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English Speaking Childcare in Tokyo

Post: Wednesday April 1, 2015

If you're raising children in Japan and will ever need child care, there are a couple of things you should know.

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First, Japan does not have a traditional culture of informal babysitting as is common in some parts of the West (especially the USA) where you can pay someone you know to come watch your kids while you're out for the evening.  That said, it is possible to find babysitters in some online classified sites and occasionally ads in international supermarkets, such as the National Azabu Supermarket in Hiroo.  There are also a number of companies that provide English-speaking childcare and nanny services.  We have listed a few below.

Chez Vous – Housekeeping & Babysitting Service

Chez Vous
  • Chez Vous is a one-stop shop to meet all your domestic needs and provides a variety of services, including housekeeping, childcare, handyman, and house cleaning.

Poppins – Nanny Service

  • Poppins provides in-home baby-sitting and nanny services, daycare, and elderly care across the Kanto and Kansai regions as well as in Hawaii.

Alpha Kid's Club – Baby-sitter Service

Alpha Kid’s Club
  • Alpha Kid's Club is a full-service childcare provider with services including in-home babysitting as well as daycare and a preschool environment for children ages 0-5.


  • Babysitters provides event childcare, overnight babysitting, as well as access to international babysitters that provide an opportunity for young children to be cared for while having natural access to an English speaker.



  • Carefinder connects parents and babysitters on their matching site. They have connected hundreds of families and sitters in both the expat community and Japanese community. Many of their babysitters are bilingual. The site is in both English and Japanese so it is easier for expat families new to Japan to find a babysitter..


Japan does have a well-developed daycare system.  The Japanese word for a daycare center is hoikuen and there are both public and private centers all across Tokyo.  Unfortunately, for the most part, they are not English-speaking so enrolling in them can be challenging.  See the below links for some tips on enrolling in Japanese daycare.



If you want to enroll your child in pre-school, below are a few options that cater to English speakers in the Tokyo area.

ABC International School

ABC International School

Azabu International School

Azabu International School
  • This is a pre-school catering to children ages 15 months to 5 years of age located in Minato-ku.

Yokohama Christian School

Yokohama Christian School

List of International Schools and Pre-school in Tokyo & Yokohama area  >> /info/school/

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