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11-10-2009, 03:12 PM

Originally Posted by ozkai View Post
I dodn't believe Kindergarten teachers in Japan have any formal qualifications. I may be wrong.

Having said that, I would not fancy enrolling my son in an all local Kindergarten.
You`ve heard wrong. There is a series of examinations and courses you must go through to receive your qualification to become a kindergarten teacher. You`re also required to take part in 2 refresh courses a year (usually done during summer break).

In a daycare, there has to be one certified caretaker per every 3 for children over 3, and 1 out of every 2 for children below that.

Qualifications are very strict, as are examinations of the buildings and their cleanliness, etc.

The biggest difference between what is termed as a "certified" preschool/kindergarten and an "uncertified" one is the curriculum. Certified are required to teach so much, while uncertified are not required to do any "teaching" at all.

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