Nursery choice

If you need childcare services

【Day Care Center/Hoikuen保育園】

Day Care Centers might not be able to accept your child immediately because there are a lot of children on the waiting list. If both parents work full-time, they have priority.
If you want your child to go to a day-care center from April 1st, at the beginning of fiscal or academic year, the application procedure starts in November. The provision of daycare services will then be determined at the begining of February after screening process.
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【Temporary Child Care Services/Ichiji hoiku 一時保育】

You can use this system on a day-to-day basis.
standard rate: ¥1,200~¥2,700 per day/(varies depending on ages and reasons)
example: you work part-time a few days a week,
in the case of emergencies, or to have a break etc.
※For more information, contact each facility (Japanese)

【Child Care Services on weekends and Public Holidays 休日保育】

※ Prior annual registration is required. Then apply  for the service every month,following the service schedule (in Japanese)
Those eligible: children 5 months of age or older who already attend approved Day Care Centers.
Days available:Sunday, Public Holidays (Except 12/28~1/3)
Time:8 a.m.~7 p.m. (9 a.m.~5 p.m. for Aoba Kousho)
Public Day Care Centers:
「Cheerful Kita ちあふる きた」(3-3 Kita 25 Nishi 3 Kita-ku) ℡757-5380
「Cheerful Toyohira ちあふる とよひら」(1-4 Tsukisamu-higashi, Toyohira-ku)  ℡851-3945
「Cheerful Nishi ちあふる にし」(3-5 Nijuyonken, Nishi-ku)  ℡ 621-1503

Private Day Care Centers:
「Aoba Kousho Hoikuen 青葉興正保育園」(2-7-25 Aoba-cho, Atsubetsu-ku)
「Motomachi Nikoniko Hoikuen 元町にこにこ保育園」(N23 E16 Higashi-ku)

「Nikomaru-en Higashi-shiroishiにこまるえん東白石」
(S2-10 9chome Hongo-dori, Shiroishi-ku) ℡799-1565

「Hiragishi Himawari-enちびっこ保育ルーム平岸ひまわり園」
(3-5 Hiragishi, Toyohira-ku) ℡824-5288

※For more information, contact each facility.
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【Regional Facility 地域型保育

For children from 5 months to under 2 years of age who meet the requirements for entering Day Care Center (if your child reaches the age of three years, s/he can stay there until the end of the fiscal year)
– Fee: varies depending on each household
– Apply to Kenko Kodomo Ka(健康こども課) at your local ward office

【Family Support Center Program ファミリー サポート センター プログラム】

This is a system that supports families raising children by establishing membership organizations consisting of parents who want help with childcare and people who wish to assist such parents.
【Services available】
Taking children to and from Day Care, accepting children after Day Care Center or Kindergarten and accepting children when they are sick (but not seriously sick) etc.
At a house where this service is offered (in principle).
【Time】 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
【Fee】 ¥350 per half hour, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays
¥400 per half hour for the rest of the time
※You may need to pay for transportation expenses etc.
For inquiries: ℡ 272-2415 (Japanese)

 【 Sapporo Children Emergency Support Network 緊急サポネット】

services available
if your child cannot go to Day Care because of any sudden illness, if you need emergency childcare because of sudden overtime, if your child needs a place to stay overnight etc.
Your child will stay at your house or a supporting member’s house, depending on circumstances.

For sick children: 7:30 to 6 p.m. from Monday to Saturday
For non-sick children: 7:30 to 11 p.m.
For overnight stays: after Day Care or after-school care until your child goes to Day Care or school

For sick children: ¥500 per half an hour
For non-sick children: ¥500 per half hour 7:30-6 p.m.
¥600 per half hour 6 to 11 p.m.
For overnight stays:¥12.000 (under 3 years old)
¥10.000 (over 3 years old)
※You may have to pay transportation expenses etc.
For inquiries:℡621-6626

【Day Service for Recuperating Children 病後児保育(byougoji-hoiku)

※ Prior registration is required.
Those eligible: infants who have just recovered from an illness but
cannot return to Day Care Center yet but cannot stay home due to parents’ reasons
(5 months of age~6th grade of elementary school)
Up to 4 infants per day (reservation only)
8 a.m.~6 p.m. (closed on Sundays, Public Holidays, 8/15, 12/30~1/30)
Where: ※Child Day Service Center in each of the following facilities
「Hokkaido Social Insurance Hospital 北海道社会保険病院」(1-8 Nakanoshima, Toyohira-ku) ℡831-3300
「Teine Keijinkai Hospital 手稲渓仁会病院」(1-12 Maeda Teine-ku)     ℡ 681-3266
「Nire-no-kai Clinic 楡の会クリニック」(49 Shimonopporo Atsubetsu-cho Atsubetsu-ku)   ℡ 898-3934
「Kin-ikyo Kikusui Kodomo Day Service Center 勤医協菊水こどもデイサービスセンター」(4-1 Kikusui Shiroishi-ku) ℡ 823-9272
「Tenshi Hospital 天使病院」(1-1 Higashi3, Kita12, Higashi-ku) ℡ 711-0101 (Ex.263)
「Higashikariki Sukoyaka Kodomo Day Service Center 東雁来すこやかこどもディサービスセンター」(4chome,11jo, Higashikariki,Higashi-ku) ℡ 790-2030

Fee (per day): ¥3,000 (may vary depending on your income)
For lunch and snacks: ¥300
※For more information, contact each facility. (Japanese)

【Sapporo Child Care General Support Center 子育て支援総合センター(kosodate-sien-sogo-center)

A place for parents and children of preschool age to meet and communicate
Open 9 a.m.~5 p.m. daily (except at the end and the beginning of the year)
Consultation, various kinds of lectures, and reading aloud to children are available

【Child Care Salon 子育てサロン】

At kid’s hall (jido-kaikan) and community centers
Also a place for parents and children of preschool age to meet and communicate
※ For more information, contact your local Health Center

Information from Hokkaido university International Women’s club

Health Promotion Section, Sapporo Public Health Office