We assisted daycare application for our client, Marc-Antoni and received wonderful feedback!
Japan Healthcare Info (JHI) is a wonderful service! My family and I recently moved from Canada
and we discovered this service online while Googling away for all the help we could get with
integrating here in Japan. Our son was about 15 months old at the time, and we were exploring
daycare options online when we learnt that JHI could also assist with filing and prepping for his
entry into the Japanese daycare system.
For those of you with families, or little ones on the way, you may have already heard how
notoriously difficult it is to get your child placed into the public daycare system. Indeed, despite
Japan’s low birthrate, Tokyo in particular seems to have babies everywhere! It’s great to see all
the mommies and daddies cycling around with an occupied child-seat at each end of the bicycle
or strapped into a baby carrier. I’m totally impressed by all the parents going about their day
while juggling their little ones. However, all this remarkable baby management is also a
reflection of the fact that there is not enough supply in childcare services to meet the demand.
Apparently, the government is working on it, and many more daycares are on the way, but this
also implies that placement is hard to come by and can be quite expensive. We had our little
one in a private daycare for the first 6 months, and the full-time monthly fee was actually
comparable to our rent! Why many couples we know decide to keep one parent at home to
provide childcare, especially if there is more than one child.
Enter the JHI. We quickly received a response to our request for assistance and have felt
supported ever since! Navigating all the government bureaucracy is certainly a skill. It truly is
another language. My wife is Japanese, and she can speak and read the language quite well in
most cases, but this paperwork is a different beast altogether. Indeed, the number of rejected
applicants is quite indicative of this. It’s not a Japanese language issue, as much as it is a
governmental language issue, and thankfully the JHI has the skill and experience to get you
I can happily announce that our little one has since been enrolled into the public daycare
system, and I have absolutely no doubt it was thanks to Sara and the JHI. The assistance saved
us considerable stress and the new daycare is saving us a great deal of money. I would very
highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for help in breaking through into the Japanese
public daycare system.