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Daycare services for children of preschool age (nursery facilities and kindergartens)(乳幼児を預ける(保育所・幼稚園))

In Japan, various daycare services are available for children of preschool age. These include licensed nursery facilities and unlicensed nursery facilities that take care of children on behalf of their guardians, kindergartens that serve as schools for providing preschool children with a program of education, and certified combined nursery and kindergarten facilities that combine both of these functions.

Last updated date:2022/3/1

Licensed nursery facilities/certified combined nursery and kindergarten facilities (daycare use)

These facilities take care of children who require childcare because their guardians are working, are sick, etc.

Eligibility

Children aged from 0 to 5 years

Capacity

20 children or more

Where to apply

Children and Families Support Division of the ward in which you live

How to apply

Those who wish to use one of these facilities from April should apply during the application period, which begins from the middle of October in the previous fiscal year.
Those who wish to start using one of these facilities from a month other than April should apply by the application deadline in the previous month.

Usage fee

The usage fee is calculated based on the amount of municipal residents' tax paid. Please note that separate charges may apply at certified combined nursery and kindergarten facilities, such as an entrance fee.

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Small-scale childcare facilities

These facilities take care of children who require childcare because their guardians are working, are sick, etc.
They provide meticulous childcare in a small environment.

Eligibility

Children aged from 0 to 2 years

Capacity

6 - 19 children

Where to apply

Children and Families Support Division of the ward in which you live

How to apply

Those who wish to use one of these facilities from April should apply during the application period, which begins from the middle of October in the previous fiscal year.
Those who wish to start using one of these facilities from a month other than April should apply by the application deadline in the previous month.

Usage fee

The usage fee is calculated based on the amount of municipal residents' tax paid.

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Small-scale childcare services

These facilities take care of children who require childcare because their guardians are working, are sick, etc.
They provide childcare in a homely environment.

Eligibility

Children aged from 0 to 2 years

Capacity

3 - 5 children

Where to apply

Children and Families Support Division of the ward in which you live

How to apply

Those who wish to use one of these facilities from April should apply during the application period, which begins from the middle of October in the previous fiscal year.
Those who wish to start using one of these facilities from a month other than April should apply by the application deadline in the previous month.

Usage fee

The usage fee is calculated based on the amount of municipal residents' tax paid.

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Yokohama nursery rooms

Among unlicensed nursery facilities, these facilities meet a series of criteria set independently by the City of Yokohama in terms of childcare fees, childcare environment, childcare hours, etc.
These facilities take care of children who require childcare because their guardians are working, are sick, etc.

Eligibility

Children aged from 0 to 2 years
* There are also some facilities which accept children aged 3 years and above, and which provide childcare services such as childcare for children with disabilities, extended hours childcare, childcare on holidays, temporary childcare services, etc.

Capacity

Depends on the facility

Where and how to apply

Apply directly to the facility in question.
* As subsidies for facility operating costs are available from the City, when applying you need to undergo an assessment for benefits at the Children and Families Support Division of the ward where you live.

Usage fee

Set independently by each facility, with an upper cap of 58,100 yen for children aged 2 years and under.

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Unlicensed nursery facilities

This is the general name for nursery facilities which have not been licensed by the municipal government.(*) (This bears no relation to whether or not assistance is made available from public funds.)
* Unlicensed in this case means that the facility has not met the stipulated criteria in terms of staff, equipment, etc. to be classed as a licensed nursery facility in Japan. For example, licensed nursery facilities are required to have a yard, so facilities which lack a yard cannot gain accreditation as a licensed nursery facility, even if they meet the criteria in all other respects.

Eligibility

Depends on the facility

Capacity

Depends on the facility

Where and how to apply

Apply directly to the facility in question.
* As subsidies for facility operating costs are available from the City, when applying you need to undergo an assessment for benefits at the Children and Families Support Division of the ward where you live.

Usage fee

Each facility has its own procedures.

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Kindergartens/certified combined nursery and kindergarten facilities (educational use)

These facilities provide educational programs to preschoolers aged 3 years(*) and above. For more information, please contact the facility concerned.
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  https://www.city.yokohama.lg.jp/kurashi/kosodate-kyoiku/hoiku-yoji/yochien/yochi-list/ (Japanese only)
* Available from the day before the child's third birthday.

Notes

* The ages at which children are accepted depends on the facility.
* In addition to the usage fee, there may be other fees charged at cost, such as uniform costs, charges for excursions, etc.
In addition, a new policy has been underway since October 1, 2019 to make infant education and childcare free of charge. As such, there will be no usage fee for children in classes for 3 - 5 year olds at kindergartens, daycare facilities, etc. and children in classes for 0 - 2 year olds from households that are exempt from paying municipal residents' tax. For more details, please see the free infant education and childcare page. (Japanese only)

Explanation of terms

__ year old child

Children who are __ years old as of April 1 of the fiscal year in question
Examples:
A child born on April 1, 2019 would be classed as a 3 year old child during the 2022 fiscal year.
A child born on April 2, 2019 would be classed as a 2 year old child during the 2022 fiscal year.

Assessment for benefits

This is the procedure by which a decision is made on the need for childcare and the amount in order to provide childcare and educational services.

Where to inquire
Content Contact details
About licensed nursery facilities, small-scale childcare facilities, small-scale childcare services, certified combined nursery and kindergarten facilities (daycare use), Yokohama nursery rooms, and unlicensed nursery facilities Childcare and Education Authorization Division(*Inquiries in Japanese only)
Tel: 045-671-0253
Fax: 045-550-3942
Email: kd-hknintei@city.yokohama.jp
About kindergartens/certified combined nursery and kindergarten facilities (educational use) Childcare and Education Authorization Division(*Inquiries in Japanese only)
Tel: 045-671-0253
Fax: 045-550-3942
Email: kd-hknintei@city.yokohama.jp

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