1 Yōchien is the Japanese equivalent of American preschool and kindergarten. Under the jurisdiction of the MOE, preschools teach three- to six-year-olds approximately four hours a day. In recent years, the government has become interested in preschool education and childcare.
Do they have preschools in Japan?
Currently, there are approximately 4,400 public preschools in Japan. Public schools are managed by the government and are located in each prefecture. Public and private preschools are known to be on the same level when it comes to the quality of education.
What age is preschool in Japan?
Japan is also highly invested in early education, with young children often starting preschool around 2.5–3 years old.
Does Japan have kindergarten?
Education in Japan is compulsory at the elementary and lower secondary levels. Education prior to elementary school is provided at kindergartens and day-care centers. The programmes for those children aged 3–5 resemble those at kindergartens.