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Update:November 8, 2017

Childcare support facilities

Kids’ halls

With gymnastics rooms, libraries and playrooms, these facilities offer opportunities for children to spend time freely. Please have a chaperone with children that have not reached elementary school age when visiting the facility. They also provide families raising children with opportunities to exchange information and make friends. Hours are from 8:45 to 18:00, Monday through Saturday. Sapporo has 104 kids’ halls. For information on locations, call the Sapporo City Call Center (page. http://www.city.sapporo.jp/city/english/information/citizen-contact-center.html).

Child Care General Support Center

The Child Care General Support Center (page. http://www.city.sapporo.jp/city/english/facilities.html#page-childcare-support) provides preschool children and their families with a place to play together and interact. The center also offers childcare consultations, provides information on all kinds of systems and services regarding childcare and conducts childcare classes. Hours are from 9:00 to 17:00 every day except New Year holidays.

The Cheerful Ward Day Care & Child-raising Support Center

The Cheerful Ward Day Care & Child-raising Support Center (page. http://www.city.sapporo.jp/city/english/facilities.html#page-childcare-support) provides families with children that have not enrolled in elementary school and expecting parents opportunities to play together and interact with other families, and additionally offers childcare consultation services and supplies information on all kinds of systems and services regarding childcare. Classes on childcare, including children’s nutrition and discipline, are also held. Hours are from 9:00 to 17:00, Monday through Saturday.

English Support Day

The City of Sapporo hosts child-raising salons at various venues (e.g., childcare support facilities described above, neighborhood halls, elementary schools) allowing parents with pre-school children and couples thinking about having children to meet and socialize freely.
Machinaka Kids Salon Odorinko will hold an "English Support Day" every third Thursday of the month where English speaking volunteers will talk about child-raising family activities and help facilitate communication among the Japanese-speaking and English-speaking parent(s).

Dates: Every third Thursday of each month 11:00-16:00 *volunteer staff are available from 14:00*
Venue: Machinaka Kids Salong Odorinko (Sapporo S1 Bld 2F, Minami 1-jo, Nishi 4-chome, Chuo-ku)