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Frequently asked questions - Welcome to the website of Ikuwa Kindergarten, which is attached to Hijirigaoka Education & Welfare College.

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Daily schedule and how to arrive at the kindergarten and leave the kindergarten

Do you provide additional childcare services?

We operate the Smile Club, where children can enjoy themselves doing things they like in a calm, relaxing atmosphere, before and after kindergarten hours. The pre-kindergarten service starts from 8:00 a.m. and the after-kindergarten service is available until 6:00 p.m.

A monthly contract option is also available to those who meet the criteria for additional childcare services (7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.).

They carry out a range of activities of their choice, including playing house or playing with puzzles and blocks. They also look forward to eating snacks!

 

Do we need to prepare a packed lunch?

You are required to prepare a packed lunch on Tuesdays and Fridays. If you wish, you can utilize the lunch services provided at the kindergarten on Fridays.
We provide lunch (J Lunch) on Mondays and Thursdays. Unlike other days, when they all eat different food prepared by their adored mom, they enjoy eating the same food, and this helps develop their sensibility. We also throw a curry party once a month, when we serve a hot meal. This is the most popular day with the children!

Do the children spend all day playing?

They are allowed to play, but they also carry out a lot of group activities. No formal lessons such as teaching letters and numbers unilaterally are provided in class. Instead, valuable activities that can be only achieved as a group are offered according to the children’s developmental stage. Activities designed to expand and deepen the children’s current interests by playing games and singing songs are just a few examples. The further specific details of each activity can be found in the class newsletter (see the page on the daily schedule).

What hours are you open for childcare?

Children who live within walking distance arrive at our kindergarten between 9:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. They leave between 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. (between 11:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays). The bus routes are currently covered by five buses (Fanta Bus – light blue, Berry Bus – pink, Pikotan Bus – yellow-green, Daio Bus – yellow, and Character Bus – orange. Further details on each route operated this year can be found on the web page outlining the bus routes.

After the children arrive at kindergarten, they get ready for the morning activities and then enjoy free play in their class room or in the playground. Our vast playground is equipped with popular facilities that the children can use as they wish, including a sand pit and play equipment.

After 10:00 a.m., they start their class activities and spend the time until lunch in their class room.

At around 12:00 p.m., they eat lunch. After more free play, they get ready to leave around 1:00 p.m. They listen to stories read by their teachers and look back on the day together. They start going home around 1:30 p.m.

Annual schedule of kindergarten

What specific events are scheduled in the calendar from entry onwards?

We hold a lot of events. Everyone, including parents, looks forward to the events, particularly sports day and assembly. We do not consider the events to be occasions where we showcase the results of hours of practice. Instead, we consider them to be the continuation of our daily activities and something that enriches the lives of the children. We cherish not only the performances on the day, but also the processes that they go through. After-event play is equally important to help build the children’s confidence and development. We do not judge their achievement simply by the results, because we think it is more important to perceive each child’s feelings and appreciate their development on a daily basis.

 

Packed with fun events throughout the year!
April
  • Entrance ceremony

    First term opening ceremony

    Parents’ association meeting

May
  • Internal and eye examination

    Day trip (5-year-olds and 4-year-olds)

    Interaction at Yume no Sato

June
  • Anniversary of the establishment of our kindergarten

    Seasonal clothing change

    Opening of swimming pool

    Dental examination

    Mobile zoo

    Class visit

July
  • Tanabata festival

    Parent-teacher interview

    First term closing ceremony

    Sleepover party (5-year-olds)
August
  • Summer holiday

    Childcare during the summer holiday

    Recital by Yokohama National University

September
  • Second term opening ceremony

    Disaster drill including the collection of children by their parents

    Parents’ association meeting

    Sports day

October
  • Seasonal clothing change

    Viewing a play

    Distribution of entry application forms

    Sweet potato digging

    Day trip (3-year-olds)

    Sweet potato party

November
  • Acceptance of entry application forms

    Interview

    Kindergarten bazaar

December
  • Experience day

    Mochi pounding

    Parent-teacher interview

    Christmas party

    Second term closing ceremony

January
  • Third term opening ceremony
February

Setsubun festival

Assembly

Parents’ association meeting

March
  • Hinamatsuri festival

    Farewell party

    Graduation ceremony

    Third term closing ceremony

*See some of the highlights on the page describing the annual events.

*These images were taken in the last few years. The time and details of each event may vary from one year to the next.

About 3-year-childcare

We are considering using the 3-year-childcare services. Please tell us the differences from the 2-year-childcare services.

Children begin to understand the enjoyment of being with their peers from around the time they turn 3. In other words, they start to become independent and seek friends. In recent years, children have struggled to find friends of similar ages in their neighborhood due to the diminishing number of children. The number of play areas is also decreasing. The kindergarten helps provide an environment that is no longer available. 

We believe that children have successfully developed the basic ability to form relationships with others once they start seeking friends.

We would like to apply for the 3-year-childcare services, but my child still wets himself and is not good at dressing himself either. We are concerned that he might be behind the others upon entry.

First of all, 3-year-olds almost never think that they have to catch up with the others. It is natural for them to think that they are all different from each other. It is also natural for children born in the first three months of the year to tend to be behind.

Making them consistent so that they can all do the same things is not the sole purpose of the 3-year-childcare services.

If there is something they cannot do, we will help them acquire the necessary skills at their own pace. Even if they wet themselves or cannot dress themselves, they can definitely join and use the 3-year-childcare services.