What a Japanese Childcare Centre is Like


Good morning! Hello world,
this is what a Japanese daycare is like. Azalee Nursery School, or hoikuen, cares for kids from ages zero to six. Arrivals Before you even enter childcare centers, you’ll notice a difference right away. The most popular method of transportation
is probably bike. In Tokyo, land is expensive, and the population
is dense, so even if parents wanted to, it’d be a gong show if the
majority used vehicles to drop off and pick up their kids. Some schools do provide
their own buses though. Upon entering school, parents sign in. This facility has an
electronic sign in system, but this is not necessarily
the norm for all of them. A must, as in many places in Japan, is to
take off your outdoor shoes and then wear indoor ones. It’s such a fact of life that you can see
the speed and ease in which some can make the transition. Every kid comes with a childcare diary,
called an ikkuji nikki. In here messages between teachers
and parents can be sent, as well as daily records
for how the child’s day went. For the earlier arrivals, children are all
ushered into the same room, no matter the age. As the morning progresses and more arrive, the kids start separating
into their respective classes. The reverse process happens at the end of
the day, as more and more kids go home. While young kids may have their parents
put away their belongings in a cubbyhole, older kids will do this on their own. As the kids get older, they naturally get
more responsibility. Every time kids move from one room to another, they thank the people they were with and in response are told “You’re Welcome.” Ok, attention. Let’s do the greeting. Thank you very much. You’re welcome! Kids, being kids, jump around quite a bit. I want to get there fast. Okay, sometimes adults like to jump around
as well. But at certain times of the day, they are
taught to prepare for the task at hand. If the whole group isn’t ready, nothing happens. Ok, let’s go. Once it’s been established
that everyone is set to go, the kids can once again be free to bounce
around as they go about their day. At the start of the day, while kids are
still arriving, there’s free play activities. There’s lots of toys and games to play with. There are also books and art supplies that
can be used. This is a time where kids can do whatever
they like. 3, 2, 1, go. Craft time It’s now craft time. On different days there will be different
crafts, but today these kids will be
working with clay, which in nendo in Japanese. Every kid owns their own set,
complete with tools and moulds. Some of what they produce is quite impressive,
much better than I could do! Cute. Your cat is cute. In another class, these children are working
with paper and glue to make what I can only assume
are telescopes. Facilities This school is a bit unique,
with all its colours and design. Most schools will look more like this
on the outside. However, what is the norm is to have
mini-bathroom facilities like this, perfectly sized for the children. As with entering the school, going into the
bathroom also requires different footwear. This girl was kind enough to show me
how it’s done. This is what a traditional Japanese wash station
looks like, and if you go to any elementary
school in Japan, you’ll find less colourful
sinks just like this. This school also has a rock climbing wall
and big gym area to play in. I don’t think this is standard at all. Most schools have climbing equipment outdoors. And speaking of equipment, students will often
visit local parks. Here’s kind of what the parks look like. And here’s what a typical group of
students will look like when travelling outside their school. Coloured hats make it easy to identify the
kids. Music
Mah, mah, mushrooms. Mah, mah, mushrooms. They won’t, won’t, won’t, won’t, walk like this. Mah, mah, mushrooms. Mah, mah, mushrooms. They won’t, won’t put their arms out. Music is an important component in child care. Where’s your spot on the pink line?
Where’s your spot on the red line? All teachers know how to play, and songs
are used not only for preparing kids for the day and new activities, but also as a part of dancing, games,
and music education. Good morning teacher, good morning everyone. Flowers are also smiling at us. Good morning, good morning. Morning greetings. Good morning teacher. Good morning everyone. Children are also taught to play
musical instruments themselves. The standard equipment that all kids learn
is the melodica, also know as pianaca. Each kid owns and takes care of their own
instrument. The school also owns a selection of instruments
that the kids get a chance to play. The kids will practice and then show
off their skills at a pageant to be held for their families. Kyuushoku, school lunch Facilities of this size,
whether they’re private or public, will have a nutritionist design
the meals and prepare the food. All the food is made fresh and in-house. As the kids are busy playing and learning,
the cooks prepare the food throughout the morning. When the food is ready, trolleys are
packed and sent off to classrooms. For the younger children,
teachers will act as servers, dishing out the food
and carrying it to them. As the kids get older, they will take on
more responsibility for getting their food. And when they get to elementary school, kids will be the ones responsible
for dishing out the food as well, but at this age, the teachers
will still do that for them. There’s a sort of ritual around eating food. They’ll do some singing
or have a little speech. Everyone, let’s eat together. Please eat. Helpers please eat. School lunch, school lunch, I’m so happy. My hands are also clean. Let’s greet altogether. School lunch, school lunch, I’m so happy. We will eat everything and chew properly. Let’s greet altogether. Put your hands together. Let’s eat together. Please eat. Helpers please eat. The older kids have to wait until everyone
has food before they can eat. Everyone eats the same food,
even the teachers. Hey, you’re looking. There are exceptions, of course. For those with allergies or special diets,
they have custom trays made up for them. When kids make a mess, they have to clean
it up by themselves. Although, they can get a helpful hand from
the teacher. Today’s dessert was an apple slice,
and there were a couple left over. So the kids lined up to play a game of
Jan-Ken-Poi, to get the remaining slices. Wow, this teacher’s game is strong! All the apples are gone. Thank you for the food. Once the food is finished, the older kids
will clear their tables and put away their dishes
in an orderly manner. Nap time These are what the sleeping cots look like
in this school. Kids are responsible for bringing home
and cleaning their own sheets at the end of the week. The same goes for other supplies like
their handkerchiefs and shoes. Going home While I didn’t capture what it’s like
when the children go back home, it’s quite the same as arriving, but in reverse. Sounds quite obvious now that I say it. The school doesn’t have janitors,
so the teachers will be responsible for cleaning the bathrooms,
floors, windows, and well, everything that the kids don’t
put away or clean themselves. Special thanks to the Azalee Nursery
school, the parents, and the children for letting me film. I had so much fun with the kids. If you’d like to see
more videos like this, I won’t say no if you want to help
fund them on Patreon. I’ve set up some perks for
those that can donate. Thanks for watching,
see you next time, bye! What are childcare centres
like where you’re from? Ok, faster. Hands on your head! Bum! Shoulders! Bum! Bum! Stand! Sit! Stand! Sit! Bum!

