Kindergarten teachers to get easier exam to obtain nursery license
News On Japan via Japan Times -- Jul 18
The welfare ministry plans to help kindergarten teachers get a nursery teacher license by allowing them to take an easier certification exam, as a new type of merged child-care facility is expected to increase and having both certificates will be necessary.
The preferential treatment for kindergarten teachers will start no later than fiscal 2015, according to government sources.
Under a draft plan for new child-rearing support system to be introduced possibly the same year, the government aims to increase the number of the new facilities that integrate the functions of kindergartens and day care centers to cope with the serious shortage of nurseries.
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