Illumine

Childcare app for digital management & parent communication.

About Illumine

Ranked as #1, Illumine solves all your childcare management needs. Designed to keep educators' requirements around the world in mind, Illumine offers many features to streamline all your childcare operations.

Our customers are present all over the world across in over 450 preschools and daycare centres. It allows preschool owners to monitor all the activities happening at their school. It makes child assessment, attendances, and lesson planning simplified for teachers and gives peace of mind to parents.

With features like parent communication, billing and payments, lesson planning, digital attendance, virtual classrooms, and child assessments, Illumine is a one-stop shop for all your childcare management needs.

Payment & Billing:
This childcare billing software automates the entire billing process. Send payment reminders and invoices to parents, collect payments, and create reports with the app with just a few clicks. It also gives you an option to deduct payments automatically from the account. This childcare billing app also ensures that the payments are contactless and paperless by making the process completely digital.

Parent communication:
Having transparent and direct communication with parents plays a significant role in establishing trust and reliability. You can give parents a completely immersive experience in their child's learning journey with Illumine's parent-teacher communication solution. Send live updates regarding meal, nap, and diaper change times of a child with just a push of a few buttons. The platform lets you send unlimited photos, videos, and documents and also allows you to share lesson plans and assignments with parents uncomplicated.

Live CCTV streaming:
Parents can watch the live feed via the app and monitor their toddler's activities in the classroom if the school allows it. In addition, schools can limit who has access to the cameras, allowing only verified parents to see the footage.

Child Assessment :
With Illumine's advanced assessment tools, assessing a child's progress becomes super easy. It saves teachers numerous hours of work and effort they would have otherwise put in while manually making the calculations. The childcare assessment tool empowers both parents and teachers to closely monitor and know where the child stands with his weak and strong points. It also allows them to view their historical progress, and hence, helps them in supporting the kids in their learning journey. Illumine makes assessments for preschool straightforward.

Virtual classes:
With its advanced functionality and powerful UI, Illumine allows you to stay one step ahead in this time when remote learning is critical.

• With the stroke of a button, you can organize and conduct online classes.

• Plan and share lessons.

• Assignments submissions

Lesson planning:
This childcare platform lets teachers create and share lesson plans with parents for either a week altogether or any day. In addition, it allows parents to give their inputs through comments and collaborate with teachers. With the platform, parents also get notified regarding the upcoming submissions.

Daily daycare reports:
Teachers can record the children's meal intake, nap periods, and diaper changes, keeping parents informed about their children's day-to-day progress.

Pricing starting from:

N/A

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Key benefits of Illumine

Illumine childcare software supports multiple currencies, multiple time zones, customized reports, and multiple languages, which helps companies in managing all their centres from one platform
1. Streamline core administrative functions while raising the bar for the parent's experience with professional communication.
2. Get insights, reports and manage all your centres
3. Eliminate paper use.
4. Manage attendance and generate reports
4. Unlimited file, photo, and video sharing for an elevated parent communication experience.
5. Preschool assessment tools help preschool child care providers, teachers, and parents assess a child's development. It lets you understand a child's strengths and learn how to support a child's overall growth.
6.Paperless and automated childcare billing. Receive online payments, generate receipts, send reminders and more.
7. Available on all platforms like Mac, Windows, Android and IOS

Devices

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Markets

Andorra, United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan, Antigua & Barbuda, Anguilla, Albania, Armenia, Curaçao, Angola, Argentina, American Samoa, Austria, Australia, Aruba, Åland Islands, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Barbados, Bangladesh, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Bulgaria, Bahrain, Burundi, Benin, Bermuda, Brunei, Bolivia, Brazil, Bahamas, Bhutan, Botswana, Belarus, Belize, Canada, Congo - Kinshasa, Central African Republic, Congo - Brazzaville, Switzerland, Cook Islands, Chile, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cape Verde, Cyprus, Czechia, Germany, Djibouti, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Algeria, Ecuador, Estonia, Egypt, Eritrea, Spain, Ethiopia, Finland, Fiji, Falkland Islands, Micronesia, Faroe Islands, France, Gabon, United Kingdom, Grenada, Georgia, French Guiana, Guernsey, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greenland, Gambia, Guinea, Guadeloupe, Equatorial Guinea, Greece, Guatemala, Guam, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Hong Kong SAR China, Honduras, Croatia, Haiti, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Isle of Man, India, Iraq, Iran, Iceland, Italy, Jersey, Jamaica, Jordan, Japan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Cambodia, Kiribati, Comoros, St. Kitts & Nevis, South Korea, Kuwait, Cayman Islands, Kazakhstan, Laos, Lebanon, St. Lucia, Liechtenstein, Sri Lanka, Liberia, Lesotho, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Libya, Morocco, Monaco, Moldova, Montenegro, St. Martin, Madagascar, Marshall Islands, North Macedonia, Mali, Myanmar (Burma), Mongolia, Macao SAR China, Northern Mariana Islands, Martinique, Mauritania, Montserrat, Malta, Mauritius, Maldives, Malawi, Mexico, Malaysia, Mozambique, Namibia, New Caledonia, Niger, Norfolk Island, Nigeria, Nicaragua, Netherlands, Norway, Nepal, Nauru, New Zealand, Oman, Panama, Peru, French Polynesia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Pakistan, Poland, St. Pierre & Miquelon, Puerto Rico, Palestinian Territories, Portugal, Palau, Paraguay, Qatar, Réunion, Romania, Serbia, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Seychelles, Sudan, Sweden, Singapore, St. Helena, Slovenia, Svalbard & Jan Mayen, Slovakia, Sierra Leone, San Marino, Senegal, Somalia, Suriname, São Tomé & Príncipe, El Salvador, Syria, Eswatini, Turks & Caicos Islands, Chad, Togo, Thailand, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tunisia, Tonga, Turkey, Trinidad & Tobago, Tuvalu, Taiwan, Tanzania, Ukraine, Uganda, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vatican City, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Venezuela, British Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands, Vietnam, Vanuatu, Wallis & Futuna, Samoa, Yemen, Mayotte, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Supported Languages

