Japan Pre School Structure

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These two forms of early childhood education (ECE) in Japan, are kindergarten schools (yochien) and daycare (hoikuen) schools. Parents can enroll their children in early childhood education programs before elementary school. Nursery schools were established under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Health and Welfare (now the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare). Children attend nursery schools from the age of 3 to 6. Public and private day-care centers in Japan accept children from under age one up to the age of 5 years.

Pre-primary education

  • Ages                            : 3-6 years
  • Duration: 3 years        
  • Languages: Japanese
  • Terms                          : 3 terms
  • Admission Term: throughout the year
  • School types: nursery, kindergarten, daycare.

Pre-schools in Japan offer a variety of activities that are meant to develop relevant skills in students. These include playing, singing, dancing, art and crafts, listening to stories, and structured and unstructured play at the playgrounds and in the classrooms. Five-year-olds have more classroom learning activities that aim to prepare for elementary school. The schools also provide English lessons, plays at the school festival, dance lessons, brass band, and computer skills.

Curriculum- The curriculum follows the Japanese national curriculum and is well-balanced between play and learning-oriented time. Special subjects offered include English playing (songs and games), Music, Art.

Other activities include lunch meetings, Cooking, Birthday Parties, Swimming, Story-telling of picture books, and Club activities, to mention but a few.

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