Early childhood education

[Question] I would like to send my child to kindergarten. How do I apply?

[Answer]

Kindergartens are under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and are categorized as educational facilities. Kindergartens can be divided into public kindergartens administered by local governments, and private kindergartens administered by legally incorporated educational institutions, religious institutions, or private individuals.

Public kindergartens: Children between the ages of four and five years old (three years in some cases) are eligible for admission. The application period is usually in the autumn. Tuition depends on the municipality. It is sometimes possible to obtain a reduction in tuition, depending on parental income (municipality residents only).

Private kindergartens: Children between the ages of three and five years old are generally eligible for admission. Application procedures vary, depending on the kindergarten, so please be sure to consult the kindergarten. (Children who live in other municipalities are often accepted.)

Some kindergartens extend nursing hours to meet the needs of parents who have to work late. For more information, please make an inquiry to your kindergarten.