I started to work in nursery in my hometown from May. A full-time nurse is pregnant and taking maternity leave for 3 month, and I was fortunately chosen as her substitute even though I don’t have a special qualification.
Generally, people who want to be a nurse need to get a nurse qualification in Japan by going to a special school for 2 years or so. Students learn about little kids and go to real nursery a few times to experience real work.
Since the previous nurse’s pregnant was a kind of emergency, principal of the nursery that took care of me when I was a kid asked me to work in her nursery. I work as a part-time worker, but I go to the nursery Monday through Friday.
In the nursery, there are 5 classes which are divided by age. 0-1 year old baby’s class is called “Hiyoko-gumi (chick class)”, 2-3 years old is “Usagi-gumi (rabbit class)”, 4 years old class is “Koala-gumi (koala bears class)”, 5 years old class is “Panda-gumi (panda class)”, and 6 years old class is “Kirin-gumi (giraffe class). These class names are depending on each nursery. Some nurseries give the name of flowers (peach, dandelion, violet and cherry blossom) and others name birds’ name (crane, Canary, Bush warbler and robin).
In my case, my old nursery has flower names. Did your old nursery have different class name?