only become formally registered and begin working with families after you have completed all checks, all initial training and had a home visit from a member of the tiney team. We will then advise you whether you and your setting are suitable to be registered with tiney.
Your Employment Status
Please note, your relationship with tiney does not form a contract of employment. Your tiney home nursery will be your own independent business and you will have autonomy to manage that business.
5. Term and Termination
Termination by you
Our contract with you will be formed on your acceptance of our Terms. You may terminate that contract at any time by no less than six (6) weeks’ written notice to us. You must notify any relevant Parent of such termination at the same time.
Effect of termination
On termination of our contract with you, we will immediately cease to provide you with the Services. We will stop marketing your services as a Provider and will make any data hosted by us on your behalf (such as messaging data) available to you for transfer within thirty (30) days. After that thirty (30) day period, we will not be under any obligation to you to preserve any data or records relating to your services (but may do so to the extent necessary for our own lawful purposes or to comply with applicable law).
Termination of our contract with you will automatically give rise to termination of the Childcare Agreement at the same time, in accordance with its terms.
Last updated: 18th July 2019