How to apply for Kindergarten (幼稚園入学方法)

Writte on: 06/09/2020 Last Updated on: 06/09/2020

Category: Preschool

How to apply for Kindergarten (幼稚園入学方法)

In this content, we will explain the procedure to enroll mainly in private kindergarten (private).
I think the kindergarten system in Japan is different from other countries. Important events such as pre-admission applications and tours start around June of the previous year.
If you don't understand this, you may find it too late.
Find out what process you need with this content!

1. Start of kindergarten tours, briefing sessions and distribution of application forms
2. Start distribution of application forms
3. Submission of application
4. Document selection and interview
5. Acceptance announcement
6. Admission decision
7. Pre-care
8. Public kindergarten


1. Start of kindergarten tours, briefing sessions and distribution of application forms

Kindergarten tours and briefing sessions are held from June to September. This happens at the same time every year, so it's a good idea to be careful when it comes to this time.
Also, depending on the kindergarten, tours are held on certain days, and there are places where you can visit anytime during this period, so if there is a kindergarten you like, please check the website there.


 Kindergarten briefing

At the briefing session, we will explain the kindergarten education method, entrance fees, childcare fees, and the process required for admission, such as the date of application for admission. If you have any questions, let's summarize the questions in advance.

There are some things to understand in the briefing session.
Annual schedule
Entrance fees and childcare fees
Admission test and application deadline
Child care time and presence/absence of lessons (whether or not there is)
Clothes for interview


What to check at the tour

When actually going to a kindergarten tour, it is important to consider whether or not your child can enjoy it. Other than that, it is important to understand the following contents.
Childcare content
What kind of atmosphere is there in which the child can be brought into contact with the childcare and enjoyed by the child?


It's also important to make sure that outsiders can't get in easily.


kindergarten equipment

Size of garden, safety of slide or other playgournd tool at garden, cleanliness of toilet

State of the teacher  kindergarten

Whether teachers treat children carefully


2. Distribution of application forms

Distribution of application forms will begin in September-October.
In early kindergartens, applications will begin to be distributed in September, but most will begin in October.
Preparation is necessary, so let's get an application early.
The method of distributing the application varies depending on the kindergarten. On the road to go directly or on the Internet


3. Submission of application form

When you receive your application, it's a good idea to make a copy of it and write it for practice.
It is an important document to write basic information about your motivation and children and send it to the kindergarten.
The point is to refrain from negative things as much as possible and write your strengths and concrete episodes.
Check the deadline for application submission and the method of submission.
Some kindergartens may accept applications on a first-come, first-served basis, and some may line up from midnight.