While more and more Japanese women are opting to stay at home and take care of their children with the shortage of childcare centers, the city of Yokohama is going against the tide with 160 new nursery schools over the last four years.
Doronkokai, a popular nursery situated strategically near a train station, makes it a lot easier for working mothers to drop off their children before heading to work and picking them up after. It also takes advantage of the fact that its location opens it up to different businesses within the area.
The city of Yokohama reported that the number of those on their waiting list to enroll in nursery schools was down to zero in April of this year. A start contrast from three years ago when it had the longest waiting list, which changed when personalized enrollment services were introduced.
“Before, the ward office sent a one-way notification stating the application (for a place in nursery school) has been received. We’ve decided to deal with each and every person. Over 4,000 people have received calls or have met our ‘nursery concierge’ and asked about their needs and recommended places.” said Yokohama mayor Fumiko Hayashi. This, in hopes of increasing the number of women working to help boost the country’s economy as part of the new measures proposed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
[via Channel News Asia]
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