Good morning! Hello world,
this is what a Japanese daycare is like. Azalee Nursery School, or hoikuen, cares for kids from ages zero to six. Arrivals Before you even enter childcare centers, you’ll notice a difference right away. The most popular method of transportation
is probably bike. In Tokyo, land is expensive, and the population
is dense, so even if parents wanted to, it’d be a gong show if the
majority used vehicles to drop off and pick up their kids. Some schools do provide
their own buses though. Upon entering school, parents sign in. This facility has an
electronic sign in system, but this is not necessarily
the norm for all of them. A must, as in many places in Japan, is to
take off your outdoor shoes and then wear indoor ones. It’s such a fact of life that you can see
the speed and ease in which some can make the transition. Every kid comes with a childcare diary,
called an ikkuji nikki. In here messages between teachers
and parents can be sent, as well as daily records
for how the child’s day went. For the earlier arrivals, children are all
ushered into the same room, no matter the age. As the morning progresses and more arrive, the kids start separating
into their respective classes. The reverse process happens at the end of
the day, as more and more kids go home. While young kids may have their parents
put away their belongings in a cubbyhole, older kids will do this on their own. As the kids get older, they naturally get
more responsibility. Every time kids move from one room to another, they thank the people they were with and in response are told “You’re Welcome.” Ok, attention. Let’s do the greeting. Thank you very much. You’re welcome! Kids, being kids, jump around quite a bit. I want to get there fast. Okay, sometimes adults like to jump around
as well. But at certain times of the day, they are
taught to prepare for the task at hand. If the whole group isn’t ready, nothing happens. Ok, let’s go. Once it’s been established
that everyone is set to go, the kids can once again be free to bounce
around as they go about their day. At the start of the day, while kids are
still arriving, there’s free play activities. There’s lots of toys and games to play with. There are also books and art supplies that
can be used. This is a time where kids can do whatever
they like. 3, 2, 1, go. Craft time It’s now craft time. On different days there will be different
crafts, but today these kids will be
working with clay, which in nendo in Japanese. Every kid owns their own set,
complete with tools and moulds. Some of what they produce is quite impressive,
much better than I could do! Cute. Your cat is cute. In another class, these children are working
with paper and glue to make what I can only assume
are telescopes. Facilities This school is a bit unique,
with all its colours and design. Most schools will look more like this
on the outside. However, what is the norm is to have
mini-bathroom facilities like this, perfectly sized for the children. As with entering the school, going into the
bathroom also requires different footwear. This girl was kind enough to show me
how it’s done. This is what a traditional Japanese wash station
looks like, and if you go to any elementary
school in Japan, you’ll find less colourful
sinks just like this. This school also has a rock climbing wall
and big gym area to play in. I don’t think this is standard at all. Most schools have climbing equipment outdoors. And speaking of equipment, students will often
visit local parks. Here’s kind of what the parks look like. And here’s what a typical group of
students will look like when travelling outside their school. Coloured hats make it easy to identify the
kids. Music
Mah, mah, mushrooms. Mah, mah, mushrooms. They won’t, won’t, won’t, won’t, walk like this. Mah, mah, mushrooms. Mah, mah, mushrooms. They won’t, won’t put their arms out. Music is an important component in child care. Where’s your spot on the pink line?
Where’s your spot on the red line? All teachers know how to play, and songs
are used not only for preparing kids for the day and new activities, but also as a part of dancing, games,
and music education. Good morning teacher, good morning everyone. Flowers are also smiling at us. Good morning, good morning. Morning greetings. Good morning teacher. Good morning everyone. Children are also taught to play
musical instruments themselves. The standard equipment that all kids learn
is the melodica, also know as pianaca. Each kid owns and takes care of their own
instrument. The school also owns a selection of instruments
that the kids get a chance to play. The kids will practice and then show
off their skills at a pageant to be held for their families. Kyuushoku, school lunch Facilities of this size,
whether they’re private or public, will have a nutritionist design
the meals and prepare the food. All the food is made fresh and in-house. As the kids are busy playing and learning,
the cooks prepare the food throughout the morning. When the food is ready, trolleys are
packed and sent off to classrooms. For the younger children,
teachers will act as servers, dishing out the food
and carrying it to them. As the kids get older, they will take on
more responsibility for getting their food. And when they get to elementary school, kids will be the ones responsible
for dishing out the food as well, but at this age, the teachers
will still do that for them. There’s a sort of ritual around eating food. They’ll do some singing
or have a little speech. Everyone, let’s eat together. Please eat. Helpers please eat. School lunch, school lunch, I’m so happy. My hands are also clean. Let’s greet altogether. School lunch, school lunch, I’m so happy. We will eat everything and chew properly. Let’s greet altogether. Put your hands together. Let’s eat together. Please eat. Helpers please eat. The older kids have to wait until everyone
has food before they can eat. Everyone eats the same food,
even the teachers. Hey, you’re looking. There are exceptions, of course. For those with allergies or special diets,
they have custom trays made up for them. When kids make a mess, they have to clean
it up by themselves. Although, they can get a helpful hand from
the teacher. Today’s dessert was an apple slice,
and there were a couple left over. So the kids lined up to play a game of
Jan-Ken-Poi, to get the remaining slices. Wow, this teacher’s game is strong! All the apples are gone. Thank you for the food. Once the food is finished, the older kids
will clear their tables and put away their dishes
in an orderly manner. Nap time These are what the sleeping cots look like
in this school. Kids are responsible for bringing home
and cleaning their own sheets at the end of the week. The same goes for other supplies like
their handkerchiefs and shoes. Going home While I didn’t capture what it’s like
when the children go back home, it’s quite the same as arriving, but in reverse. Sounds quite obvious now that I say it. The school doesn’t have janitors,
so the teachers will be responsible for cleaning the bathrooms,
floors, windows, and well, everything that the kids don’t
put away or clean themselves. Special thanks to the Azalee Nursery
school, the parents, and the children for letting me film. I had so much fun with the kids. If you’d like to see
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see you next time, bye! What are childcare centres
like where you’re from? Ok, faster. Hands on your head! Bum! Shoulders! Bum! Bum! Stand! Sit! Stand! Sit! Bum!