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!