Tadpoles

Childcare

4.5 / 5 26 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Childcare facilities and Teachers


Average Ratings

26 Reviews
  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall
  • 4.5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4.5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $25.00/month
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Support
    Online
    24/7 (Live Rep)

Vendor Details

  • Tadpoles
  • www.frogsquared.com
  • Founded 2010
  • United States

About Childcare

Tadpoles is revolutionizing the childcare and preschool market by helping to streamline operations and parent communication through mobile technology. We work with childcare centers around the world to deliver mobile software solutions designed specifically to support student achievement and parental involvement. Tadpoles helps educators improve communications and engage parents in the learning process by sharing photos, videos, progress reports and other important information everyday.


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Childcare Features

  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Calendar Management
  • Check-in / Check-out
  • Child Care Center
  • Daily Reports
  • Employee Management
  • Food Program Records
  • Home-Based
  • Immunization Records
  • Lesson Plan Management
  • Mailing List Management
  • Menu Planning
  • Online Registration
  • Parent / Child Records
  • Parent Portal
  • Payment Processing
  • Photo Gallery
  • Text Messaging
  • Volunteer Management
  • Wait List Management
  • Attendance Management
  • Blank Student Monitors
  • Class Summary
  • Collaboration
  • Gradebook
  • Individualized Assessments
  • Lesson Plan Management
  • Screen Activity Recording
  • Test Building
  • View Student Monitors

Childcare Reviews Recently Reviewed!


As a professional child care provider, I found this software extremely convenient and time-saving.

Jul 12, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: What I like most about this software is the convenience of having all of my student information in one place, readily available at the literal touch of a fingertip. As a professional child care provider for over five years, I can't begin to tell you how much time, paper, and grief this software has saved. I love that each staff member and student's name has a photo listed right there with their name -- makes it so much easier on subs. And thing is, the whole program is so easy to navigate, most people would be able to learn the ins and outs within a few days use. One of my favorite features is the ability to share a photo or update with a parent in real time, and the fact that doing so only requires a few taps of the screen. While no product is ever going to be perfect, compared to similar software I've encountered, I'd go with Childcare by Tadpoles every time.

Cons: While overall, my experience has been generally positive with this software, like anything else there have been some hiccups. My biggest complaint is that occasionally the software freezes when you're in the middle of updating a report or trying to perform some other (what should be a) relatively quick task. For some reason I run into this most frequently while using the in-app camera, though this problem has improved with each update. Another more rare issue occurred when, maybe once a month, a report would not get through to a parent or parents. I will say that for the most part during those issues, customer service was pretty much on top of it and able to help resolve the problem nearly immediately.

Overall: This software provides me the greatest benefits in time-saving and general efficiency. Everything I need -- reports, student info, parent info, etc. -- is literally all in one place. I feel that because of this software and the efficiency boost it provides, not only is more time and energy focused on the students themselves, but that they're safer as a result. Constantly trying to shuffle around paperwork while teaching is no longer an issue! Plus, I didn't have to carry around a heavy binder anymore. Whew!

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Good beginner Childcare software

Dec 18, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Tadpole allows you to digitally input everything from your students day in the comfort of your own classroom. With something as small as a phone, you can download the app and input their whole day. Everything from diaper changes to feedings and parents absolutely love it. It completely changed how I organized my classroom. We never had any problems uploading anything, which was amazing.

Cons: There are better softwares out on the market right now that allow you to do more with their app. More features so we stopped using Tadpole for this reason. Its a great beginner software, but we out grew it. You can't do as many admin features as other software inn the market.

Overall: Tadpole is great to start usibg if you have never used a software in your classroom before. Definitely helps you stay more organized.

A great way to keep see your kids

Apr 16, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I love using this because it helps m feel connected in real time with my children and their school. If I am not getting photos, I am getting reminders about upcoming needs.

Cons: The only complaint I have about this software is that it is sometimes difficult to scroll through the screen old photos. It also does not archive photos. So if you want to keep them, you need to screenshot them

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Good to feel closer to my son

May 15, 2018
4/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: I like that we feel closer to the teachers, we see the work and the activities they do each day, we see the photos and we have topics to ask and talk with our son

Cons: Navigability is difficult, going from one day to another or from one month to another is complicated, downloading photos or videos is not always possible, having some kind of feedback to the teachers is not easy.

Overall: Thanks to this we can talk with our son about what he did and learned during the day, this gives us common topics to stimulate his development

Great Way to Keep Track of My Kids

Jul 29, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Tadpoles is an excellent program that provides ongoing photos throughout the day as well a summary report so I know how my children handled their days.

Cons: I have used similar programs that were tied into the center's finance program as well so you could view balances but Tadpoles does not offer this in my experience.

Communicate quickly with parents from a mobile device

Jul 12, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Easy to write a more detailed note to all parents and get it to them quickly, without the hassle of handwriting/typing notes that will most likely get lost before the parent ever sees it.

Cons: I can't link siblings with different last names (or at least if there is a way, it isn't intuitive or easy to find).

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Pretty darn good.

Apr 02, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Amount of content that can be stored for each student. I like the daily count and the historical info too.