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Reader Comments

  1. Life Where I'm From

    COST – In Tokyo, most of the wards (cities) have subsidies for accredited daycare schools http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20160611/p2a/00m/0na/021000c. It's on a need's basis, so the more you make, the less you are subsidized. Some even have special subsidies the more kids you have. While the facilities shown are more colorful then shown, the instruction and quality of care is not outside the norm.

    Here's a calculator you can use https://23kids.tokyo/calc-edogawa.html. If you use Google Translate, you should be able to play with it in English. It's already set for Edogawa ward, where the school is located. This is an approximation tool, but from my experience in the hoikuen system, the numbers seem fairly accurate to me.

    Oh, what are the numbers? For a family with an income around $45,000 USD a year (around the median household income for the area), you pay $230 a month for a 0-2 year old, and $150 between 3 and 6. Those figures are using the calculator, and not necessarily for this facility. I'll be doing another video and I'll get into the details of costs and standards. But again, based on my experience, the costs given by the calculator seem like they're in the ballpark.

  2. Fitrash

    during nap time, if you poked your head out of the blanket they would yell at you to go to sleep. This actually happened and I'm not sure why.

  3. Dempsey S

    These kids are so much more respectful and responsible than the kids at my middle and high school

    These kids are 2-3 and so well behaved while kids at my school are 14-18 and throwing things at each other across the rooms and getting into fights for no reason and pulling the fire alarms

    We could really use some schooling like this

  4. Miku Pout

    I watched an anime that if you eat a cookie your sensei gave you, you will grow instantly big in childcare. Apparently it works on female only for some reason. Does anyone know what is the ANIME name is?

  5. my kids my show

    Really really good……
    Really they are focusing on nutrition and health of the kids….. everything is good…… i am a upper primary school teacher

  6. N R

    For where I live, children starting from the age of four are mostly sent to the kindergarten to learn the alphabets, counting numbers, read, write, etc.. No parents want to send their children to there only to play and have fun. I worked as a kindergarten teacher for three months before I resigned. They come to school at 8 am and learning until 10 am. Then, they have breakfast until 10.30 am. The children can only play after the breakfast for 10 minutes before going to the next class. They continue the class until 12 pm and have lunch afterwards. For the transit/tuition children, at 1 pm, they will take a bath with teachers’ assistances and go to sleep until 2 pm. Then, they will wake up and have a tuition class with primary school students. The class finishes at 4.30 pm and they will have a meal before going back home at 5 pm. Other children would even have to wait past 6 pm for their parents to pick them up. This is their schedule for the weekdays except extra classes on weekend. One of my student told me that her mother put her into ballad and piano classes on weekend and her brothers into taekwando class. Can you imagine the standard in my country?

    My former boss, the headmistress was very strict with the rules and wanted nothing but continuous achievement of her kindergarten. She always scolded the children that did not meet her standard even sometimes hit them. I once seen her got very upset by a slow boy in a class that she yelled and cussed at the poor boy and took the boy’s book and smashed repeatedly on his back while continuing degrading the boy. Everyone was shocked especially the new teachers like myself but no one dared to oppose her. Some parents do know about the headmistress’s temperament but they seem to not mind their child getting beat up as long as they learned A, B, C, doing math, and proficient in English (this is English-based kindergarten).

    Whenever I see a video like this, it always warm my heart thinking how fortunate are the children are in first world countries. Here, we are still struggling to be the best in every aspect. Seeing children from such a young age being forced to learn multiplier and division for preparation before going to primary school is heartbreaking. I hope that more kindergartens adapt the natural learning like this because I believe that is the best way to nurture the children.

  7. C N

    I don't understand. This is literally impossible in America. There's no way you're going to corral a bunch of kids to this degree here. They're all hopped up on sugar, their moms will sue you for making them clean up after themselves and ask to see the Principal as to why there aren't janitors to do it for them. This is by all means, an alien world to us in every good way possible. When I was in Kindergarten, I was surrounded by kids trying to get me to eat paste.

