Child Care

The OIST Child Development Center is now operating from 9:00 - 18:00 until further notice.

The After School and Full Day After School Program (offered during CDC vacation periods) will operate normally for children aged K-Grade 6.

Families whose children receive childcare from both Onna Kindergarten and the OIST CDC/SAP are now requested to choose and use a single provider. This is to reduce any risk from cross-contamination between the two facilities.

If you are working from home or staying at home with your children, the OIST Recreation Services Team has gathered these helpful resources to share with your family.

Thank you to all parents for your support and cooperation during this especially challenging time.  We are doing our best to keep a safe environment for the children and staff here at Tedako.  Hand sanitizers were made available at the request of parents at the entrance of the CDC last week in addition to the ones that are kept outside each classroom on the shoe boxes.  Please feel free to use them.

It has been difficult to purchase masks since February however we received and distributed reusable masks for our staff on Monday (04/06) from the Ministry of Health Labor and Welfare.  We require staff to wear them when they serve food as per our safe food handling policy.

Many parents have been asking about fees in the case of not attending the CDC (self quarantine, exclusion from the CDC and CDC Closure).  All childcare fees must remain in place. Our CDC Staff are OIST employees and in common with other OIST staff- will be entitled to continuing salary payment in the event that all but the most critical activities on campus are suspended.  The fees paid by parents and carers contribute an essential one third of the ongoing CDC staff salary bill.  The sustainability of the CDC requires fees to be maintained during this challenging time and we hope parents will be understanding.  The CDC cannot shed staff for a period of closure or expect to recruit replacement staff successfully at short notice when services resume.  Furthermore, CDC staff will be undertaking professional development, planning and other work while children are home.

For those families who receive childcare subsidy from the local village/city office, we have confirmed that in the case of CDC closure, your family is still eligible to receive subsidy.

For planning purposes, food for school lunch and snack is ordered 1 week before school lunch and snack is served, therefore fees will remain for at least one week after notification of children's absences for voluntary self quarantine and we will be waiving the change of contract fee for those that cancel school lunch and snack to voluntarily self quarantine.  For those that are remaining at home until further notice due to COVID-19 we will need advance notice to order lunch and snack before your child returns to the CDC.  Please contact the CDC office to confirm lunch and snack preparations can be made for your child's return back to the CDC so that we can be ready.  We currently have about 20 families who are keeping their children at home to practice social distancing and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Many events and off campus field trips have been canceled so far and we do not know when it will be safe to hold mass gatherings and go off campus.  We will reallocate the unused cost from canceled events to other events and any unused fee will be credited to your childcare fee at the end of the fiscal year (March 2021). 

If your family encounters financial hardship during this time, please contact the CDC director directly to discuss payment options or having fees waived.

The leadership team at the CDC will be closely monitoring the situation and we will follow the Government. MLHW/Prefectural/Local Village and OIST for guidance for closure should the threat of COVID-19 become more serious.  Please know that the health and safety of your children and our staff are our biggest priorities.  We will follow OIST/Prefecture/Village guidelines for CDC Closure.  In the case of CDC closure, we will work with the companies to get a refund, but families may have to pay up to one week's worth of school lunch and snack if the food has already been purchased if it is too late to cancel due to the timing of the closure.

We are all anxious about the increase of cases of COVID-19 in Okinawa recently.  The CDC remains open, but we request that if you do not need childcare, or if your supervisor allows teleworking during time, please consider keeping your child at home and practice social distancing to protect your family.

Maintaining class ratios for safety is always a priority for us.  We expect our staff to stay home if unwell to prevent the spread the any sickness and some may need to stay home with their own families.  If our childcare staff are unable to work, we have several operational procedures to maintain safe ratios.  This includes the use of temp staff as substitutes or group leaders as covers, combining classes, moving children temporarily to another class.  Tedako CDC is not expected to reduce its hours at this time, but as it becomes more challenging to have the appropriate staff, we may need to reduce our hours from 8:00-6:00 to 9:00-6:00.

We have also been finding ways for our staff, to work from home if they cannot come to work and they are working on content to share with those families who are staying home and social distancing.  At this time there are about 20 children who are being kept home from school and we look forward to sharing this with you soon.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding and please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions or concerns.

Updated April 8, 2020

Thank you very much for your support and cooperation.

