Kinderlime

Kinderlime

Daycare & afterschool center management

4.8/5 (87 reviews)

Kinderlime Overview

Kinderlime is a daycare and afterschool management platform that helps eliminate paperwork in daily, weekly and monthly operations. Features include sign in-out, billing, registration, parent communication and photo sharing. Users can track child and staff attendance, record parent signatures, as well as manage daily sheets and carpool pickups.

The sign in-out module enables organizations to replace their paper check-in and -out sheets using an iPad or Android tablet. Electronic sign-in sheets allow staff to print attendance records at anytime, for both staff and children. Attendance tracking features provide users with reports for total attended time to help automate the billing process. Staff can check in using the mobile timeclock and generate payroll reports from electronic timesheets. Users are able to do a batch student check in for afterschool programs, track meals, as well as capture parent signatures via mobile devices.

Kinderlime’s daily sheets allow users to record nap times, meals, diaper changes and daily notes to communicate to parents. Users can send photos of their child’s day to update them on activities, as well as create and send electronic newsletters. Text blasts to parents are a quick way to inform parents of any emergencies, including electronic incident reports with a photo for detailed information.

Billing features enable organizations to maintain account histories and keep track of balances, payments, tuition, and additional charges. Charges can be based on an hourly, weekly, or monthly basis, allowing users to tie various rates to students, as well as create and email invoices to parents with a click. Users can pull up a variety of reports for payments, invoices and balances, and track any outstanding balances for each family. Secure online payment features allow parents to pay via credit card or account bank account.

Pricing

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Markets

United States

Supported Languages

English

Kinderlime Reviews

Overall rating
4.8/5
93% positive reviews
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Excellent
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Donna durham D.

I compared for months and Kinderlime came out on top

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 2018/09/14
Review Source: Capterra

Fantastic software! It is absolutely THE BEST child care app on the market right now. The Kinderlime team is very responsive, they offer real 5 Star customer service.

Pros

As a director, I have worked with several different software platforms over the years. Recently our software company "retired" and I was so disappointed because we loved CCM! Lots of apps are out there and at first many seemed good, but once you start working with them the frustrations are slowly revealed. So I actually ran the demos for four different leading child care management apps with a few of my *real* clients for three weeks in summer 2018. It was a LOT of extra work but I wanted to make sure that I experienced fully living with each app before making a commitment. In the end there was NO contest. Kinderlime software does so much more than competitors. It is easy to use and more intelligently designed. It has enough muscle with billing, organization and reporting features that you can really use it to keep the business side of your school organized and keep connected to your clients. I had very little time to get up and running and the Kinderlime team honestly provided me with 24 hour tech support, even at 1:00am! The features such as parent email, parent texting, tagging, batch child actions, enhanced filtering and headache-free automated billing take so much work off my plate! Kinderlime runs smoothly with quick reports right inside the app. Myself and my coworker can both work on it at the same time. I could go on, but I'm generally a tough sell but any Director or Manager will be thrilled with this software!

Cons

I wish they had features to support management of staff data, communication between teachers and the front office, and teacher appreciation (Track hire date, reminder of teacher employment anniversaries, log of training dates with renewal reminders, and a list of personal favorites for teacher gift giving). --Whichever company runs with my idea is going to have an edge! I created a work-around in Kinderlime to enable me to text staff by creating a student named"Staff Members" and then assigning all of the staff as if they were the "Parents".

Rating breakdown

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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Trevor N.

This software has changed the entire dynamic of our business. Business has never been better!

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 2017/05/31
Review Source: Capterra

Overall this software has changed our entire dynamic of the business. Our enrollment has increased 25% and counting with less than 6 months of signing up. Parents are just amazed at what the software can do and are now telling their friends about our daycare. Our administration can easily manage client and employee information which allows more focus on the kids and less time running the business. This software has definitely been a game changer for our facility and we look forward to our continued partnership with Kinderlime.

