GUIDANCE OF ADMISSION
To our future applicants,
Yamanoko Childcare Center consists of two different centers: “Yamanoko Childcare Center Home” (0-2 yo, max. of 19 children) with cozy, family-like atmosphere, and “Yamanoko Childcare Center” (0-5 yo, max. of 50 children) where children spend the day at the garden rich in nature and creativity.
We are childcare center (nursery) certified by Cabinet Office, led by Spiber Inc., a private company with business domain in new-generation biomaterial development aiming to pursue the next level of sustainability without dependence on conventional raw materials such as petroleum. Families of partner companies and local families are also welcome to join us.
For both day care and temporary childcare, please apply directly to us, not to the city hall.
Apply for day care Apply for temporary childcare
Our child education
Everydayis an exploration: daily practice of spontaneous learning and “exploration method”
Washing clothes after playing with mud, cooking miso soup, creating necessary things in life by using materials from daily scenes -children learn as they create. We adults learn together with children, and as partners/friends we aim to design ever-transforming environment by accepting their every little expression as voices to be heard, and developing every “question” that come up in our minds and reflecting to our style of childcare. Also, the class for 3 to 5 year olds practice “circle time”, a daily opportunity for children to share their feelings and thoughts to others.
Multi-age childcare -children growing inspired by one another
Through multi-age environment we aim to increase opportunities for children to see, to follow, and to learn from one another. We believe that being different is natural; having 1-2 year olds and 3-5 year olds spend the day as same class we let children mutually recognise each other and grow together.
Cloth diaper -our way of facing psychological needs and ecology
From 0 year old, children spend the whole day with cloth diaper. We choose cloth diaper because they are soft and comfortable easy for children to put on and off, and to move around with and because they are eco-friendly. We aim to develop five senses from children experiencing the sense of comfort and discomfort, and responding to psychological needs/desire.
Our thoughts on food -taking time and effort to prepare together
At YCC kitchen, we only use ingredients and seasonings that are produced with care such as pesticide-free rice grown by our farmers, and organic vegetables. We also work on farming from soil making, sowing seeds, to harvesting all together with children, offering opportunities to learn about food and nature. Lunch provided is traditional Japanese (Shonai) menu; lightly seasoned, with lots of vegetables.
Not only having children call adults by their first name such as “XX san”, we adults (including staff and parents/guardian) call each other by first name too. By this we build relationship between adults with a diverse background and children to learn from each other and grow from what we learn.
To those who are considering to visit,
We hold tour for visitors.
September and October: Every Wednesday 9:00-10:00
Other months: Every Third Wednesday 9:00-10:00
Please submit the CONTACT form below, or call us at 0235-64-8940 to make a reservation.
Note: please be informed that we may not be able to meet your request due to having occasional events or/and the schedule of the staff in charge.
Apply for admission
The application period for admission from April begin from September. We accept applications throughout the year as long as there is vacancy. Please contact us for the most updated information on availability.
2. Participation in admission meeting or/and tour
3. Submission of application form
4. Notification on the result
Yamanoko Childcare Center: 50 children (25/50 children shall be for the local families)
Yamanoko Childcare Center Home: 19 children (9/19 children shall be for the local families)
Admission open for:
From 6 months old upto 6 year old (a year before entering school in Japan)
Monday to Saturday (closed on Sundays and national holidays)
* Saturday day care: Reservation required
7:30〜19:00 (extended childcare: 18:30-19:00)
Regarding childcare fee
|Regarding childcare fee||0 yo||1 - 2 yo||3 yo||4-5 yo|
|Childcare fee coverage initiation undecided||From October 2019||From October 2019|
|“Eco-smiley” pants management||3,000||3,000||–||–|
|Special educational environment maintenance||500 〜 5,000（benefit principle）|
(3 yo and above)
|–||–||7,000円（nursery meal fee）|
|Extended childcare||300 yen per day (18:30-19:00)|
*According to Tsuruoka City subsidiary aid policy for households with multiple children, subsidy is given for the second child of the families who are either having two of their children attending the same nursery, or one of the multiple children attend one of the listed nurseries. As for the third child, basic childcare fee shall be free of charge (note: both of the two cases apply only to those who are registered as Tsuruoka City residents).
*In cases of special class events or activities, additional “activity fees” may be charged. We shall consult with/report to the parents and guardians before payment takes place.
Cloth diaper laundry
Cloth diapers are being washed at each childcare center -this fee is for the labour costs and consumable items used for the laundry. Once the child is finished using diapers (“eco smiley pants!”), this shall not be charged. Each childcare center shall judge whether the child needs to use cloth diaper or not.
Regarding special educational environment maintenance fee
We ask all the families for their cooperation in making monthly payment for the above; this fee is used for purchase and maintenance of toys/tools and improvement of class environment. The amount is set based on benefit principle as below*:
*price is set depending on the amount of each family’s annual income before deducting tax
How the amount is decided
The annual income from the preceding fiscal year shall be the basis on decision of the price, which is to be self-enumerated (no need to submit inhabitant tax document).
*If there is any drastic change of family situation due to certain reasons, it is possible to re-submit the annual income.
|Family income||Special educational environment maintenance fee|
|A||Up to ¥6,000,000||¥500|
|B||Between ¥6,010,000 and ¥7,600,000||¥3,000|
|C||Between ¥7,610,000 and ¥9,000,000||¥4,000|
|D||¥9,010,000 and more||¥5,000|
Basic childcare fee payment is made by account withdrawal via “CODMON” every 20th of the month (if 20th falls on a holiday/weekend, the following day).
*We ask to register your bank account information on MyPage, CODMON app by the end of the month before admission.
*In case of extended childcare or additional purchase, the total amount is confirmed by the end of the month, and shall be withdrawn the following month.
Application for temporary childcare
About temporary childcare
Temporary childcare is available when parents/guardians have the temporary need for childcare in the cases as follows: ceremonial occasions, temporary work schedule, family purposes and when there is need for refreshment. *Only available between the hours that childcare is necessary for the applicant.
How to apply
1. Inquiry via phone call
2. Submit application form(PDF)
4. Start the childcare
From 3 year olds upto 6 year old (a year before entering school in Japan)
Child care hours
600 yen / 1 hour
Lunch 400 yen / meal, snack / 200 yen
*We may ask the applicant to take out insurance under certain circumstances
*For temporary childcare, application is accepted from 1st of the prior month.
We will close application once we reach the limit of capacity.
*Please note that we may not be able to accept application due to nursery events and status of the facility use