As I write this many of you are on your way to pick up and I can hear the happy voices of children playing outside with their friends and teachers.

Since we will be closing the Kafuu class until further notice, this includes excluding all staff who worked in the Kafuu class within this week.  We will need to reduce our operational hours to be able to maintain safe ratios with the manpower that still remains. 

We will open from 9:00 tomorrow and close daily at 6:00.  We will continue reduced operational hours until we have enough staff to remain open from 8:00.

Please also note that we will need to combine classrooms, and teachers will be shifted to work in multiple classrooms to be able to provide a proper rest time to each teacher.

Please let me know if you have any further questions or concerns.

​As you know we are doing everything we can to take precautionary measures against COVID-19.

We have been advised that a family member of a child in our Kafuu classroom has reported symptoms of concern. There is no confirmation of COVID-19, but the child has nonetheless been kept at home today.  The Okinawa Health Office has been notified of this case, in addition to the OIST Occupational Health Doctor and Provost.

Given this development, we are closing our Kafuu classroom for 2 weeks starting from tomorrow (4/9/2020).   If your child is in this classroom, we are very sorry, but we will be unable to provide childcare during the next two weeks.  Siblings of those in Kafuu class need also to be excluded. Based on current information and a thorough assessment by the leadership, health and safety and medical advisors, we do not consider it necessary to close other classes, but you may choose to keep your children at home for additional reassurance.

We will of course keep you regularly updated.

Our CDC and After School Programs (SAP) are continuing to provide high quality care for your children.

Thank you very much for observing our recent advice on infection prevention, the updated guidance on international and national travel, and what to do if your child is unwell.

Okinawa’s elementary, junior high and high schools have extended a period of closure until April 21. Some local schools are still going ahead with their welcome ceremonies in the days ahead. We would like CDC/SAP parents and carers not to attend these large gatherings. Attendance would not be compatible with our guidance on social distancing. I hope you will understand.

In addition, any families whose children receive childcare from both Onna Kindergarten and the OIST CDC/SAP are now requested to choose and use a single provider. This is to reduce any risk from cross-contamination between the two facilities.

Many parents and teachers are anxious about COVID-19 with the increase in cases in Okinawa and mainland Japan recently.  The CDC remains open, but we request that if you do not need childcare, or if your supervisor allows teleworking during this time, please consider keeping your child at home and practice social distancing to protect your family.

As we remain open, we request your cooperation to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to keep our school community healthy. Please read the following carefully and let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

  • We have a new thermometer. It has to capacity to rapidly scan to get a temperature reading without physical contact, so there is no chance of transmitting any harmful germs if anyone is infected. Mitsue Sensei will set up a table in between the two CDC buildings near the office from 8:00-9:30. Please take your child to her to be scanned before dropping your child off in his or her classroom. We will record your child's temperature on the form. If you arrive after 9:30, please take your child to the office to be scanned before dropping him or her off to your child's class teacher.
  • Please continue to share information with your class teachers about your children's health conditions, especially when kept home from school.
  • We will continue to exclude Non-Essential visitors. All visits and guest speakers/performers have been postponed or canceled until further notice.
  • Teachers and Staff are discouraging children from touching their face, especially mouth and nose.
  • As always, we are following our hand washing procedure and policy and ensuring that the children are too. Please also continue to encourage children to wash hands often at home.
  • We are keeping our regular disinfecting and cleaning schedule and procedures.
  • Any CDC Staff who travel outside of Okinawa are subject to self-quarantine, as stipulated by OIST. We currently have 3 CDC Staff on self-quarantine.
  • Teachers are checking their temperatures daily, staff with a fever of 37.5 are asked to remain at home until they are fever free for 24 hours. If fever is combined with respiratory symptoms the exclusion is longer.
  • Maintaining class ratios for safety is always a priority for us. We expect our staff to stay home if unwell to prevent the spread of any sickness and some may need to stay home with their own children. If our childcare staff are unavailable to work, we have several operational procedures to maintain safe ratios. This includes the use of temp staff as substitutes or group leaders as cover, combining classes, moving children temporarily to another class. Tedako CDC is not expected to do reduce its operations at this time as we have appropriate staff to remain open from 8:00-1800.
  • The leadership team at the CDC will be closely monitoring the situation and we will follow the Government/MHLW/Prefectural/ Local Village and OIST for guidance for closure should the threat of COVID-19 become more serious. Please know that health and safety of your children and our staff are our biggest priority.