Cons: Slow communication between tablets and server. Wish that new students populated faster than they do. We add new students, then there is a dupe once system catches up.

Overall: smoother daily operations

Excellent interface

Sep 06, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Easy to use, clear interface, ability to easily save pictures and video.

Cons: A bit laggy when opening the app. Would like to be able to send notes after my kidis checked in for the day, in case I think of something to tell the teacher after I get to work. Would be nice to have a monthly calendar function also, to see future events and menus for the whole month.

Overall: Great detailed overview of kid's dat. Great communication tool.

I LOVE this software. I can now keep track of what my child is doing at all times.

Jan 17, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I love this software because it gives me a live look at what my child is doing at all times. I love te pictures they send you as updates. Make my day every time.

Overall: Monitoring my child's life. This is such a lifesaver and it should cost triple what it does.

Supports + Creates a high level of family connection

Feb 14, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The ease of use for both families and the childcare providers. It is a great tool in allowing teachers to quickly capture, update and share the most important information about a child's day with families.

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Love tadpoles

Jun 21, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I love tadpoles for allowing me to be in touch with my child's daily routine during the day. My favorite part is receiving pictures of her throughout her day.

Cons: I totally love tadpoles but wish I could leave real time messages to her teachers. It'd be super useful to ask them to not let her nap for example, when I forgot to mention it at drop off

Tadpoles has room for improvement

Aug 13, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: I love that I am able to get photos/videos of my child throughout the day and that I am able to inform the center if my child will be absent, late, etc.

Cons: I have used similar apps that allowed me to message with the center staff in real time, however, this app does not offer that. I'm unsure if that is center-specific or not.

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Is what they use in my son's daycare

May 29, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: I like that it has several interesting features such as sharing photos, videos, and comments with the teachers

Cons: I find it confusing to navigate between the different dates, to read the reports or see the old photos

Overall: When I receive direct notifications to the mail, I find out quickly what is going on with my kid

Easy to use, but a little buggy

Jul 10, 2018
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: I love getting updates about my daughter while she's at school, and seeing what she's done throughout the day.

Cons: Sometimes the pictures take a long time to load and I can't cycle through them. I end up switching to the email I received half the time to get to them faster.

Excellent tool for children updates

Aug 12, 2018
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: Live time updates; able to put in the child¿s information before you drop them off. Saves time during drop off as the teachers would see all the notes in Tadpoles

Cons: Does not store daily reports from years ago

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User Friendly Software

Jan 10, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Easy to use and compatible with Teaching Strategies, this is a huge feature for Head Start schools.

Cons: Would love to be able to attach an objective to the photo that are sent to parents. There should also be a mobile app for it!

Its okay

Oct 11, 2017
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Used this at a previous center as a parent. I prefer life cubby over this but it isn't a bad app anyways

Cons: prefer life cubby but its still a good program to use. I used this at an old preschool my daughter used to attend

Tadpoles Review

Sep 06, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: I love how we can add pictures and send daily reports.

Cons: I really like it, I don't really have a negative.

Being able to see updates on my child's day is great

Mar 12, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Seeing pictures posted and daily reports on what happens at school is awesome. I am an end user and do not know how inputting data is, but viewing it is made easy with the mobile apps.

Cons: The only real downside that I can see on the user end is the Android app tends to crash or restart when opening it.

Overall: Viewing updates on my child's progress at preschool is a breeze with the Tadpoles app.

I like how simple the app is.

Jan 11, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like the dashboard and how easy it is to see what is happening in our building. I also like how we can incorporate pictures. Provides a really good experience for parents.

Cons: I wish there were a few more features with notes and historic information, such as notes, pictures and such from an administrator perspective.

Overall: Parents really like it.

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A way to be closer to my son throughout the day

Jun 22, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I feel connected in real time with my child's teachers and babysitters during the day. I can see photos and share activities. A great tool

Cons: I really have no complaints about this software. Maybe it works a little slow sometimes. With the updates they will improve and add functions

Overall: allows me to monitor my son's day to day

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Keeps me close to my son and his teachers!

May 29, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Allows me to stay informed in real time of my child's school day. Easy to use and is not so expensive

Cons: I really have no major complaints about this software. Although it is simple it works very well in my phone.

Overall: It gives me organization and contact with the school life of my son

Great solutions at my daughter's daycare

Jan 28, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: As a parent, I really enjoy the ease of use of the Tadpole software. I'm not a user, but receive notifications, emails, and media from the software and let me tell you, it is impressive. Mobile options, easy to understand UI when loaded on web, etc. The output from the software is also very organized and professional looking, thumbs up!

Great Tool for Daycare

Feb 10, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Fantastic add on for our current childcare management system. Gives us real time staffing and enrollment with live reporting in 15 minute increments. Very intuitive! Great feedback from teachers, administrative staff and parents.

Tadpoles Review

Feb 09, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Tadpoles provides our parents with a window into their child¿s world at school. I couldn't imagine running our Child Care without Tadpoles. Also, the Tadpoles team is always there, ready to help with any problems and listen to any suggestions.

Love this product!

May 15, 2014
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: someone always answers the phone if we have a questions and the system is always adding new features!