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 What is Hoikushi? 

Hoikushi is a profession who takes care of 0-18 year old children.
There are many facilities where Hoikushi are actively working. Most of Hoikushi work at Hoikuen (= Nursery schools/ Children’s day care). Hoikushi take important rolls. 

A Day of Hoikushi (example)

7:00 | Early morning shift staffs start working.

7:30 | Children start coming to nursery schools with parents. 
Take temperature for small children.

9:45 | Morning Meeting and Exercise or Song,
Morning Snack time or milk time for small children

10:00~11:00 | Morning Activity
Go outside to play or walk, Gym, Rhythmic, Drawing, Play in the water,

11:30~12:30 | Lunch Preparation and Lunch
Make children wash hands, arrange tables, serve lunch, bottle feeding
for babies.
13:00~15:00 | Nap Time
Assist children brush teeth, prepare Futon, go to toilet, and napping

15:15~16:00 | Snack Time
Prepare snacks, and after snack time clean up

16:00 | Good Bye Meeting. Good Bye Song
16:00~19:00 | Parents pick up children, clean up 

19:30 | Late Shift Staffs finish working

How long does a Hoikushi work?

At most of the day care facilities, generally, they work 8 hours a day.
Usually day care facilities handle their staff under three kinds of shifts. 
1. Early Morning Shift 7:30-16:30 
2. Morning Shift 8:30-17:30
3. Late Shift 19:30-Closing 

Join the Events

Hoikushi organizes many events. 
Picnics, school festivals, sport meets, school plays, entrance
graduation ceremonies, medical checks, dental checks, Halloween,
Christmas, Tanabata, Mamemaki, Hina Matsuri Party, monthly birthday
party, cooking, evacuation drills, etc.

Treatment of Hoikushi

There are two types of Hoikuen (children’s day care facility) in Japan.
①Ninekaen (or Ninshoen)= Day care facility which receives financial aid
from the government. 
Muninkaen = Day care facility which doesn’t receive the financial aid.
So they do all the management from fee of their child care service. 
There is a big gap in salary between Ninkaen and Muninkaen.
Ninkaen staff members’ average annual salary is 3.6million yen.
Muninkaen staff members’ average annual salary is 2.1million yen.
Why is there a gap?
A.Nowadays, many mothers have jobs so they prefer to get their children
entered in day cares (Hoikuen) rather than kindergartens (Youchien).
So the number of day cares are increasing and they need more staff.
To hire staff, Ninkaen use governmental financial aid to pay reasonable
salaries and give good working conditions. That is why Ninkaen teachers
can be paid better. 

Hoikushi License

How to be a Hoikushi?
You need to complete one of the following.
 ①Graduate from a Japanese vocational school for becoming
 a day care teacher which is authorized by the Ministry of Health,
 Labor and Welfare
②Pass the Hoikushi Examination 

Hoikushi Examination

You need to have more than 14 years of schooling experience. 
Graduated from 2 year college or 4 year university.
(If you graduated your final school before 1991 March 31, you only need total 12 years of schooling experience. )
It is also possible for college students to take the exam. In this case
examination results will be “tentative” passed. You must submit required
documents and a Verification of Graduate Certification that show you have
completed unit or credits later date, or else qualification will be invalid. 
Date of Mark Sheet Examination
The examination is held twice a year. (Actual Examination. MBB Hoikushi prep course will make group application)
・3rd Saturday and Sunday in April
・3rd Saturday and Sunday in October
Examination Subjects
The Examination consists of 9 subjects. 
Hoikushi examination will be scored per subject. Over 60% will be the
passing score. Passed scores are valid for 3 years. 
※Only the subjects of “Kyoiku Genri (Principle of Education)” and
“Shakaiteki Yougo(Social Care)” are required to pass both at the same
time. Either of the subjects are not acceptable to be carried over. 

Practical Examination
After you pass the mark sheet examination, then you take practical
examination. Applicants will choose 2 out of 3 units proposed. Over 60%
will be the passing score.
・Technology on musical expression
・Technology of expression on Creative Art
・Technology on verbal expressions
Examination Fee
12,950 yen