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New instructors sought for child care centers

Date Posted: 2010-05-06

Requirements for after school child care centers is sending Okinawa Prefecture scrambling to hire more than 100 new instructions to fill positions in the fast-growing business.

More than ¥200 million in a one-year subsidy program is being used to hire workers for the facilities, which take care of children of working parents and single parents while the parents work. Prefecture officials say the new instructors will be used in area field employment. Instructors will work as study group coordinators and trainers.

After school care is expensive, and Okinawa’s been hardest hit among the country’s prefectures because of low income and high expenses. Nationwide, 83% of children’s care centers are operated by as public facilities, but in Okinawa, only 7% of day care centers belong to public organizations. Nationwide, the average charge per child in 41.8% of facilities is less than ¥5,000, with the balance, 46.4% of the centers, costing ¥5,000~10,000. On Okinawa, the average cost of putting a child in day care is ¥12,000~15,000.


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