Corona Impact Online Childcare May 22 exchange with nursery teachers and children online 15:28
Due to the new coronavirus, efforts are spreading to help nursery teachers interact with children through the Internet to encourage children who cannot attend nursery schools and kindergartens to have a good time at home.
A nursery school in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo offers a 30-minute online conference system for 30 minutes on weekdays from last month.
The nursery teacher sings to the children at home, and enjoys gymnastics together and sings English songs.
The company that runs the nursery provides these online childcare services at about 200 facilities, including daycare centers.
In addition, in order to support parents who work from home while taking care of their children, they are also able to consult about childcare problems by telephone.
The children’s mother said, “In the midst of difficulty going out, there are a variety of menus, such as singing and dancing, which are very enjoyable and positive for children.”
Maiko Goo, president of Poppins, which provides online childcare services, said, “We are starting online childcare with the desire to support children’s daily lives and reduce the burden on parents who work from home. From now on, I think hybrid childcare, which combines online and offline, will become a part of our daily lives.”
On the other hand, there is also a widespread use of services that distribute videos such as dancing and hand-playing by childcare workers on smartphones to children and parents.
The mechanism of this service is that it companies in Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, have been offering it free of charge from this month, and so far more than 700 facilities, including nurseries nationwide, have been using it.
Kazuhiro Yamauchi, director of Kameido Kindergarten in Koto-ku, Tokyo, who uses the service, said, “It’s rewarding for the children to talk to me through videos.”
Daigo Iketani, president of Smart Education, an IT company that developed this mechanism, said, “In the future, we would like to develop a system that enables live streaming and two-way communication.”