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Difference between Daycare and Kindergarten

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Daycare (hoikuen/保育園): Daycare is aimed at parents who work or are unable to care for their children at home for some reason.
  • Requirements: Parents or guardians must be working or away from home between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm.
  • Age: Mostly from 2 months to 5 years.
  • Procedures (registration): You must register at the nearest city hall and present the documents requested.
  • Transport: There is no bus, parents must take and pick up the child.
  • Lunch: Served by the Creche.
Kindergarten (youchien/幼稚園): It has no restrictions.
  • Requirements: No restrictions.
  • Age: From 3 to 5 years old.
  • Public Registration: Must be done at the municipal education department (kyooiku inkai), generally in October. Monthly fees vary depending on the city.
  • Private Registration: Go directly to the Kindergarten where you want, as private schools have their own registration dates and charge higher monthly fees.
  • Transport: There are buses that take you and pick you up (although a transport fee may be charged).
  • Lunch: A bento is usually prepared by the parents.

Benefits of daycare for babies and children

  • Physical development
  • Knowledge of the environment
  • Development of intellectual abilities
  • Develops socialization
  • Develop communication
  • Greater cognitive and academic development
  • Promotes emotional development
  • Prepare the child for school
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