If you would like to enroll your child in daycare facilities (hoikuen) starting next April 2021, the application deadline is November 30th.

For admission on April 1, 2021, 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 2nd and November 30th, 2020.

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

Even if your baby has not been born by the enrollment deadline (Nov 30), you may still apply for April admission. Children  must be 57 days old or older  for application as of April 1st, 2021. 
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.

Application for Approval for Childcare Services(in English)

What you need to do if you need Childcare Service in Sapporo 2020 (in 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
A leaflet of Sapporo Community Interpreters

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
(Address)
Tel. Ward office
(Address)
Tel.
Chuo Ward
(Minami 3 Nishi 11)
011-511-7224 Toyohira Ward
(Hiragishi 6-10)
011-822-2473
Kita Ward
(Kita 25 Nishi 6)
011-757-2563 Kiyota Ward
(Hiraoka 1-10)
011-889-2051
Higashi Ward
Kita 10 Higashi 7
011-711-3214 Minami Ward
(Minami Saiwaimachi 1)
011-522-5780
Shiroishi Ward
(Hongodori 3 Kita)
011-861-0336 Nishi Ward
(Kotoni 2-7)
011-621-4241
Atsubetsu Ward
(Atsubetsu Chuo 2-1)
011-895-2499 Teine Ward
(Maeda 1-11)
011-681-1211

If you are a female researcher or student of Hokkaido University asking some help for consultation and application for day care, Promotion Office of Research environment for Diversity(Ree-D) supporter will accompany you as an interpreter.
https://reed.synfoster.hokudai.ac.jp/en/activities/service/freshu_support/

based on information from Sapporo City