From October 2019, preschool education and childcare will become free in Japan. With that in place, authorized preschools and childcare centers will be free of charge for all children aged 3 to 5 years old, regardless of household income level.
Is Japan implementing free childcare?
A new government program offering free preschool education and childcare is slated for launch in October 2019. Its expected that the new program will create much higher demand for licensed daycare places and that more parents will be eager to avail their children of this free service.
How much is kindergarten in Japan?
High-income earners who enroll children in a private kindergarten still will pay at least part of the cost. Japan already provides free preschool for low-income parents and will maintain the current method of paying the average fee, which currently stands at 25,700 yen a month.
How much is school fees in Japan?
School fees in Japan vary per education level. For instance, parents can expect to spend at least $4,000 for kindergarten, $17,000 to $73,000 for six years of primary school, $12,500 to $34,000 for three years of middle school, and $20,000 to $30,000 for another three years of secondary school.