Pros

The ease of use and the organization of this software has totally changed our business practices and model. We are running a more efficient daycare, focusing more on the kids and not the business side of things. Our teachers are now able to eliminate the task of filling out meal sheets and incident reports and having to keep up with paper trails. The Sign In/Out feature along with the Parent App has given our parents something to talk about to their friends and family. Parents love being able to electronically sign their children in and out of our facility. They also love having their invoices go directly to their mobile device for billing and payment history. Our local CCS and CPS offices are amazed at what this program has done for us and are now directing parents in need of childcare services to our facility. We've seen our business increase each month since we've implemented this software. The invoicing feature has eliminated hours of work with the simple click of a button. Employee Time Sheets are already calculated and ready for payroll. Child enrollment is a breeze for those parents who are on the go and are dropping in their children for the first time. Most of them have switched from Drop In Status to Full Time Enrollment. The newsletter feature is just fantastic for sending out quick notices or monthly notices about what's happening at our daycare. Parents who were less involved in our activities have now shown a great interest in participation.

Cons

Not every business is ran the same way and has its different needs. Having stated that, I feel that an improvement on the communication end of the software between parent and administration could use some improvement. The parents are able to send notices via the application but on the dashboard there is no way to communicate back with the parent or even between administration. There are no notices that alert administration that a parent has reached out to them on the dashboard. Also, there are no employee accruals(ie. sick, vacation) and uses included with the time clock feature. This would really keep everything in one place when it comes to employee management. There is also no place for teacher information and document uploading to have for our files. This would be a great way to go paperless without having to file. While these may seem like more of a preferred review it is something that I like least about this software because it does not have these things. Being able to just use this software would allow our facility to open up one window and manage our daycare would take care of all our needs.

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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Sara F.

There's no competition when it comes to Kinderlime!

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 2018/09/20
Review Source: Capterra

10/10 would recommend. The support and kindness we have received from all Kinderlime staff members has exceeded our expectations. We couldn't be more pleased!

Pros

We unfortunately had to search for a new software program after CCM had a merger and Smartcare was not adequate or a good fit for our program. After a few hours of research and submitting inquiries about various programs, we got a phone call from Akash at Kinderlime. After speaking with him about Kinderlime and what the program had to offer, I was sold! Not only was Kinderlime inclusive of everything we were looking for as far as billing, signing in/out and school-to-home communication, but they are located in California and have knowledge about licensing requirements (HUGE bonus points in my book!). Any time we have a question, we receive a prompt response and have had great help, and any time we share a suggestion, they pass it along to the developers! Our main points of contact have been Akash, Steve, Anna, Priya and Jerod- but I am confident that any team member would be a pleasure to collaborate with! I could go on and on about how wonderful Kinderlime and their staff is, but I'll just recommend that you sign up and see for yourself!

Cons

I'm not sure there's anything I can say I like "least" about the software. We have been constantly sending suggestions for updates or additional features that we would like to see and have received great feedback on the suggestions. We know that every school is different, but we hope that the suggestions we share could also benefit other schools. We are hoping that some of our suggestions will be developed soon! :)

Rating breakdown

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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
La tonya R.

Kinderlime has been a blessing for family child care program. I love it and so does my parents.

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2017/05/25
Review Source: Capterra

Easy to use software that helps me manage my business fast and efficiently. Kinderlime makes my small business look better than other home daycares in my area.

Pros

I love the capability to upload my newsletter and helpful resources to one system then press send. Everything goes to all my families. I am able to post pictures and families can share them immediately to their facebook page. I am able to do my tuition and accept payment with Kinderlime. These program has just about everything I need to communicate with my families and manage my small business. The best thing is the price!

Cons

The only con is that for billing it uses Stripe however I use Paypal. Paypal doesn't charge me a fee to invoice my parents but Stripe does. So instead of using Kinderlime Stripe process, I use Kinderlime to track payments and send invoices then I have parents make payments through Paypal.

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Value for Money
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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Julia D.

Prior to Dec-16 we were completely paper-based. With 150 students it was not manageable.

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2017/05/25
Review Source: Capterra

We went from completely paper-based to electronic in less than a week with a student body of 160. In prior years, the manual calculations and billing were not tracked electronically which lead to difficulty with so much, including providing annual childcare fees and payments for HSA reimbursements. Having this information at the parents' fingertips has saved so much time for our school. As a non-profit, our "employees" are not paid. Typically these wonderful volunteers are busy moms that provide this service.

