tiney Secures £7.2m in Series A Funding to Transform Childcare

tiney, the tech-enabled childcare startup established by Teach First’s founder, Brett Wigdortz OBE, has successfully concluded a £7.2 million Series A investment round. Guided by the mission to address the severe need for affordable and high-quality early years education in England, tiney has quickly ascended to become England’s largest childminder agency within just four years of operation. The latest funding round, steered by Mustard Seed Partners and supported by PortfoLion, Sparkmind, and Rubio, will fuel tiney’s ambition to expand its reach, reinforce its standing as the top childminder recruiter nationally, and curtail the downturn in childminder numbers. tiney’s innovative approach recruits individuals from diverse professional backgrounds, empowering them to transition into early years education through comprehensive training and support systems. Their unique platform not only greatly diminishes the administrative load on childminders by automating invoicing, taxes, and regulatory compliance but also offers vital tools such as marketing, business advice, and lesson plans—all accessible via a purpose-built app. Addressing childminding as a historic low-status occupation fraught with professional isolation, tiney has cultivated a sense of community and peer support, thereby enhancing the vocational allure and stability of the role. Currently serving over 5,400 children, tiney’s growth aligns with its impact-driven foundation, with CEO Wigdortz emphasizing the pivotal role early education plays in shaping children’s futures. With total funding amounting to £19 million, and the support from investment partners cognizant of the societal and economic benefits of resolving the childcare conundrum, tiney is set to sustain its trajectory of sector-wide transformation.

EdTech, Childcare Services,England

tiney raises £7.2m ‘to fix the childcare crisis’