Kinderlime Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Kinderlime

Daycare & afterschool center management

4.63/5 (142 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.
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Kinderlime screenshot: Kinderlime is available via both a web-app and mobile app! Sign In-Out from KinderlimeKinderlime screenshot: Our pinpad allows parent to sign in-out digitally to keep the lines moving quicklyKinderlime screenshot: Record parent signatures on iPad to comply with licensing.Kinderlime screenshot: After School Programs will love our digital Early Release form, which automatically pops up if a student is picked up too early.Kinderlime screenshot: Bill families electronically through Kinderlime based on monthly or weekly tuition chargesKinderlime screenshot: Parents can pay their bill directly from the Kinderlime parent app!Kinderlime screenshot: Online billing and invoicing can be set up once and runs on it's own!Kinderlime screenshot:  Daily Activity Updates - Share photos in real-time, record nap times, injuries, meals and moreKinderlime screenshot: Our latest addition! Our Learning Activities allow you to track learning for your childrenKinderlime screenshot: Parents can see all daily activity directly from their phone!Kinderlime Billing and InvoicingDaily Sheets from KinderlimeAfter School Sign In-Out and Billing

Kinderlime reviews

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Faith Walton

Carpool function and Alphabetizing problem

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-11-20
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
In the two years of use of Kinderlime there have been alot of adjustments and learning of how to best use this product to meet our needs. The customer service is always very responsive even though we are in a totally different timezone. They have also sought to resolve issues as they come up as relate to our specific organization and help direct how to use things that we have trouble with.

Cons
I am reviewing two features as they are what I am currently working through in using the software. 1. We have been trying to implement the carpool feature to avoid individuals having multiple pins for different children they are picking up. The carpool feature is too difficult to monitor. When the caregiver is a parent, the next time that name is used as a carpool it must be added as a carpool to each sibling even if they are linked. Also, to use the carpool feature the individual must first be a parent or caregiver in the system on another child. If that status changes in any way (original parent or caregiver is deleted) the individual is also deleted from being a carpool entry in multiple other locations. There is no warning pop up indicating the individual being removed will also be removed from other locations. 2. The alphabetical sorting not traditional alpha order and does not match up to other lists causing confusion when making comparisons between other school softwares or reports that use normal alpha ordering. From what I have observed Kinderlime alpha order does not consider any commas or spaces thus greatly affecting sort order (for instance a traditional sort would consider the punctuation and spacing to show Su, John; Su, Joseph; Su, Lisa; Suki, Mary while kinderlime makes the order to be Su, John; Su, Joseph, Suki, Mary; Su, Lisa ignoring the commas and spaces looking only at the actual letters. In a longer list this is very frustrating & confusing.

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Likelihood to recommend: 5/10

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Chandra Cornell

Good Program

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-11-19
Review Source: Capterra

It's a bit expensive for a part time program like what I run, but overall I am very satisfied and hope it continues to be worth the money as they are always making updates to their program.

Pros
It's easy to use and navigate. The updates usually add another useful part to the program. I love the layout and the easy on the eyes colors. Just about everything can be customized or added to to fit our needs. The reports section has just about everything I need to run. And the check in and out process with signatures meet my license specialists needs.

Cons
The messaging system is really my biggest complaint. It is not easy to navigate or stay on top of easily. I like that everyone in the info circle gets the messages, but it’s difficult to answer a lot of parents when you have to leave incoming to check sent for each message, and check dates to make sure you are not seeing an older response. If the messages were more like a feed or email run so that you could see sent and responses together for each child. Second issue I have ran into several times, is not being able to do newsletters through the desk top version on my tablet. I work a lot on the go, and don’t have access to a laptop. So, this is something I am only able to do from a desk top or laptop system. The only other thing that ends up quite time consuming is running log in and out reports for each child. At this time for licensing needs I have to run each child’s log separately. I wish we could run more at a time. That would be a huge time saver. Also, if a mistake is made to a not and sent to multiple accounts, if there is a mistake you have to go in and fix each note under each child rather than a master fix.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Courtney Perron

Using Kinderlime with Our After-school Program for New Americans

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-11-19
Review Source: Capterra

