About Illumine

Illumine is a comprehensive childcare management software packed with all the functionalities of daycare & preschool owners. Directors and teachers can manage administrative reporting, program planning, manage billings, interactions with parents and more with the childcare app. 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. Recognized as #1 by daycare software by Software Advice, Capterra, and GetApp, Illumine offers you a user-friendly method for meeting your everyday administrative responsibilities. The platform brings monitoring your day-to-day activities to your fingertips. By giving you the freedom to go completely digital, Illumine helps you save ample time and energy. Used by more than 850 preschool and daycare centres worldwide, the childcare management app is designed to make the lives of directors, teachers, and parents easier and simplified. It also enables everyone involved in the child's development process to provide the kids with the best quality childcare and education. 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. "It has everything I could ask. 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. It's 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," - Ishita, parent of Kevin. Digital Attendance: Our attendance software makes the attendance process smooth by eliminating the need for pen and paper. Parents and staff can sign in and out by scanning a QR code or entering a kiosk code. Teachers and directors get real-time updates of student-staff ratios for each class. The attendance tracker also lets you record the temperature when anyone enters the childcare centre. Parents and staff can apply for leaves using the attendance software. Billing & Payments: Managing childcare billing can be a tedious task. As a daycare director, you need to keep track of subsidies, hourly billing, taxation and generate reports. Our childcare billing software makes it easy to collect payments and generate all billing reports. Schools can collect payments online, generate receipts and invoices by doing a one-time setup. Pickup, Drop, Medical & Food Requests : Parents can register food and medicine requests on the app. Once the teacher feeds the child or gives the medicine, or completes the meal requests, parents get real-time notifications from the app. Lesson Planning: Parents receive the teacher's daily/weekly lesson plans, which also enables them to create submissions against assignments. The platform also lets parents and teachers discuss the shared lesson plans. Document Repository: Parents get a document repository in the system to upload their child's vaccination, immunization, and other such records. Bus Tracking: Illumine bus tracking service utilizes GPS tracking to provide accurate, real-time monitoring as it weaves through traffic. Parents & School can: Track the bus movements in real-time Contact driver or helper from the app. CCTV Streaming: If the school allows, parents can access the live stream from the app and watch their child's activities in the classroom or activity room. Schools can control camera access and allow only checked
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Illumine Software - All your childcare management and parent communication needs at one place
Illumine Software - Record attendance on the fly and generate reports
Illumine Software - Send messages to parent and interact with them in real time
Illumine Software - Daycare daily reports with food, nap and meal updates
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Illumine pricing

Illumine offers a free trial.

Starting Price:
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Pricing Details:
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. View Pricing Plans
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Illumine Reviews

Feature rating

Value for Money
4.5
Functionality
4.5
Ease of Use
4.5
Customer Support
4.5
5 reviews of 82 View all reviews
Ishita R. Ishita R.
  • Industry: Computer & Network Security
  • Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
  • Review Source
Value for Money
5
Features
5
Ease of Use
5
Customer Support
5

5
Reviewed on 24/03/2020

I virtually see my son learn and grow

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. Selina L.
  • Industry: Education Management
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
  • Review Source
Value for Money
4
Features
4
Ease of Use
5
Customer Support
5

4
Reviewed on 03/08/2020

Using Illumine in pre-school on a daily basis

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.
Jason B. Jason B.
  • Industry: E-Learning
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
  • Review Source
Value for Money
5
Features
5
Ease of Use
5
Customer Support
4

5
Reviewed on 30/11/2021

Life saver for online learning platform business

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...

Bharath A. Bharath A.
  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source
Value for Money
3
Features
4
Ease of Use
2
Customer Support
3

3
Reviewed on 29/10/2020

Need improvement in the UI navigation

It was a pleasant experience

Pros

The facility to upload pictures and videos

Cons

When I want to see a particular day's dairy, all the dairy details will come up.

Diptesh R. Diptesh R.
  • Industry: Education Management
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source
Value for Money
4
Features
5
Ease of Use
4
Customer Support
5

5
Reviewed on 01/04/2021

Good School Management App

Good

Pros

Ease of use and compatibility of two-way communications

Cons

Invoice rectifications, payment gateway option

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