Introduction of companies, organizations, and individuals who support and cooperate with CGK
Childcare and education at CGK are made possible by the cooperation of many people involved with CGK. Through their interactions with the local community, students feel a sense of being part of the local community and their responsibilities, and learn a variety of lessons.
Here we introduce some of the wonderful companies, organizations, and individuals who make childcare and education at CGK more fulfilling and attractive.
Fitness Club BREEZBAY
Swimming instruction in a private indoor heated pool
The benefits of swimming from an early age include "building basic physical strength," "improving cardiopulmonary functions," "increasing resistance to colds," "developing well-balanced muscles throughout the body," and "preparing for accidents in the river or ocean," etc. Many families have their children learn swimming outside school.
CGK Preschool rents a heated indoor swimming pool and offers 14 swimming lessons per year by professional coaches. The program is very popular.
A Swimming Report Card is sent home every six months to update parents regarding their children's swimming ability. In addition, the pool uses Clear & Humics, a water purification solution that protects and moisturizes the skin while detoxifying any harm from chlorine.
Intellectual education for children from 3 years old to elementary school
They nurture "the ability to think logically" through two approaches: Pygmalion (math) and Logic Engine (Japanese).
Italian Restaurant "PRIMO"
Food education activities through authentic Italian cuisine
After returning to Japan after studying starred restaurants and local cuisine throughout Italy, owner-chef Mr. Suwaki worked as executive chef of the famous Italian restaurant "Campuza" in Yokohama for seven years after its establishment before launching this restaurant "PRIMO".
Normally, preschool children are not allowed to enter Primo, but CGK rents out the restaurant so that children can enjoy authentic Italian cuisine and experience "enjoying a meal" through the experience of enjoying a luxurious full-course meal as a family.
In the past, CGK has cooperated with our food education in various ways, including cooking lessons in making colzetti and having vegetables harvested at Fujimata Farms actually served to customers at the restaurant (learning about distribution).
Italian Restaurant "imPasto"
Food education: Handmade pizza experience
Opened in Motomachi, Yokohama in April 2022, ImPasto is a sister restaurant of Italian restaurant PRIMO. It also boasts pizzas baked in a wood-fired oven.
CGK has provided students with very valuable experiences, such as actually going to ImPasto to experience making pizza and pasta.
Food Education: Agricultural Experience
Every year, CGK consults with Fujimata Farms (Asahi-ku, Yokohama) about their annual food education plan in advance, and they grow vegetables in accordance with the plan. It is not just a "harvesting and having fun" experience, but the entire process of weed pulling, plowing, planting, and harvesting is experienced in the actual field.
We also ask for their cooperation in making the food education experience as special as possible by reporting on the growth of the vegetables with photos and raising the children's interest in food in preparation for the harvest event.
Professional basketball team; CGK is a partner company (Excellence Business Club)
A professional basketball team based at the Yokohama Budokan.
In 2001, Yokohama Excellence was founded as an amateur men's basketball team. After winning the Tokyo Championship and finishing third in the All-Japan Club Basketball Championships the team turned professional and became Tokyo Excellence in 2012 to continue their success and growth.
On July 1, 2021, the club relocated to Yokohama and became Yokohama Excellence to reflect its new home. In the 2022/23 season, the club finished third in the B3 League. With the 2023/24 B3 League season starting in October, Yokohama Excellence will continue its goal to win the B3 championship and be promoted to B2, and CGK also supports as a partner company.
ART-LABO NEKOTOYAGI: Mr. Jun
Awareness of LGBTQ+ and Diversity
CGK invites Mr. Jun, a transgender person who works as an active nanny, as a guest every year to give a special lesson on understanding LGBTQ+ and diversity through the concept of "difference", which is easy for children to understand.
Rather than assuming things are right and denying others, we hope that by becoming aware of diversity, children will have the opportunity to build a foundation that they can remember when they grow up and expand their circle of encounters in the future.
Food Education: LED Growing Farm Facility Visit
Located in the hip Higashihakuraku, Iconic Stage makes delightful and original sweets and snacks using edible flowers, herbs, and leafy vegetables. These ingredients are grown in their in-house farm that uses LEDs and hydroponics.
CGK students are learning about various forms of agriculture through a food education experience that differs from the usual farm experience, such as a tour and explanation of this LED cultivation facility (3rd floor) and eating flowers and vegetables grown in this facility decorated into pancakes at the restaurant on the first floor.
Blind singer-songwriter Ryuta Kuriyama
Blindness Experience at Eyes Day
Every year on October 10, Eyes Day, CGK tells students about visually impaired people and guide dogs, and we invite Mr. Kuriyama (and his guide dog, Angie), who is an employee of a special school for the blind and himself visually impaired and lives with a guide dog, to actually come and give a special lesson.
Mr. Kuriyama's lesson is very meaningful in terms of learning about diversity, but the penetration of "diversity" is still shallow in Japan, and many things have yet to be realized. We hope that through this kind of experience, children's thinking and behavior will change and lead to the future in a positive way.
Kanagawa Kaigan Bikazaidan(かながわ海岸美化財団)
SDGs: Life Below Water
The Kanagawa Kaigan Bikazaidan is the only organization in Japan that specializes in beach cleanups, raising awareness about beach cleanups by holding school caravans and beach cleanups, and providing support for volunteer beach cleanups.
CGK also offers lessons focusing on marine life and the marine plastic problem, and with the cooperation of the Kanagawa Kaigan Bikazaidan, we offer a workshop on "Making a Kaleidoscope of Microplastics".
The children learn through hands-on experience that the marine environment is being destroyed by human hands, and that this has an impact on marine life and us humans. We also talk about what we can do to help, and support the children in gaining awareness of the SDGs through their own learning experiences.
Youho Eigo Kentei (Test of English for Early Childhood Educators)
CGK Offers Kannai Campus as Yokohama Venue
This English test is administered by Youho Eigo Kentei Kyokai (Organization of English for Early Childhood Educators). Youho Eigo Kentei (Test of English for Early Childhood Educators) is designed for early childhood educators based on the daily routines and annual curriculum of Japanese preschools and kindergartens.
CGK offers Kannai Campus as Yokohama venue. The test gives test takers a guideline to increase their language and comprehension levels, of both Japanese and English, by focusing on early childhood education and by assessing reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Some of CGK staff members take the test, too.
Tokyo Association of International Preschools (TAIP)
Preschool Foreign Teachers to Improve the Quality of Early Childhood Education
The Tokyo Association of International Preschools (TAIP) was established with the mission to support international preschools in the Tokyo area in terms of networking, staff development, parent education, and publicity.
While there are many training programs in Japan for teachers to improve their skills in Japanese, there are not many training programs in English. Therefore, CGK has joined TAIP to provide an environment where non-Japanese staff can attend workshops in English so that they can improve their skills, thereby contributing to the overall improvement of CGK.
Machinaka Ryugaku (まちなか留学)
Easy Homestay Experience in Japan!
Their mission is to create a society where having friends in every country is commonplace. They plan, develop, and operate various international exchange education projects. While using English as a communication tool, it allows children to get great educational opportunities by exposing them to diversity which broadens their perspectives.
Some of their initiatives include:
- Machinaka Ryugaku (まちなか留学) - a program that allows people to easily experience homestays with international families in the Kanto and Okinawa regions.
- Machinaka Rogaining (まちなかロゲイニング) - an international exchange program with fun and challenging goals.
- WorldClassroom - an English learning and international exchange platform that connects classrooms worldwide.
CGK and HelloWorld (the operator of Machinaka Ryugaku), have signed an agreement to work together to promote the development of global talent.