Arabic, Bulgarian, English, French

Pricing starting from:

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  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Features

Total features of Illumine: 66

  • ACH Payment Processing
  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Admissions Management
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Assessment Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Calendar Management
  • Class Scheduling
  • Client Portal
  • Communications Management
  • Contact Database
  • Contact Management
  • Content Management
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Curriculum Management
  • Daily Reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Security
  • Document Storage
  • Electronic Payments
  • Employee Management
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Event Calendar
  • Faculty/Staff Management
  • Financial Management
  • Immunisation & Allergy Tracking
  • Invoice Management
  • Learning Management
  • Live Chat
  • Mailing List Management
  • Meal / Nutrition Management
  • Member Database
  • Milestone Tracking
  • Mobile Alerts
  • Multi-Location
  • Online Calendar
  • Online Payments
  • Parent Portal
  • Parent/Student Portal
  • Payment Processing
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-time Updates
  • Records Management
  • Registration Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • School District
  • Self Check-in/Check-out
  • Special Education
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Management
  • Student Portal
  • Summary Reports
  • Transportation Management
  • Video Support
  • Wait List Management

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Reviews

Overall rating

4,4 /5
(86)
Value for Money
4,2/5
Features
4,3/5
Ease of Use
4,3/5
Customer Support
4,4/5

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Ishita R.
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  • Industry: Computer & Network Security
  • Company size: 1 001-5 000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

I virtually see my son learn and grow

Reviewed on 2020/03/24

After whatsapp if there is any other app I use daily, its Illumine. Its like a necessity for me as...

After whatsapp if there is any other app I use daily, its Illumine. Its like a necessity for me as a parent of a 3 year old.

Pros

It has everything I could ask for. I am a working mom and I always felt anxious and guilty for not being there for my boy or not be involved or informed enough. Its like Illumine has crept into a parents mind and collected all the needs and built this app. I can see what activities my toddler son is doing, i get the notifications, I know when he ate, what he ate, when he slept at all times. I immediately get to know if he got hurt or had a quarrel. The UI is pretty good (Sorry for the PM in me speaking). I can drop notes to the teacher. I can very well communicate with the school admin and have all record of conversations. I see the reminders at all times. I see the lovely pictures of my boy with all his friends and it fills my heart with joy.

Cons

One tiny thing could be that if a school does not use a specific feature, may be that can be hidden so the parents don't see it. Although my son's school uses almost all features, they don't have the live streaming thing. So may be if that feature can be completely hidden.

Selina L.
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  • Industry: Education Management
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Using Illumine in pre-school on a daily basis

Reviewed on 2020/08/03

Other than upgrading our kindergarten's standards by embracing technology and going paperless,...

Other than upgrading our kindergarten's standards by embracing technology and going paperless, Illumine has effectively smoothed our internal management as well as improved our organisation's system. Parents are also satisfied, if not impressed with the app and how we make use of it. This app will definitely be a bonus and an additional reason for parents to send their kids to our pre-school and child care.

Pros

The features available are perfectly catered for the needs of pre-schools as well as parents. It is really user-friendly, be it for the admins, teachers or parents. Even the more elderly teachers that are not familiar with the latest technology can use the application with ease!

Cons

There were some minor glitches or crashes in the app, but after notifying the support team, the problems were solved promptly!

Alternatives Considered

Google Classroom

Reasons for Choosing Illumine

Kubikt was more focused on finance and operation management, and it was difficult to get a grasp of how to make full use of it as it was too complicated for our admins even after attending a full-day training. Although in terms of price, Kubikt was far less pricey than Illumine, it did not have the features that would potentially bettered our pre-school.