  8. LaWendeltreppe

    the best thing is the food. I like the rock-paper-scissors-play over the last slice of the apple. But all in all it's all far to much plastic everywhere. In Germany this is more and more a no-go and you won't find that much here. Our kindergarden was great, because it was on land. So many outdoor activities and very small groups. The younger children were always looked after by the older ones. This was what I liked the most. It's important to teach children to look after one another. It makes them social. It's a normal thing here in former GDR, but not in the west.

  9. God Snipez

    What I’ve watched out of this video,I believe kids have a lot of discipline and are very happy anywhere they go.This could benefit a lot of other sulky kids who do nothing but play on there device for the rest of there day.I remember going to a daycare in Canada and I’m stunned by the way these people are taught and the schedule in which kids have to do things.I gotta give it to them this school has provided a elevator and many other utilities despite its size.The environment is friendl.This place looks doesn’t look like any ordinary daycare,This benefits the kids when there older implementing many morals given

  10. MsABC123456789

    This is fairly similar in nurseries and day nurseries in the UK actually. I think there are just some cultural differences e.g. saying thank you and you're welcome when moving rooms which is such a nice idea i think it boosts the idea of respect and being well-mannered.

  11. Kristofer Milhauser

    Lol they are so disaplined. We need this system here.i bet during free time one of em writes an app. Hehe these people are so damn smart it wouldn't surprise me

  12. Kæla Brown

    For those who are wanting their kids to have a similar experience, this childcare system closely mirrors Montessori childcare operations in the United States, almost to a T. In Montessori classrooms though, the children may be given more responsibility.

  13. Khadijah Daby

    This is so nice to see. As a teacher, I'm so used to seeing teachers super burnt out (including myself) and often forget that kids need us. I wish that our education system more towards the kids and their emotions and less on how "well" they test. Our system is in shambles and the demands are getting worse.

  14. Maria Maher

    These are Japanese young kids in daycare? Wow, they are so well-behaving and exhibiting early responsibility and knows how to follow rules. I never see these in American daycare.

  15. _ GG_Da_Potato_

    The kids that played the pianica did not seem to blow it hard to where it made a irritating sound. I am in fourth grade and about to go to fifth.When we play the recorders THE KIDS BLOW SO HARD TO MAKE THUSIS ANNOYING NOISE!!!

  16. SpxxceDust _l_

    At my school for lunch they order a bunch pizzas pbj's and they heat the pizzas and give us milk and carrots….. i wush i was in japan ;-;

  17. DreamLandBuds

    The virgin america school vs. the chad japanese childcare centre.
    But seriously people should stop comparing and start enjoying. This wasn't the point of the video.

  18. Rawan Kamal

    I hate spoiled brats and this makes me hate them more in my country kids try to act cool and always make noise in class like just 10 seconds after the teacher leave they all talk and they all would have cried and get angry and make a fuss about losing that Rock Paper Scissors because they just wanted the apple I wish I can just become a baby then teleport to japan and live there

  19. Much Ado About Nothing

    The best part is there's not an iPhone or iPad in sight. I've seen day cares where every child has a tablet and cartoons on, or even worst YouTube on and then just sit there for hours on end staring at a screen.

  20. Zee Jazmin

    Japan has better food then than most schools here in america well i am assuming if the kids actully eat it and some adults another reason why Japan is a nice place😄

  21. ಕೆ .ಆರ್ .ಗೌಡ CFO

    Eventhough it looks colors, Japan is so depressive. Schools are like tourchering jails.
    All type of jobs are worst. One should work 10 hours a day. Loads of customs. Kids of heirarchy.

  22. ZOM'BIE 45

    6:07 enak ya kayaknya ngajar di situ murid nya Santuy Gak Bar-Bar beda ama anak indo
    Masih kecil udah diajarin mental manja ama nangis kenceng-kenceng jadi pening pala gw dengerin tangisan bocah yang cempreng kaya tlakson telolet truk pantura😌

  23. Skysloth04 Skysloth04

    In my pre- school their were like 12 students and the room itself was not even close from being the size of that classroom!😂😂

  24. Midnight Wolf

    I was studying in japan kindergarten i was only there for 1 month and we move to Philippines and…. the teachers yell at us if we do something wrong
    For example i write the wrong page of the book they will yell at you

  25. Deirdre Bruton

    Excellent post and the children are so well mannered but have to say on our travels during our holidays we found the Japanese people the most rudest. I suppose you could say every nationality has rude people. 🙁☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️

  26. Andak Sindan

    Different footwear for bathroom , in India the children barely wear any footwear in schools and believe me , the schools are not even in comparison to these awesome Japanese preschools.
    Here is what Japan does it's best, nourishment at a tender age!!

  27. Anna Poppy

    Meanwhile, here in America, we have removed our history and replaced it with sick Transgender storytelling. Ashamed of parents who think this is educational for their children. That will help them in the future looking for jobs.

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