All over the world after school programs are being started to insure the safety of our children and to help working families.
For families working in Tsukuba, the possibility to enroll your children in the "jidoukan" (children's center) after school program exists (run by the city, keeping children until 6pm), but since that requires the parent to volunteer and help out, it can be difficult for parents who don't speak the language.
You can also just let your child stay in the jidoukan without actually enrolling in the group, but that means that nobody is really watching your child.
The Tsukuba YMCA (see below), now offers after school care for children who go to the schools near the Tsukuba center (Takezono, Azuma, Ninomiya, Matsushiro) from Tuesday-Friday.
The YMCA staff will go to the school and pick up the child at the time school ends and keep them until the parent picks them up between 5pm and 7pm.
At the center, the children will be supervised, doing activities like homework, arts and crafts, games, etc, teaching social skills emphasizing the YMCA Values of "caring, honesty, responsibility & respect".
The YMCA is a Christian organization, but you do not need to be Christian to enroll. Any child regardless of nationality or religion is welcome.
There are also spring vacation programs, summer vacation programs and winter vacation programs with camps and other activities. (Some of these activities may require additional fees)
You can enroll your child for:
One day a week =6,000yen/month.
Twice a week, =11,000yen/month.
Three days a week, =16,000yen/month.
Four days a week, =21,000yen/month.
There is an enrollment fee of 10,000 yen and a yearly material fee of 13,000 yen.
For further information, please contact Mr. Miyata.
Tel: 852-4128 (English OK)
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