I have some good news – my baby got into Ninka Hoikuen!!! (Public Nursery School!) We were extremely lucky in the second round of applications and got into a nursery school in our area.
I think the following 2 reasons really helped our application:
- We expanded our list of preferences to 18 Hoikuens in our area – there is actually only space for 6 Hoikuens on the application form, but I didn’t realise that people write ALOT more down the side and on the back of the application form. By increasing your list of preferences, you not only increase the chances of getting into one of the Hoikuens, but you also show how eager you are to get in.
- My sister-in-law helped us write a one-page letter in Japanese to submit with our application, explaining how important it was for us to get our baby into Hoikuen.
Thank you so much Izumi for your help!!!!! We are so excited to finally get in!!!