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Brief history

  • 2013 A good idea in 2013 sparked the successful bid for a grant award to the then Nominet Trust (now Social Tech Trust). The grant enabled the prototype to be built and a second award funded the development of an embryonic business model.
  • 2015 By 2015 the fledgling business was sufficiently promising that Mind Of My Own was registered as a company and began trading in earnest.
  • 2017 In 2017 the three directors reduced to two when Joe left to pursue his dreams, leaving Yvonne and Jill the joint owners and directors. That was the year we went international, working with the New Zealand government’s children’s department, Oranga Tamariki, setting the agenda for our global ambitions.
  • 2021 Like lots of other companies Mind Of My Own went fully over to home-based working during the Covid lockdowns. We focused on expansion into Australasia and, closer to home, invested in extending our digital participation into the UK education sector. The team kept on growing…

Our Quest

We aim to create delightful user-centred products that fit into children’s and young people’s lives, providing excellent customer service while always keeping the end user in mind.
We strive for a community of support where practitioners come together to share and learn in the quest to develop truly child centred communities.

Our Principles and Beliefs

Children are the citizens of today, they are more capable than adults may think.

Children are better supported and cared for when they’re listened to.

Young people should be able to participate fully in their lives and in all areas that affect them.

Early intervention is key to making human and cost savings further down the line.

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts whether that is collaborating internally or with external partners.

Digital technology helps us work smarter and empowers young minds.

Life at Mind Of My Own

Monday morning, 9 o’clock, time to join a breakout room on Teams to start the week with a random selection of the team, with a mix of work items and sharing news about our weekends. Throughout every working day there will be a number of conversations happening in our virtual office environment, Slack. Some channels are for chat and friendship (the office ‘water cooler’), others are focused on specific pieces of work and give us the space to share ideas and plans.
During the week there will be scheduled online meetings to plan and agree on aspects of doing the job, whether the job is customer support, business development, information security or finance, for example. Sometimes groups of us meet up in person and at least three times a year the whole team looks forward to being together in one place.
By Friday morning it is time for stand-up when everyone shares what has gone well and less well in the past week and what they need help with.
We love to celebrate each other’s successes, give support and encouragement where needed and to feel collectively that we are doing a great job!

Mind Of My Own has again been named as one of Escape the City’s Top 100 companies to work for in 2022 – proudly achieving a 10/10 score from our current team.

Mind Of My Own is an equal opportunity employer that is fully committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Our employment and wellbeing package offers a range of benefits and flexible working arrangements including a four-day working week.

What our employees are saying

“Working for Mind Of My Own is inspiring. Not only does the role allow you to play an active part in developing the company’s future, its size also enables you to demonstrate and develop a broad range of skills that a traditional larger company wouldn’t be able to. Mind Of My Own is an agile, energetic and positive place to work.” 

Natalie, employee

“I love the company culture as it is positive, motivating, transparent, open to new ideas, and all about listening and believing in each other as colleagues. Mind Of My Own gives me a perfect work life balance, with a great platform to grow.” 

Vinishree, employee

“I love working at Mind Of My Own as we’re making a difference. The team are supportive and even though we all work remotely, you don’t ever feel alone. Job Of My Own means that I can still spend precious early years’ time with my two-year-old and we can go swimming every Wednesday afternoon.” 

Melissa, employee