Mitsui Gardens International Preschool (EWA Children’s Garden Preschool)
Mitsui Gardens preschool provides your child with an excellent developmentally appropriate, play-based education. It is open from September to June and programming is also available during the summer for children from 15 months to 5 years of age.
The Employees’ Welfare Association is affiliated with the American Embassy in Tokyo.
The Mitsui Gardens International Preschool was established in the 1970’s and is located in the eleven-acre park-like grounds of the Mitsui American Embassy Housing Compound, in Minato-ku, Tokyo. Within the compound there is a large grassy field, which affords our children generous outdoor play space, a playground, wading pool and a gym. The school is housed in three spacious classrooms on the ground level, facing a beautiful Japanese garden with ponds, waterfalls and small bridges and islands where one can observe birds and fish. The classrooms are air-conditioned and have private toileting facilities.
The Preschool exists for the benefit of American Embassy employees who are given priority on spaces available. Remaining openings are made available.
Each day’s schedule is carefully planned to provide developmentally appropriate activities designed to present children with opportunities which entice them to explore and learn through experiences.
The activities follow the framework set forth in Beyond Centers and Circle Time developed by the Center for Childhood Research and Training located in Tallahassee, Florida and The Creative Curriculum for Early Childhood developed by Teaching Strategies, Inc. located in Washington, D.C., USA. These curricula provide our staff with clear and concrete ways to apply child development research and learning theories in our classrooms.
The staff of the Mitsui Gardens International Preschool is composed of professionals who love and respect children, are well-versed in stages of child development and are responsive to children’s needs.
The school has such classes:
Daisy Class – Ages 15 months to 24 months (Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Drop-off time is 8:15 AM))
Tulip Class – Ages 18 months to 36 months (Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Drop-off time is 8:15 AM))
Sunflower Class – Ages 3 years to 4 years (Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (Drop-off time is 8:15 AM))
Rose Class – Ages 4 years to 5 years (Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (Drop-off time is 8:15 AM))
Clover Class – Ages 15 months to 5 years (Monday – Friday, 12:15 PM to 6:00 PM)