Thank you for continuing to keep the CDC community safe by following all of our health guidelines.  

Just to remind you the current MHLW (Ministry Health Labor and Welfare) guidelines recommend, children who have a temperature with 37.5 or above and /or respiratory symptoms should be excluded from childcare. The CDC is following these guidelines and has tightened it's exclusion criteria.  As such, we are no longer allowing children with temperatures of 37.5 and above to attend the CDC.

As you are aware, each morning we are asking you to take your child's temperature before entering their classroom.  We are carrying out a second temperature check in the afternoon, 30 minutes after nap time.  After you have taken your child's temperature, please disinfect the thermometer.  We are posting guidelines outside each classroom, as to how to take your child's temperature and how to clean the equipment.  We are investigating easier ways to take the children's temperature and we will keep you posted.

With respect to respiratory symptoms, we are allowing children with a cough to attend as long as they have a the Tedako CDC Medical Certificate Form with Doctor's permission to attend group childcare.  The OIST Industrial Physician recommends that families make an appointment with their child's regular Health Care provider to obtain this medical certificate.  We have heard from some families that their regular clinic doctor has been unable or unwilling to provide these certificates.  The CDC has a list of clinics who have provided certificates, contact us individually if you require this information.

The OIST Clinic/ Health Center has limited capacity to see patients.  If you are experiencing the same symptoms as your child, it may be possible for you to be seen together at the OIST Health Clinic.  Please contact the OIST Health Clinic in advance (email preferred) health@oist.jp

Location: B234, Level B, Center Building

Opening Hours: 9:30-17:00

Contact: 098-966-8945

It is the CDC's usual policy that parents cannot pick up their children during nap time.  In the case of a parent becoming ill and needing to pick up their child early, we are relaxing this policy.  If you develop a fever we ask you not to enter the CDC.  Under these circumstances, we will bring your child to you at the Main entrance to the CDC.  Please contact the office at 098-982-3338 if you need us to do this.

We want to again thank you for your support and cooperation while we navigate this challenging situation.

For parents who do not work at OIST, I have attached the latest message (attachment 1 and attachment 2) from Vice President of Communications and Public Relations of OIST, Jonathan Ray regarding preventative measures OIST is taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Please take a look.

As per the new OIST policy, if anyone in your household has traveled outside of Japan anyone the members in the household must self quarantine for a period of 14 days.  This means that children can not come to the CDC if they have traveled or in anyone in their household has traveled outside of Okinawa until after a 14 day quarantine.

The arrival date to Okinawa should be counted as Day 0. (The average incubation period for COVID-19 is said to be 5-6 days after the exposure.)  

The household under quarantine need to be symptom free for 14 days. If you have any suspicious symptoms, please contact the OIST health center. health@oist.jp (phone number 098-982-8945)

Upon arrival at the CDC we will double-check that families under quarantine had no suspicious symptoms during the period. If they say they had, we will contact the OIST Health Center and they will conduct an interview and decide what to do.

Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation.

Thank you for your continued support to keep our school community healthy.

As the COVID-19 guidelines are changing based on the current situation I want to update you but I also want to encourage you to continue to keep good hygiene, such as hand washing and keeping fingernails short because this is good practice for all communicable sickness and although COVID-19 is not present at the CDC now, we are dealing with many cases of sickness such gastroenteritis, and as of today, one case of Strep Throat. 

  • As of Monday, March 9, Children who have any respiratory symptoms (such as cough) can return to school once cough has subsided or after consultation from a medical professional.  Please see the attached document for details.

We hope that you have a wonderful weekend, and please practice social isolation and stay away from crowded events. 

The CDC Preschool Program will remain open. For those parents who are not OIST employees, I have attached a message from OIST President Peter Gruss which was sent on Friday.

We request your cooperation to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to keep our school community healthy. Please read the following carefully and let us know if you have any questions or concerns. 

