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Enrollment in kodomoen
Section in charge: Enrollment and Approval Section (for both municipal and private kodomoen), Nursery School Division
A kodomoen functions as both a kindergarten and licensed nursery school, offering childcare and education to preschool children with the objective of fostering their growth and development.
If you would like to use the kindergarten function of a kodomoen, please apply to the kodomoen directly.
If you would like to use the nursery school function of a kodomoen, please apply at the Nursery School Division service counter in the same manner as you would for a licensed nursery school.
School fees vary according to the age of your child, period of childcare, and amount of resident’s tax a child’s parents are paying. Both you and your child can receive language support if you have difficulty communicating in Japanese. Please call for more information.
■The Educational System in Japan
Basic education in Japan includes six years of elementary school, three years of junior high school, three years of high school, and four years of college.
Of these, elementary and junior high school education are compulsory. Although foreign residents are not obliged to go to school, parents may enroll or transfer their children into an elementary or junior high school in Shinjuku City.
As a rule, admission to high school and university (for those who choose to go) is by examination.
In Japan there are also nursery schools and kindergartens for preschoolers, and vocational schools and other schools with the goal of teaching special skills and trades, mainly for junior and senior high school graduates. There are also schools that provide special support to the disabled.
Schools are divided into three types: national, public (metropolitan/prefectural/municipal), and private.
All grades begin the academic year in April and end in March of the following year.
April 1, 2019