Playground vs Brightwheel

Our directors that switch from Brightwheel often find the app to be limiting on the back end. Enjoy incredible customization and customer service with Playground.

Playground
4.7

Brightwheel

4.7
Data as of 4/22/22

Why do people choose Playground over Brightwheel?

Brightwheel

Families appreciate Brightwheel more than some of the clunkier competitors on the market. However, directors tend to feel restricted by the administrative functionality of the system.

Playground

Playground combines a beautiful, simple family experience with a powerful, customized administrative back end. Centers that switch to Playground typically save money that they otherwise spend on additional systems to supplement where Brightwheel falls short.

Registration

1.

Playground autofills repetitive information like names, emails, addresses, birthdays, etc. for families. Brightwheel doesn’t have autofill.

2.

Creating online registration packets in Brightwheel is exceedingly difficult because families are unable to directly fill out the pdfs online. They have to download, fill out, and then reupload their paperwork. Playground lets your families fill out all your paperwork directly through the system without having to download anything.

3.

Playground lets you prioritize waitlists, customize views, and pull reports on your enrollments.

Registration

1.

Playground autofills repetitive information like names, emails, addresses, birthdays, etc. for families. Brightwheel doesn’t have autofill.

2.

Creating online registration packets in Brightwheel is exceedingly difficult because families are unable to directly fill out the pdfs online. They have to download, fill out, and then reupload their paperwork. Playground lets your families fill out all your paperwork directly through the system without having to download anything.

3.

Playground lets you prioritize waitlists, customize views, and pull reports on your enrollments.

Registration

1.

Playground autofills repetitive information like names, emails, addresses, birthdays, etc. for families. Brightwheel doesn’t have autofill.

2.

Creating online registration packets in Brightwheel is exceedingly difficult because families are unable to directly fill out the pdfs online. They have to download, fill out, and then reupload their paperwork. Playground lets your families fill out all your paperwork directly through the system without having to download anything.

3.

Playground lets you prioritize waitlists, customize views, and pull reports on your enrollments.

Attendance

1.

Playground's quick sign allows multiple kids to be checked in or out at the same time.

2.

Brightwheel limits the flows in which centers can collect wet signatures making it inconvenient to quickly sign in and out. Playground gives centers complete control over their attendance flows and makes it easy to collect wet signatures from families through digital attendance.

3.

Brightwheel’s attendance reports are rigid whereas Playground’s reports can be customized to satisfy your licensing agency.

Attendance

1.

Playground's quick sign allows multiple kids to be checked in or out at the same time.

2.

Brightwheel limits the flows in which centers can collect wet signatures making it inconvenient to quickly sign in and out. Playground gives centers complete control over their attendance flows and makes it easy to collect wet signatures from families through digital attendance.

3.

Brightwheel’s attendance reports are rigid whereas Playground’s reports can be customized to satisfy your licensing agency.

Attendance

1.

Playground's quick sign allows multiple kids to be checked in or out at the same time.

2.

Brightwheel limits the flows in which centers can collect wet signatures making it inconvenient to quickly sign in and out. Playground gives centers complete control over their attendance flows and makes it easy to collect wet signatures from families through digital attendance.

3.

Brightwheel’s attendance reports are rigid whereas Playground’s reports can be customized to satisfy your licensing agency.

Communication

1.

Playground groupchats can have custom participants and be renamed.

2.

Playground lets administrators delete other people’s messages and moderate content.

3.

Playground can send SMS texts, in-app notifications, and email announcements at once.

4.

Playground gives administrators the option to turn on post approval settings where teacher posts must be approved before being published.

5.

Playground lets you schedule times for posts to be shared with families automatically.

Communication

1.

Playground groupchats can have custom participants and be renamed.

2.

Playground lets administrators delete other people’s messages and moderate content.

3.

Playground can send SMS texts, in-app notifications, and email announcements at once.

Communication

1.

Playground groupchats can have custom participants and be renamed.

2.

Playground lets administrators delete other people’s messages and moderate content.

3.

Playground can send SMS texts, in-app notifications, and email announcements at once.

Payments

1.

Editing payment plans is significantly quicker in Playground.

2.

Bookkeepers prefer Playground financial reports because of how customized they can be. Brightwheel tends to require more workarounds which can make it longer to close your books.

3.

Accommodate every family with Playground's flexible billing options

Payments

1.

Editing payment plans is significantly quicker in Playground.

2.

Bookkeepers prefer Playground financial reports because of how customized they can be. Brightwheel tends to require more workarounds which can make it longer to close your books.

3.

Accommodate every family with Playground's flexible billing options

Payments

1.

Editing payment plans is significantly quicker in Playground.

2.

Bookkeepers prefer Playground financial reports because of how customized they can be. Brightwheel tends to require more workarounds which can make it longer to close your books.

3.

Accommodate every family with Playground's flexible billing options

Enterprise

1.

Playground offers custom roles and permissioning for enterprise-wide administrators, site admins, and other staff.

2.

Playground’s enterprise dashboard let’s multi-site administrators see all their centers in one screen.

3.

Playground has robust reports that aggregate across multiple sites at once.

Enterprise

1.

Playground offers custom roles and permissioning for enterprise-wide administrators, site admins, and other staff.

2.

Playground’s enterprise dashboard let’s multi-site administrators see all their centers in one screen.

3.

Playground has robust reports that aggregate across multiple sites at once.

Enterprise

1.

Playground offers custom roles and permissioning for enterprise-wide administrators, site admins, and other staff.

2.

Playground’s enterprise dashboard let’s multi-site administrators see all their centers in one screen.

3.

Playground has robust reports that aggregate across multiple sites at once.

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