  • We are implementing a daily temperature check for all children upon drop off. Please take your child's temperature and record it on the form next to the attendance sheet each morning.
  • Based on the guidance from MHLW, we are tightening our exclusion policy from a temperature of 38 degrees to a temp of 37.5. Child who are coughing cannot attend to school.
  • We will quarantine all children who are not well in our office/ sick bay. Please come and pick up your child promptly when called to do so.
  • Please continue to share information with your class teachers about your children's health conditions, especially when kept home from school.
  • We ask you to be aware of the sharp increase in infection in areas outside of Okinawa and seriously assess the need to travel. If you decide to travel, please let us know where and when you are traveling to. If traveling to a high-risk area, we will consult with the OIST Health Center about any preventative measures required before children can be admitted back into our care.
  • In addition to the required health check for new children to the preschool program, OIST Health Center, Dr. Mori is checking the health condition of families new to OIST before children start at the CDC.
  • Off campus field trips to public places have been postponed or canceled.
  • Events within the CDC will be scaled down, postponed, or canceled. Upcoming events that are affected are the Hinamatusri Musical Performance, Monthly Birthday Celebration, Preschool and Kindergarten Graduation, and Undokai (Sports Day). More details will be available next week as we are still finalizing the details.
  • We will continue to exclude Non-Essential visitors. All visits and guest speakers/performers have been postponed or canceled until further notice.
  • Teachers and Staff are discouraging children from touching their face, especially mouth and nose.
  • As always, we are following our hand washing procedure and policy and ensuring that the children are too. Please also continue to encourage children to wash hands often at home.
  • We are keeping our regular disinfecting and cleaning schedule and procedures.
  • Maintaining class ratios for safety is always a priority for us. We expect our staff to stay home if unwell to prevent the spread of sickness and some may need to stay home with their own children. If our childcare staff are unavailable to work, we have several operational procedures to maintain safe ratios. This includes the use of temp staff as substitutes or group leaders as cover, combining classes, moving children temporarily to another class. SAP is reducing service time by an hour to ensure enough staffing for the full day after school program to provide childcare for those children whose elementary school closed suddenly. Tedako CDC is not expected to do reduce its operations at this time as we have appropriate staff to remain open from 8:00-1800. 
  • The leadership team at the CDC will be closely monitoring the situation and we will follow the Government/MHLW/Prefectural/ Local Village and OIST for guidance for closure should the threat of COVID-19 become more serious. Please know that health and safety of your children and our staff are our biggest priority.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a series of national measures to assist with containment of the COVID-19 coronavirus. These included a request that all elementary, junior high and high schools close, and do not reopen until after the Spring Break. This will understandably have a serious impact on many working families with school age children.

Parents should know that – worldwide – the children who acquire and develop symptoms from COVID-19 have coped extremely well. Clinical data confirms that the impact of this virus can be far more severe on the elderly and those in poor health. Serious cases affecting children have been exceptionally rare. Of course, young people can still spread infection to adults and classmates. Closing schools is consistent with the government’s other steps in relation to travel, large gatherings, cancellation of public events, and prevention of infection. Already many schools in Okinawa have confirmed closure.

The Ministry of Health and Welfare has clarified that PM Abe’s request does not apply to day care centers for children, and after-school facilities for elementary school students. Given this context, the OIST Child Development Center will operate on the basis of business-as-usual until further notice. We will of course keep the situation under very careful ongoing review. The After School and Full Day After School Program (offered during CDC vacation periods) will also operate normally for children aged K-Grade 6

As all of you know, COVID-19 has been diagnosed in Okinawa.  We want to share some information about precautions we are taking to help keep our children safe.

Our cleaning procedure is that each morning, all the surfaces in the room are wiped down with bleach. The surface of the mats are also wiped each day. Before eating, tables are wiped down again. Bathroom conditions are kept clean.

In addition to our hand washing policy, which includes hand washing in our daily schedule, teachers are also discouraging children from finger sucking / placing hands in their mouth and encouraging children to keep hands away from their noses and eyes.  We also encourage you to emphasize hand washing at home with your children.

We are limiting access to the CDC and school age program community by postponing or canceling visitors to the CDC.

We will continue to monitor the situation and remain in contact with and follow directions from Okinawa Prefecture Government, OIST clinical staff and executive leadership in order provide the safest childcare environment possible

We would like to encourage your families to stay away from crowds and crowded places during this outbreak and ask families to refrain from unnecessary travel

We will continue to update you with any new policies or changes.  Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.