Reasons for Switching to Illumine

Initially we were just looking for a platform to conduct online learning during the covid-19 outbreak, and we stumbled upon Illumine and the platforms mentioned above. I was impressed with the excellent customer service that I received, hence I decided to start the trial. We explored the other features offered in the app and thought it would be nice to take this opportunity and stand out from the other pre-schools in my country.
Geraldine V.
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  • Industry: Education Management
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 6.0 /10

A review to be informed and developed better

Reviewed on 2021/12/15

Good. Because we are still using it until now. Review may help to increase and develop better. but...

Good. Because we are still using it until now. Review may help to increase and develop better. but overall, its a user friendly app i may say.

Pros

1.On Admin side, filing is made faster and easier. I can say that it helps ease the Admin records for the school.
2.Fees / Invoices is good. it is done fast once made its in the email of parents
3. Child's Profile - usually parent's log their child to school but most of the students we have are under supervisions or guarded by Grandparents and Uncles and Aunts. this doesnt have the content on the information profile.
4. when parent's upload files, these must go directly to the child's profile or file once teacher opened the file for easy tracking.
5. I didn't see any certification format like the invoice made.

Cons

1. on messaging, you cannot delete or rephrase the message. and you cannot even copy or paste the same line. its so limited.
2. the attendance dates, when you need to suddenly have to check out the child's attendance . there should be a late in or red mark so when you check the overall attendance you can summarize it fast.

Jason B.
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  • Industry: E-Learning
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Life saver for online learning platform business

Reviewed on 2021/11/30

We are solving the problems mentioned above, re: excessive overhead / time spent doing what should...

We are solving the problems mentioned above, re: excessive overhead / time spent doing what should be built-for already on the backend in running an online education platform.

Pros

1 year ago, before we implemented Illumine, I as the CEO and my former Head of Marketing had to handle tons of customer support tickets ourselves; and then, we had to hire 2 then a 3rd Support rep at $3000/month nearly in the Philippines. Just for something we knew was resulting from customers struggling to get into their Zoom class each day. Customers left because they were tired of the technical difficulties and annoyance of having to ask Support for things daily. Illumine was an all-in-one automated, streamlined, simplified answer to all that.

Cons

The fact that it does NOT replace the need for Google Sheets, Stripe, and my CRM completely. I think if it enabled us to fully market, sell, manage classrooms / customer relations, and handle billing all in-house, that could be very valuable. But you can't necessarily expect too much from any 1 SaaS tool either...

Juhi A.
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

A good software for childcares

Reviewed on 2020/03/23

A lot of paper is saved. Also a lot of followups on emails, SMS are saved by using this product. ...

A lot of paper is saved. Also a lot of followups on emails, SMS are saved by using this product. The experience has been great and their support team at times has gone out of their way to help. Overall the experience has been great.

Pros

I like their billing system as I used to lose a lot of paper invoices before. It used to taxation issues at the end of the year. All the receipts are now available in my mail as well as in the app. The live streaming/CCTV feature is great as it lets me see my kid once in a while when I am at work. Also, I can share medical and food notes in the app and I don't have to follow up with the teachers to see if they have completed it or not. Also since I do not use other social media that much I used to miss out event photos previously which I am now able to see in their app.

Cons

There is no option to mark a photo as favourite. Since the school shares many photos I hope they give an option to mark a photo or a video as a favourite.

Response from Illumine Labs

Thank you for your review. We got your review today and coincidentally we released the favorite feature too!! Once you receive the update you will be able to use this feature

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Illumine FAQs

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Illumine offers the following pricing plans:

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  • Pricing model: Subscription
  • Free Trial: Available

Illumine is free for new centers with up to 10 students and offers discounts for large centers with more than 80 students, after which the platform is available across 3 pricing tiers: Standard, Business, and Enterprise. Pricing starts at $0.50 / student / month and scales with each tier, outlined below: Standard: $0.50 / student / month. Designed for single centers. Features include apps for parents, teachers, and admin, unlimited staff accounts, and 20GB storage. Business: $0.99 / student / month. Designed for large centers. Includes all 'Standard' features + finance and billing, virtual classes, online payment, staff management, live streaming for up to 2 cameras, task management, bus tracking, and 100GB storage. Enterprise: $1.99 / student / month. Designed for multiple centers. Includes all 'Business' features + CRM system, live streaming for up to 16 cameras, curriculum and assessment, lesson planning, sharing and collaboration, and custom features and integrations.

Illumine has the following typical customers:

2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1 000, 1 001-5 000

Illumine supports the following languages:

Arabic, Bulgarian, English, French

Illumine supports the following devices:

Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

Illumine integrates with the following applications:

Google Forms, Microsoft Excel, QuickBooks Online Advanced, Salesforce Sales Cloud

Illumine offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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