Minna-san ogenki desu ka? Hisashiburi desu ne.
I know its been a while since I last posted and this blog is a long overdue post. You might be wondering why I havent blog anything lately, because first I dont have a laptop anymore . I’m just using my son’s ipad so I can update my blogsite and second is I’m always busy juggling between being a mother and a working mother.
I work 8 hours a day and sometimes I also do a 30 mins to an hour of overtime. My work requires a lot of strength and its very tiring. But I dont have a choice but to stick with it. Having a a full time job puts your child on top of the priority list.
Basically this blog post is about my “ordeal” or should I rather say a rant? with the hoikuen application in our city. This dilemma doesnt only happen in our city but to others as well. The number of hoikuen can not comply with the number of applicants. Who said that Japan has a birth rate problem huh?
In our city, there are 200+ who got rejected in this year alone, especially for those children who belongs to the group of 0-2 yrs old class. My son belongs to that group and yes we got rejected TWICE! Last year. Even before we applied for the hoikuen, I was already working full time. Making sure that our application would be accepted. In order for me to work fulltime, we invited my parents over under a visiting relative visa. Imagine the cost that we’ve spent just so my son could get accepted. Still, they rejected us twice.
We also tried to apply in a ninkagai hoikuen ( private daycare) but it is already full. Aside from that, this kind of hoikuen is not cheap. It will probably cost 5man or 6 man per month. Yikes!
We have the option to leave my son in the Philippines and let my parents take care of him. But we can not bare it, just thinking about it makes our heart broke into pieces. I know that the better option would be me not working and take care of our son. But financially speaking, we can not afford it. With the high cost of living in this country. I can not bare to watch my husband work to death just so he could provide us our needs.
Since we got rejected twice last year, we re-applied for the 2019 school year that will start on April 2019. Results were released by the end of January 2019 and guess what? We are not rejected but put on a waiting list! I was devastated by it. Like What the heck right?
None of the three hoikuens that I chose is available. The closest one is the best option among the 3, but we are put 2nd on their waiting list. Meaning, we have to wait until someone will back out and choose another hoikuen. Since I dont want to wait because it will only give me false hopes. I asked them if they can put my son to any available hoikuen. And so they did. They put us on an available hoikuen that is 25-30 minutes away from our house and another 20-25 mins away from my working place by car. Where in fact, the closest one is only 100 meters away and they didnt even bother to consider to put my son in there.
We have no choice but to accept what they offer despite of the distance. Imagine the time that goes to travelling alone. The hoikuen starts at 7:30 am, I have to hurry every single day because I need to be in the company by 8:05 am. Imagine my ordeal during this hours because hello? Its a rush hour. During these hours, busy people like myself are also in a hurry going to their respective jobs and group of children who walks to school will take over the side roads. You really have to have PATIENCE during these hours.
Overall, the hoikuen was fine and not too crowded. But the real problem here is that, this hoikuen will only cater small children from 1-2 yrs old. So, we have to find another hoikuen for the next year that will cater 3-5 yrs old. Application for the next school year will start this September 26 until the end of October. Then, the results will be released by mid of January. I just hope that the results next year will be favorable in our part.
If you are planning to put your child (0-2 yrs old) in the hoikuen, my advice would be apply for the next school year. Because the chances of getting in is very slim if you apply mid school year.
I wish you all good luck!