Using Kinderlime in our after-school program has been beneficial in the following ways: - It's allowed us to ensure that our staff to participant ratios are always met - It's allowed us to better know each and every one of our kids. We see over 120 children each week. The program allows us to more easily remember faces and names, siblings and parents! - It's given us peace of mind knowing that student emergency information is right on hand if needed. - It's given us one single platform to manage participant attendance and volunteer attendance. - It's allowed us to use one platform to manage our particpantion in the CACFP program and complete our meal tracking in one, easy place. - It's given us the ability to quickly pull student and program data for grant writing purposes and for logistics. For example, in seconds we ewre abel to get a list of student names and addresses for our new van driver, making pick up a breeze.

Pros
What we like most about the program is that it allows us to connect more meaningfully with the parents of the New Americans children we serve in our programs, through the messaging features and newsletter features. It's provided our parents, who are often not invited to participate in their children's care or schooling, with an accessible way to stay engaged with their children and with our program.

Cons
So many of our parents and children are English Language Learners, and are new technology users. It would benefit our program greatly if there were more opportunity to directly engage with parents and participants through the app. Specifically, allowing us to direct and mass message and text them consistently! This is because our parents are more apt to use a texting feature over an emailing or app feature. We've found this to be the truth with our grandparents as well. Our program provdes full transportation to participants, we pick up and drop off kids at home. Having the ability to text parents a notification when their child is on the bus, or about to be picked up, would be fantastic for our logistics, parent engagement and participant safety.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Laurie Sallee

We needed HELP!

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-11-19
Review Source: Capterra

Our before- and after-school care service has realized a marked improvement in percentage of payments received due to the invoicing and statement features of Kinderlime. We are much better able to communicate about delinquent accounts and show parents and caregivers their records so that confusion or misunderstanding are eliminated and positive and cooperative customer relations are preserved.

Pros
Kinderlime allowed me and my staff to stay in real-time connection with our attendance, communications with parents and caregivers, and billing all in one platform! I am now able to keep records and communications at hand so that I provide efficient customer service to all stakeholders, including staff. I so appreciate that Kinderlime continuously improves the platform based on input from end users (like me) and always (ALWAYS) responds to requests for help or clarification before the day ends. (I am on the east coast so a time difference is expected.) Kinderlime tech support's prompt replies and interactions through the chat function have always been helpful and thoroughly clarifying. I recommend this service without hesitation or hidden concerns. You will be very satisfied!

Cons
The only challenge I have is that the theme and font colors are sometimes difficult to see. I have to angle my screen "just so" to see things well. The colors are very pleasant, though, so I wouldn't want them to change much.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Mo Rackers

Left Kinderlime but came back after 2 months!

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-11-19
Review Source: Capterra

It's got all the bells and whistles yet maintains a clean and uncomplicated design. We actually tried going with a competitor after issues with Stripe and dealing with Kinderlime's messaging system and came back after using the other one for 2 months. Kinderlime truly is so user friendly and if I ever have a question, I get a response within the hour. It's good to be home!

Pros
This software is so user friendly! The layout and design is easy to navigate through. The billing feature has been the greatest asset using this software.

Cons
Our biggest issues with Kinderlime have been over the messaging system. I don't like that it doesn't show the string of messages between the parents and staff. You can't see at a glance if a staff member replied to a parent's message and sometimes messages get missed and no one replies thinking someone else did. It makes us look unprofessional when we aren't sure if a message has been answered. Our other issue was with Stripe and almost $20,000 not being deposited into our account for 3 months until our accountant caught it. No one from Stripe or Kinderlime informed us that they were needing additional info for security, even though we had already been using the system for over a year. It was nearly impossible to speak to someone from Stripe with NO customer service. Another level of communication between the two would be helpful. Kinderlime was so helpful in getting the issue resolved.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Kinderlime pricing

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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

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Activity Dashboard (121 other apps)
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Automatic Notifications (89 other apps)
Calendar Management (72 other apps)
Course Authoring (85 other apps)
Customizable Branding (79 other apps)
Data Import/Export (72 other apps)
Learning Management (131 other apps)
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Self Service Portal (74 other apps)

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Additional information for Kinderlime

Key features of Kinderlime

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