Koru Kids

Outstanding childcare for modern families

Social Impact

Company mission

Koru Kids mission is making it easier and more affordable for families to access high quality childcare.



HQ Location

Clerkenwell, London, UK


55% female employees

14% employee growth in 12 months

Otta's take on Koru Kids

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Xav Kearney

CTO of Otta

The childcare sector in the UK is under pressure, with prices rising and nurseries closing down. The way of finding nannies hasn't seen innovation in decades, and there hasn't been an introduction of technology to drive great experiences.

Koru Kids has focused on after-school childcare, allowing them to hone their product and solve one of the most neglected areas. This is specifically important in major cities like London, where parents are often working longer hours.

The business takes out all the hassle of finding a nanny. The solution isn't simply technology: Koru Kids also interviews, trains and references its nannies, and takes care of contracts, holiday pay and taxes. This operational complexity builds a competitive advantage.

When aiming to create the best childcare service in the world, quality will always remain important. Koru Kids has made sure to grow carefully. The company boasts a strict process and low acceptance rates, to ensure standards remain high.

Total funding - $17.9m

Last 2 fundraises

May 2018



Aug 2019



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Company benefits

  • 50% off Koru Kids childcare. up to a value of £7,000 per year as a taxable benefit
  • 25 days holiday (plus bank holidays)
  • Work from home opportunities. We're a remote-first company and welcome applications from anywhere in the UK
  • Potential for share option equity
  • Macbook and home office allowance
  • Video therapy sessions through Spill, to support positive mental health

Company values

  • Put families first
  • Use time wisely
  • Understand, don't overthink
  • Be humble. Be human
  • Open up


Previously CEO of DrThom, a healthcare company which I grew to 1.3 million paying users in 3 countries. Before that they spent six years at McKinsey. Have a DPhil from Oxford, where they were a Rhodes Scholar.

People progressing

Started as an Ops Generalist, moved into matching and customer support, grew into the matching lead, transitioned into a junior product management role and now a product manager!

Started as an Ops Generalist in recruitment and matching, became a senior associate, promoted into a growth executive to launch a new product, promoted to an operations manager to launch another

Diversity & Inclusion at Koru Kids

  • We will treat others with humility, respect and dignity at all times.
  • We treat all people we interact with fairly and ethically, from our nannies to our families to our suppliers, partners and anyone else we come into contact with.
  • We seek to identify and select a diverse set of employees and provide a fair and inclusive working environment with equal opportunities for all employees, regardless of background.
  • All employees, no matter whether they are part-time, full-time, or temporary, will be treated fairly and with respect.
  • We will work to create an environment in which individual differences and the contributions of all team members are recognised and valued
  • We will strive to create an inclusive product with algorithms that don't exclude or reinforce biases and unfairness we see in the world
  • When Koru Kids selects candidates for employment, promotion, training, or any other benefit, it will be on the basis of their aptitude and ability

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