Commercial Babysitting Services

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Searching for A Sitter by Diane Wiltshire (author of the book, Japan for Kids)

There was a column in the Tokyo Journal regarding babysitting services (March 1996). A reprint follows. This column's information is incomplete, for example Tom Sawyer also has an office in Yokohama, I think. So keep digging for more info. And pass any updates on to me, so I can include them in this info-package!

CULTURE BAY Newborns to 12-year-olds. No registration or annual fees. Will cook/clean for an extra fee if child is over 3. Foreign language sitters available if reserved in advance. 5-23-4-403 Higashi Gotanda, Shinagawa-ku (3444-9255, fax: 3441-3940)

JAPAN BABYSITTER'S SERVICE 24-hour service, specializing in newborns to 6-year-olds. Foreign-language sitters available. Annual members fee: (yen)20,000. (yen)4200/3 hours, (yen)1200/additional hour. Shuwa Jingu Residence 501, 3-3-16 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku (3423-1251, fax: 3423-6738

KINDER NETWORK Registration: (yen)20,000 with (yen)5000 annual fees. (yen)1800/hour. Special curriculum for children, based on age. Group or party sitting available. Consulting for newborns, nanny service. Villa Moderna B503, 1-3-8 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku (3486-8278, fax: 3409-0594)

NIPPON BABYSITTER Sitters available on a part-time or regular basis. Will pick up kids after school. English-speaking sitters available. (yen)1300/hour (daytime), (yen)1700/hour (nighttime). Daito Bldg. 302, 2-41-7 Minami Urawa, Urawa-shi, Saitama-ken (048-882-1357), Tokyo (3822-8058).

POPPINS SERVICE Very expensive, very high society. 24-hour hotline service to doctors from Seiyoka International Hospital and Poppins Nanny Schools (where all sitters are trained). Registration: (yen)50,000 for one or two children, plus annual (yen)10,000 fee. Trial course available for (yen)10,000/4 hours. (yen)1600-(yen)2500/hour. Tech Hiroo, 15F, 1-10-5 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku (3447-2100).

REIYUKAI BABYSITTER SHOKAIJO Experienced sitters for newborns to 9-year-olds, (yen)1000/hour (daytime), (yen)1200/hour (nighttime). 1-10-4 and 1-7-8 Azabu-dai, Minato-ku (3586-7852).

TOKYO DOMESTIC SERVICE CENTER Started 37 years ago. All sitters have over 10 years experience. English-speaking sitters available if requested in advance. 6-10-42-314 Akasaka, Minato-ku (3584-4769).

TOM SAWYER AGENCY Can provide a sitter around the clock for newborns to 12-year-olds. (yen)3000/3 hours, (yen)1200/additional hour. Annual fee of (yen)10,000 entitles you to discount rates. Call by 8 pm the day before you require service. Grandspot 105, 22-17 Sakuragaokacho, Shibuya-ku (3770-9530)

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