Nurseries around the world – Japan

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By Amy Jonespart-time teacher of English and French and mother of three

We travel to Japan to take a look inside Naruse Kindergarten situated on the outskirts of Tokyo


In Japan there are two main types of childcare provision. The ‘hoykuen’ takes young babies and provides nursery-style daycare for children of working parents, while the ‘yochien’ provides a more formal kindergarten education for a few hours each day for children aged three to six years old. There are also a few private nurseries, as well as many informal childminding arrangements between family and friends.

Naruse Yochien

Naruse Yochien is in Isehara, just outside Tokyo. It has over 200 Japanese children, and a few from other countries, such as China and Korea. A more international mix is common in central Tokyo, but at Naruse, the only language spoken is Japanese.

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