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Childcare support and services in the community (an example from Kyoto City)

Kyoto City Child-Raising Support Website

Provides easy-to-understand information on childcare support measures, daycare centers, children’s centers, consultation services, etc. in Kyoto City.
https://www.kyoto-kosodate.jp/

Kyoto City Child Rearing Support Pamphlet (Fall 2020)

https://www.city.kyoto.lg.jp/hagukumi/page/0000157363.html

◆ Nursery school
Conditions of Admission:

The child and the parent or guardian reside in the city.
Both parents/guardians are in labor, childbirth, illness, nursing care, or disaster recovery.
Application for Admission:
For admission at the beginning of the fiscal year, application forms are distributed at daycare centers and welfare offices from early November.
Inquiry:
Welfare Department (Welfare Office) of each ward office and branch office
Child Care Division, Child Rearing Support Department, Health and Welfare Bureau, Kyoto City
TEL: 075-251-2390

※ List of Nursery Schools 
https://www.city.kyoto.lg.jp/menu3/category/47-6-2-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.html

Night nursery

Responds to the demand for nighttime childcare. Each daycare center has a capacity of 20 or 30 children.
Childcare hours are from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (extended care is available from 9:00 a.m.; fees are in addition to childcare fees).
※ 8 locations in the Kyoto city (as of April, 2017)
  https://www.city.kyoto.lg.jp/hagukumi/page/0000002649.html

Primary depository

For those who are raising children at home. For those who need temporary childcare due to parental illness, work, refreshments, etc. Children 57 days old or older (up to elementary school age) residing in Kyoto City.
Generally Monday through Saturday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.
A fee is required. Apply directly to the daycare center.
※ 58 locations in the Kyoto city (as of July 2019)
  https://www.city.kyoto.lg.jp/hagukumi/page/0000054150.html 

Day off childcare

Childcare is needed on holidays due to parental illness or work. Pre-school children residing in Kyoto City.
During the standard daycare hours (11 hours) at the facility where the service is provided, such as Sundays and holidays.
Free of charge for children enrolled in childcare facilities.
A fee is required for non-resident children. Apply directly to the daycare center.
※ 7 locations in the Kyoto city (as of April, 2017)
 https://www.city.kyoto.lg.jp/hagukumi/page/0000098214.html

Childcare for sick children and children after illness

A child is ill or recovering from an illness and cannot be cared for at home due to work or other commitments. Temporary childcare is provided at a facility attached to a medical institution.
※ 11 locations in the Kyoto city (as of January 2021)
 Click here for a list of available facilities. (go to external link)

Kyoto City HP Child Rearing Support and Diverse Childcare Services
https://www.city.kyoto.lg.jp/hagukumi/page/0000002625.html

◆ Kindergarten(Enrollment from age 3)
Municipal kindergarten:
Applications are accepted at any time. For new year kindergarten students, application forms are issued and accepted in early November.
School Guidance Division, Kyoto City Board of Education Secretariat TEL:075-222-3806
Private Kindergartens:
Application forms for admission are issued after September 1 and accepted after October 1.
For details on mid-year enrollment, etc., contact the kindergarten of your choice directly.
(Public corporation)Kyoto Prefectural Federation of Private Kindergartens TEL:075-344-0771
(Public corporation)Kyoto City Association of Private Kindergartens TEL:075-257-0375 

Childcare Support Services

◆ Kyoto City Small-Scale Childcare Services(KCS)
This is Kyoto City’s unique system to provide daytime daycare for children from 57 days old to under 3 years old in a family-like atmosphere at the home of an individual due to the parent’s work, illness, or other reasons.
Nursery hours:
The basic schedule is from 8:30 to 17:00 and can be extended up to 11 hours if necessary.
Fee for day-care:
Determined by the income status of the person responsible for support, childcare hours, and other factors.
http://www.kcs-nikori-hokori.com/ 
◆ Family Support Services
This is a program in which people who wish to receive assistance with childcare (Requesting members: Onegai-san) and people who wish to provide assistance with childcare (Offering members: Omakase-san) become members and help each other with childcare. Membership registration is required.
Eligible applicants:
You must live or work in Kyoto City and have a child up to 12 years old or be pregnant.
Usage fee (compensation):
Weekdays (Mon-Fri) 7:00-19:00, 700 yen per hour.
Other than the above, 900 yen per hour.
Inquiry:
Kyoto City Family Support Center TEL:075-255-2234 
https://www.city.kyoto.lg.jp/hagukumi/page/0000189419.html 

Childcare Support Organization

Regional Child Rearing Support Stations

As a base of a familiar local child-rearing network, we designate “community child-rearing support stations” from among day-care centers (preschools) and childcare centers, and offer child-rearing lectures, free use of the school yard, and provision of information.
Inquiry:
Child and Family Division, Health and Welfare Bureau, Kyoto City TEL:075-251-2380

Child Support Center

The Child Support Center is a center for consultation and support for childcare established in the ward office.
Opening Hours:
10:00~16:30(Excluding Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays and year-end and New Year holidays.)
Inquiry:
Welfare Department (Welfare Office) at each ward office

Pediatric emergency clinics and institutions

Kyoto City Urgent Care Clinic

Location:
1F Doctor’s Hall, 6 Higashi-Toganoo-cho, Nishinokyo, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto (East of JR Nijo Station)
TEL:075-354-6021
Hospital specialties:
Pediatrics, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Internal Medicine
Pediatric Clinic Dates and Times :
Weekdays 9:00pm – 12:00am
Saturday 2:00pm-5:00pm, 6:00pm-8:00am
Sundays and holidays 10:00am – 5:00pm, 6:00pm – 24:00pm

Pediatric emergency telephone consultation service【#8000】
(National identification number)

Pediatricians and nurses are available by phone for consultation if you are in doubt about how to deal with sudden illness of your child on holidays or at night, or whether you should seek medical attention at a hospital.
TEL:From a landline or cell phone「#8000」 
※For dial lines and IP phones TEL:075-661-5596
Reception Hours:
Everyday 7:00pm – 8:00am (Saturday: 3:00pm – 8:00am)
Eligible applicants:
Children under 15 years old living in Kyoto Prefecture and their families, etc.