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Smile Club

What is the Smile Club?

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The Smile Club is a facility where we provide additional childcare services.

The children have fun by doing things they enjoy in a calm, relaxing atmosphere. They carry out a range of indoor and outdoor activities. The indoor activities include playing house, coloring, and origami, or playing with puzzles, blocks and mini cars.

What kinds of snacks are served?

Typically, biscuits, cookies, rice crackers and mini jellies are served, but you will have to wait until the day to find out what is actually offered!

What should we do at the end of each day?

Parents are required to come and collect their children from our kindergarten. You may use this service at your convenience or in a way that suits your child/children.

Smile Club guidelines

Time charge

Location Smile Room in front of the hall on the second floor of Ikuwa Kindergarten
Hours of additional childcare 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays
12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays
*Hours of additional childcare in the morning: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Additional childcare fee 150 yen per 30 minutes (includes the snack fee)
Miscellaneous Children are required to bring their own packed lunch and drink bottle on Wednesdays, as we only provide half-day services on this day. 
We do not provide services at the Smile Club on Saturdays and Sundays.
We do, however, provide services during the summer, winter, and spring holidays.

Monthly contract

Hours of childcare 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (including the regular education hours of our kindergarten), from Monday to Friday
Fee You are required to pay an income-based amount calculated by Yokohama City. The upper limit is 9,000 yen per month.
Eligibility 1) Those who work either from home or at an office for more than 4 hours per day and more than 12 days per month.
(This includes those who have already secured an employer and are intending to start work within one month after a place is offered.)
2) Pre-natal and post-natal periods (for the 8 weeks prior to the due date and another 8 weeks after giving birth).
3) Those who have an illness or require care.