Hoiku-sho (Japanese daycare centers) are designated places for the education of children aged 0 to 5 years before entering the “shogakko” (primary school) for parents and guardians who, for health, work, illness and other reasons , cannot educate or care for their children at home.
Registration for the use of daycare centers or other places, for admission on April 1, 2021, will take place between September and October 2020 in many municipalities.
* From October 1, 2019, the fee for the use of kindergartens (youchien – 幼稚園) and daycare centers (hoikusho – 保育 所) for children aged 3 to 5 years is free.
However, there is a limit on the price that can be free. There are amounts that have to be paid in cash. Only for low-income families whose residential tax (jumin-zei) is ¥ 0, the usage fee for children aged 0-2 will be free.
See the flyer in easy Japanese by clicking here.
* Registration for admission to daycare centers and requesting that the fee be free of charge are different according to the municipality. Confirm more details directly with the daycare center you want to use or with the responsible department in your municipality.
Information about daycare centers, kindergartens, etc., in Mie Prefecture below (in Japanese only).
Reference] Guide for the Use of Child Care Centers and Educational Institutions for Foreign Parents and Guardians (Gaikokujin Hogosha muke Hoikusho / Hoiku Jigyo no Goriyou Support Book– 外国人保護者向け保育所・保育事業のご利用サポートブック)
Produced by the Multicultural Center (Kokusai Koryu Center) of Gifu Prefecture
Ministry of Justice Foreigners Support Site (Houmusho)