Pros

Although we have a difficult fee structure, it is still far more accountable to download the data, add our fee structure and then import the charges. I love the online access for statements and invoices. This puts the power in the parent's hands to access the data they need when they need it.

Cons

1.) I really don't like the inability to upload non-electronic payments.
2.) The reporting needs a bit of fine-tuning to be able to pull data based on various ID types (family, student, KL).
3.) We'd like to be able to apply discounts for multi-child families with the billing feature.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10

Kinderlime Pricing

Starting from
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Pricing options
Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Value for money

Kinderlime offers a Free Plan, Standard Plan, and Enterprise Plan. Contact Kindlime for detailed pricing information.

Kinderlime Features

  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Communication Management
  • Content Management
  • Records Management
  • Registration Management
  • Reporting & Statistics

  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Assessment Management
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Calendar Management
  • Course Authoring
  • Customizable Branding
  • Data Import/Export
  • Learning Management
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Self Service Portal

Additional information for Kinderlime

Key features of Kinderlime

  • Account history
  • Attendance based billing
  • Attendance records & tracking
  • Authorized to pickup list
  • CACFP compliant
  • Check in / check out
  • Child care center
  • Communication tools
  • Create hourly, weekly or monthly charges
  • Daily reports
  • Electronic signatures
  • Electronic timesheets
  • Email notifications
  • Financial reporting
  • Food program records
  • Immunization records
  • Incident reports with photos
  • Lesson plan management
  • Licensing compliant
  • Menu planning
  • Online payments
  • Online registration
  • Parent / child records
  • Parent portal
  • Payment processing
  • Payment, invoice and balance management
  • Photo gallery
  • Real-time teacher / child ratio tracking
  • SMS / text message blasts
  • Text messaging

Benefits

Kinderlime's native mobile apps and director dashboard help organizations streamline daily, weekly, and monthly operations and facilitate administration tasks.

Parents can get instant updates about their children via daily sheets and photos online that update them on the day's activities.

Staff can manage a 'carpool pickup' list, assuring the school and parents that students are being picked up by an authorized caregiver.

Kinderlime's attendance tracking helps organizations maintain adequate teacher / child ratios with visual graphs in real time.

Parents can check their balances using Kinderlime's native app for parents, and make payments through credit card or bank account online.

Kinderlime FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Kinderlime.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Kinderlime offer?

Kinderlime offers the following pricing plans:

Pricing model: Free, Subscription

Free Trial: Available

Kinderlime offers a Free Plan, Standard Plan, and Enterprise Plan. Contact Kindlime for detailed pricing information.

Q. What are the main features of Kinderlime?

Kinderlime offers the following features:

  • Account history
  • Attendance based billing
  • Attendance records & tracking
  • Authorized to pickup list
  • CACFP compliant
  • Check in / check out
  • Child care center
  • Communication tools
  • Create hourly, weekly or monthly charges
  • Daily reports
  • Electronic signatures
  • Electronic timesheets
  • Email notifications
  • Financial reporting
  • Food program records
  • Immunization records
  • Incident reports with photos
  • Lesson plan management
  • Licensing compliant
  • Menu planning
  • Online payments
  • Online registration
  • Parent / child records
  • Parent portal
  • Payment processing
  • Payment, invoice and balance management
  • Photo gallery
  • Real-time teacher / child ratio tracking
  • SMS / text message blasts
  • Text messaging

Q. Who are the typical users of Kinderlime?

Kinderlime has the following typical customers:

Mid Size Business, Small Business

Q. What languages does Kinderlime support?

Kinderlime supports the following languages:

English

Q. What type of pricing plans does Kinderlime offer?

Kinderlime has the following pricing plans:

Free, Subscription

Q. Does Kinderlime support mobile devices?

Kinderlime supports the following devices:

Android, iPhone, iPad

Q. What other apps does Kinderlime integrate with?

Kinderlime integrates with the following applications:

QuickBooks

Q. What level of support does Kinderlime offer?

Kinderlime offers the following support options:

FAQs, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials