If you would like to enroll your child in daycare facilities (hoikuen) starting next April 2020, the application deadline is November 29th.

For admission on April 1, 2020, please submit the documents to the Children & Family Welfare Section (健康・子ども課”Kenko-Kodomo Ka”) of the regional ward office between November 1st and November 29th, 2019.

You need to visit the facility you want to apply for your child in October beforehand.

Even if your baby has not been born by the enrollment deadline (Nov 29), you may still apply for April admission. Children  must be 57 days old or older  for application as of April 1st, 2020. 
Please note that this enrollment applies only to April admission. You can not enroll your child before April.  Please show the maternal and the child handbook called “Boshi-Techo” of your baby-to-be. You can fill in your due date as his/her birthday and leave his /her name blank on the application form.

Applications for enrolling in childcare facilities

Applications for enrolling in childcare facilities (保育所”Hoikusho”) are accepted at any time. The provision of daycare services will then be determined two months after screening process. It will also depend on whether there is space available for your child in a daycare center.
The first day to attend the childcare facility is the date the applicant requests. If there is no vacancy in the facility of the applicant’s choice at the requested date, the applicant will be placed on a waiting list. Please refer to the following PDF.

2019 Standard List of Screening and Coordination for Authorized Childcare Facilities (Japanese).pdf

2019/2020 Sapporo City Entry Guide to Day Care Centers, Etc.( English)

(!)Sapporo Community Interpreters are available for interpretation, when you receive explanations and/or go through procedures regarding enrollment in nurseries (childcare facilities).
TEL: 011-211-2105
FAX: 011-232-3833
E-mail: community@plaza-sapporo.or.jp

Consultation, inquiries and applications

For more information, please contact the Children & Family Welfare Section of the regional ward office between 8:45 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. except on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays.

Ward office
Tel. Ward office
Chuo Ward
(Minami 3 Nishi 11)
011-511-7224 Toyohira Ward
(Hiragishi 6-10)
Kita Ward
(Kita 25 Nishi 6)
011-757-2563 Kiyota Ward
(Hiraoka 1-10)
Higashi Ward
Kita 10 Higashi 7
011-711-3214 Minami Ward
(Minami Saiwaimachi 1)
Shiroishi Ward
(Hongodori 3 Kita)
011-861-0336 Nishi Ward
(Kotoni 2-7)
Atsubetsu Ward
(Atsubetsu Chuo 2-1)
011-895-2499 Teine Ward
(Maeda 1-11)

If you are a female researcher or student of Hokkaido University asking some help for consultation and application for day care, A FResHU(Support Office for Female Researchers in Hokkaido University) supporter will accompany you as an interpreter. https://freshu.ist.hokudai.ac.jp/en/work-life/ikujikikan/

based on information from Sapporo City