①Starting school! A time of mixed emotions for children...
Inquiries ： Gakko Renkei/Kodomo Tanto (School Cooperation and Children Support Subdivision), Naka Ward Office
Tel: 224-8139 Fax: 224-8159
It is the time of year when young children prepare to start school. This is a time of mixed emotions for children, who may be feeling both excited and nervous about the prospect of starting school. But rest assured: schools in Naka Ward are friendly places providing kids with plenty of after school clubs and activities.
Message from a Principal
Mr. Takashige Ishibashi, headteacher of Tateno Elementary School
At elementary school, you can learn many interesting things, from Japanese and math to music and gym, as well as take part in many other exciting events, such as sports days and excursions. Additionally, there are delicious school meals to look forward to. All the older students and teachers are looking forward to welcoming you to school. When you go to school in the morning, members of the local community will also be there to ensure your safety.
Message from a school nurse
Ms. Yukari Ogura, school nurse at Motomachi Elementary School
In order for children to enjoy each and every day to the fullest, it is also important for households to ensure that their children leave home in the morning with a smile on their face. To do so, please make sure you and your children are aware of the following three key rules for the morning: 1. Eat a proper breakfast; 2. Early to bed, early to rise; and 3. Make sure to go the toilet before heading out to school. The teachers at your child’s school will also lend their support in helping your child get the most out of school life.
Mr. Keisuke Oba, the nutrition teacher at Makado Elementary School
School meals at elementary schools in Yokohama are prepared fresh every day in the school kitchen. From the selection of ingredients to food preparation, we pay meticulous care to everything we do, with safety and peace of mind as our top priority.
After school kids clubs and after school children’s club are places where elementary school children can spend time after school.
①After school kids clubs
After school kids clubs, which are held on school grounds, provide a safe and comfortable place for children to go after school, serving as places for children to both play and spend time with other kids from their school.
<<Example of a typical day at an after school kids club>>
“I’m off to after school kids club today.”
“The older kids are so cool!”
“Make sure to stick to the rules!”
“I’m off before it gets dark. See you.”
“It’s snack time at last. After I’ve finished my snack, I’ll knuckle down and focus on my homework!”
“Thank you for your hard work again today.”
“See you tomorrow!”
Ms. Tsuneko Uchiyama, the person in charge of Tateno Elementary School After School Kids Club
What kind of place is an after school kids club?
→ An after school kids club is a place where children can enjoy experiences that they would otherwise not be able to have in school classes or at home, as well as interacting with children from different school years.
Message for guardians who are considering making use of an after school kids club
→ After school kids clubs are places where children can spend time in a familiar environment with peace of mind and without leaving the school premises. When they start school, first graders do not have any afternoon classes to begin with, so they can have time to themselves at their after school kids club before the older children arrive, allowing them to get used to their new environment at their own pace.
②After school children’s clubs (After School Care Program (Gakudo-hoiku))
After school children’s clubs are run with the understanding and cooperation of the local community to allow elementary school children whose guardians are not at home during the day due to work or other reasons to spend a safe and productive time after school.
<<Example of a typical day at an after school children’s club>>
“It’s nice to always be welcomed like this. It feels like home!”
“I’ll finish my homework as quickly as possible so I can go and play with everyone. It’s a lovely day to play in the park.”
“It’s also fun to make things together, you know.”
“I wonder what today’s snack will be ♪”
“My mom’s here to pick me up, so I’ve got to go home. See you again tomorrow!”
Mr. Satoshi Ozeki, an instructor at After School Care Program Honmoku Kamome Club
What kind of place is an after school children’s club?
→ Every day, when the children come here from school, we greet them by saying, “Welcome back!” In this way, it is a home a way from home for the children, part of their daily lives.
Message for guardians who are considering making use of an after school children’s club
→ In the case of children whose guardians we see on a daily basis, we can talk to them about how their children are getting on in a timely manner. Please feel free to consult with us if you have any concerns. Staff go to meet first graders at their school or train station or bus stop until they get used to coming by themselves. One great thing about after school children’s clubs is that children can make new friends from outside their school.
Children with disabilities (aged from elementary school first grade to senior high school third grade) can make use of this service after school classes have finished or on days off as a way to help improve their daily life skills and provide leisure time.
Inquiries: Kodomo Katei Shien Tanto (Children and Families Support Subdivision), Naka Ward Office
Tel: 224-8171 Fax: 224-8159
Yokohama Childcare Support System
This system helps bring together people who wish to leave their children in the care of someone and members of the community who have both registered as people offering to take care of children and met the criteria.
If you wish to leave your children in the care of someone or would like to take care of children, please take part in a membership orientation session to find out more about this system.
⇒ Please click here for more details（外部サイト）.
Inquiries: Yokohama Childcare Support System Naka Ward Branch Office
(Inside Naka Ward Local Child Rearing Support Center Nonbirinko) Tel/Fax: 663-0676
Child and Family Consultation Service
This is a consultation service for all matters relating to child-rearing, from age 0 to 18 years. Do you have any worries or uncertainties concerning your children that you would like to talk about with someone? If so, you do not need to suffer alone. Please feel free to get in touch and discuss your problems.
Naka Ward Office 5th floor, Monday to Friday (excluding national holidays and the New Year holiday season)
8:45 a.m. - noon, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Telephone consultations, face-to-face consultations (please book face-to-face consultations by phone)
②Submit Feedback on the Second Term Naka Ward Multicultural Coexistence Promotion Action Plan (Proposal)
Inquiries ： Kikaku Chosei-gakari (Planning and Adjustment Section), Naka Ward Office
Tel: 224-8127 Fax: 224-8214
Naka Ward is a thriving part of the port-town of Yokohama, and many foreign residents live here; in fact, they comprise over 10 percent of the ward’s population. In order to create a ward in which everyone can live a full and safe life regardless of their nationality or roots, in 2017 Naka Ward Office established the Naka Ward Multicultural Coexistence Promotion Action Plan and is working to promote policies for multicultural coexistence.
We have now put together a proposal for the Second Term Naka Ward Multicultural Coexistence Promotion Action Plan, which is intended to operate between 2021 and 2024, and are asking people to submit feedback on it and make suggestions.
Period during which you can submit feedback
From January 25 (Mon.) to February 25 (Thu.), 2021
Places where you can look through the Action Plan Proposal
You can look through the Action Plan Proposal in the following locations: Kusei Suishin-ka (Ward Administration Promotion Division) on the 6th floor (counter 63) of Naka Ward Office, the Civic Information Center on the 3rd floor of Yokohama City Hall, Naka International Lounge, community centers within each ward, Naka Library, and Yokohama City Central Library.
*A digest version is also available.
⇒ For more details, please visit the website here.
How to submit your feedback
Please write your name and contact details on the feedback form (use any format you like) and send it by email, fax or post, or bring it in person to the Kusei Suishin-ka (Ward Administration Promotion Division).
*You can fill out the form using any format you like. The information we receive will be used to provide an overview of the feedback we receive and the approaches we are taking to this, which will be published on the Naka Ward website. We will not reply to feedback individually.
Where to send your feedback
Kikaku Chosei-gakari (Planning and Adjustment Section), Kusei Suishin-ka (Ward Administration Promotion Division), Naka Ward Office
35 Nihon-odori, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0021
*We will not reply to feedback individually. The information we receive will be collated and published as a collection of feedback.
*All personal information submitted with your feedback, including your name, address, and e-mail address, shall be managed appropriately in accordance with the Yokohama City Provisions on the Protection of Personal Information, and shall only be used for contact/confirmation purposes in the event that we need to clarify the content of your feedback.