There are many types of daycare in Japan. There is nursery (hoikuen), which is generally for families with working parents. Then from age 3-5 there is kindergarten (yochien). This often finishes at 2pm, but these days there are more suitable options for working parents. Then there are company daycares, unlicensed daycares, kodomoen (a mix of yochien and hoikuen) and more. All with their own application systems. We can help you navigate this complex system of paperwork and deadlines in order to help your child get into the best school possible.
We can offer one-time services, such as calling one school for your and asking questions, or arranging your visit. Or we offer a comprehensive package involving researching your local options for you, arranging your school visits, accompanying you to the visit and filling out your application documents.
There are several options that you can choose from. (includes 10% tax)
This service is available in Tokyo and surrounding prefectures only.
Research only – 15,000 yen
We will provide a list of facilities in your area that meet your needs, along with important information about each school.
Research and application forms – 25,000 yen
We will do the above plus help you fill out all paperwork such as application forms and daycare entry paperwork. We will ensure you submit all the correct documents.
Interpretation – 8800 yen per school/day
We will accompany you to the school/daycare to view the facility, ask any questions you may have and interpret for you. This is useful for school viewings and open days, trial days and information sessions and entrance test days. We can set up the meetings by phone if necessary.
Full schooling support package – 44,000 yen
Includes research, application forms, interpretation (3 times*), explanation of all school materials and rules and ongoing email/phone support. We recommend this package especially for yochien, as even after acceptance there will be a further information day around February where you will receive an abundance of paperwork and rules so you will want someone there to go over them with you, help you sign up for the bus, extended care, care for the first two weeks of April before youchien starts, etc.
*Extra interpretation services cost a further 5,500 yen per hour.
Here’s what our clients say:
Omakase Helper was able to organize all of the details and ease the burden as they made sure all forms were completed, deadlines were met, and that all of my needs regarding housing and schooling were met. They were able to start the process before I arrived in Japan as well, which not only put my mind at ease, but allowed us to get the process moving from the first day out of quarantine.
They translated for me at my daughter’s parent-teacher conference. It’s great to have an affordable and responsive service like this. I feel like I can navigate living in Japan with much less worry thanks to them, and I’ll definitely be using their services again in the future.
This service is great for foreigners living in Japan!