Website on parenting for foreign residents
Kanagawa International Foundation made some short movies about "Parenting in Japan" as follows.
Expanded Free Preschool and Daycare
The free preschool and daycare expansion will begin in October 2019. Please contact the establishment directly or your city hall to find out the extent and conditions of the expansion, since they vary depending on the establishment.
In the case of kindergartens (yochien), daycares (hoikuen), certified centers for early childhood education and care (nintei kodomoen), and other establishmentsFree for children in classes for 3- to 5-year-olds. In the case of children from 0 to 2 years of age, free for households exempt from paying residence tax.
In the case of daycare services provided by a kindergartenYou must get a proof of required daycare services from your city or town of residence. Using kindergarden’s services and depending on the number of days of use, fees up to a maximum of \11,300 per month may be waived for daycare services.
In the case of unlicensed daycaresYou must get a proof of required daycare services from your city or town of residence. Fees up to \37,000 per month may be waived for children from 3 to 5 years of age. In the case of children from 0 to 2 years of age from households exempt from paying residence tax, fees up to \42,000 per month may be waived.
Support for children with disabilities of preschool ageFree for children from 3 to 5 years of age who receive developmental support for children with disabilities of preschool age.
Please check the website of the Vaccination Research Center.
Please let us know immediately if you suspect child abuse.