The Quest for Daycare Part 1: The First Steps

There’s nothing more in the world that I hate more than calling a place. Which makes it all the more nerve wracking when I have to do it in a foreign language! I’ve been putting it off due to this anxiety, but a job opportunity came up that prompted me to finally start getting things into motion.

Since my last post, I managed to find a stamped copy of last year’s tax return (which I had been afraid I didn’t receive because I never thought I’d need it for something), and so I made up my mind to pursue applying to daycare as someone who is self-employed.

I made the first preliminary step to applying to daycare a week or two ago when I went to the ward office to inquire about it. I checked online already and knew that the only actual option for part time daycare was the one that’s nearby that I’ve taken Baby J to on occasion to play, but it seems like the first step is to go to the daycare and get your name put down that you’re starting the process in general. So I did that and got information on the nearby daycare, full time ones, and really expensive full time and part time ones. I was relieved to see that the daycare I want to apply to has “some openings”. It’s not very clear though. Of course the only way to find out any extra details was to call and find out.

After dwelling on it since that visit, I managed to work out what I want to do going forward and then I finally picked up the phone and called yesterday. I think they get a lot of non-Japanese there, so they didn’t seem that put off when I stumbled on a few things. I was told that the very first thing I should do is come to the daycare and pick up the forms that will have to be filled out for the interview portion of the process.

After she finally woke up from her nap, Baby J and I went over to the daycare. I got some details on the process we’ll have to go through to get registered. I asked about how many openings they have, and at the moment they don’t know. They also don’t know what days of the week those openings would be. I think that they did tell me that there’s around 40 people on the waiting list for their full time daycare right now. Wow!

The sheet they gave me with the info detailed everything about the daycare, and I was comforted to learn that they’re flexible about naps if the kids seem like they need it sooner than the noon nap time they have set for their daily schedule. Right now Baby J still takes two naps a day so I was a bit nervous about sending her somewhere where they only have the one long nap.

I can’t believe how much stuff she’ll have to bring every day! Lots of changes of clothes, lots of diapers and wipes, lots and lots of towels, and other things too. It looks like I won’t be stuck making a bento every day if I choose not to though, which is nice. They also have snacks we can pay for too.

While I was there, I got us signed up for an interview on the 16th. So now I’ve just got to make sure I get that form filled out and wait for the day to come.

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