Day care in Korea

My husband and I visited a day care center located near our apartment last Saturday morning. They are called 어린이집 (eo-ri-ni jib or children’s house) here. I’ll go back to school for my Masters next fall and I want to send my son there earlier so he’ll get used to it. There are privately-owned and government-run children’s house. The one we chose is managed by the local district office. Both charges 327,000 won (around US$320 ) for a two-year old child. That doesn’t include food and other things that could come up later.

The center opens at 7:30 AM until 7:30 PM but if you want to leave your child longer, then you’ll have to pay an additional. I was surprised to see young kids there on a Saturday. There were about a dozen when we visited. They accept children as young as 3-months! I saw baby cribs in one of the rooms. We were given a tour by the manager and she also told us about the activities that they have. We asked if it’s possible to just put our son there for a maximum four hours a day until fall. The fee is the same! So we just decided to wait until the summer. I can’t imagine leaving my son there at his age for 12 hours!

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  • March 31, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    Awww, it is not as bad as you think! But yes, if there is another option (and a cheaper one), I would go with that. What about babysitters?

    I *might* be going for my Masters next Fall too. It all depends on how my other plans turn out. What university are you going to? Is it one of Korea’s “big three?”

    Thanks for answering all my weird questions about Korea btw!


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