STEPS English Play Group Saitama 

Updated March 2016

The STEPS system is undergoing some changes. There are still weekly meet ups, but not on a fixed day or in a fixed location. Please join the facebook group for details.

 

Saitama Tots English Playdates (STEPS) https://www.facebook.com/groups/saitamasteps/

 

Updated March 2015

STEPS weekly meet up is held on Monday mornings in Kawagoe. All are welcome, however, the (only) condition is that the parent speaks fluent, native or advanced English.  For more information…

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Saitama Tots English Playdates (STEPS) https://www.facebook.com/groups/saitamasteps/

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We have been unable to secure a suitable free location for a playgroup in the Kawagoe area of Saitama. The next option is to look at venues that we would have to pay for. Would you attend the playgroup if you had to pay a weekly charge? How much would you be willing to pay per session? TIA

UPDATE APRIL 17TH 2013

The English play group meetings will not start this month. In the meantime, if you would like to participate in a playdate (English speaking only) in the Kawagoe area, please leave a comment. There will be a gathering next week.

At the start of the school year (April 2013), a foreign friend and I are planning to start an English playgroup for preschool children who are being raised bilingually.  Japanese families who are happy and confident to speak only English during the period of the playgroup, and for all communications about the playgroup, are also most welcome.

The playgroup will be hosted in the Kawagoe area, close to one of the three principal train stations in Kawagoe.  If you would like to be informed of when the playgroup starts and of all additional information, please contact me through this blog and WATCH THIS SPACE!

0 comments on “STEPS English Play Group Saitama 

    1. Elle M N Post author

      I know it can be hard for them sometimes, but it is worth it. Thank you for all your lovely comments.

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    1. Elle Post author

      For the moment it will be geared toward preschoolers as it will be held on a weekday morning. Sorry I didn’t mention that in the blog. Maybe in the future we could try a group for older children. If we do, I will be sure to let you know. 🙂

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  1. Bryan

    I just stubbled upon your blog. My wife (Japanese), my 18month old son and I are heading to saitama to stay with her family from March 25th to April 19th. We’ve been many times before (this will be 2nd with my son). I would be interested to meet up if it works with our schedule.

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    1. Elle Post author

      Thank you so much for your interest. We are getting great response and will try to get more information to you as soon as possible.

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    2. Elle Post author

      if you are still interested we have finally organized a group on Facebook. Please join us at Saitama Tots English Playdates (STEPS)

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  2. Pete and Saori Curham

    We would love to join, our kids are 3 and 4, Dad is a Kiwi and Mum Japanese, we just moved to Hasuda in Saitama on the 1st of March and would love to meet kids to play in English! We will start Kindergarten in April so are super keen for weekend catch-ups.

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    1. Elle Post author

      Great to hear. More information to come very soon!! We’ve been having difficulty with a suitable location, but hope to have it sorted soon.

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    2. Elle Post author

      if you are still interested we have finally organized a group on Facebook. Please join us at Saitama Tots English Playdates (STEPS)

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  3. Elle Post author

    Bumping this for the update! Anyone interested in getting together for an outdoor playdate next week please comment. Thank you

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  4. Elle Post author

    Thanks for all the continued interest. The project is on hold, but hopefully will be on course soon.

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  5. Veeni

    It very interesting we also like to join it.My 5 year & 2year daughters will surly love it.Plz let us know when your going to start on.

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    1. Elle Post author

      Thank you for your comment. I will be sure to update everyone when we have found a place that will take us for a reasonable fee! 🙂

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    2. Elle Post author

      if you are still interested we have finally organized a group on Facebook. Please join us at Saitama Tots English Playdates (STEPS)

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  6. Az

    Hi, you’re doing a great service by organising this play group 🙂 I’m a mother to a young baby, she’s 5 months old. Could we come just to hang out anyway? I’d love to meet other Moms as well 🙂

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    1. Elle Post author

      Thank you for your comment. You and your baby will be most welcome. There will be at least 3 babies younger than 1, hopefully they’ll like the music and finger play. 🙂

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    2. Elle Post author

      if you are still interested we have finally organized a group on Facebook. Please join us at Saitama Tots English Playdates (STEPS)

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  7. Az

    Hi Elle,
    I would like to email you about something, would you mind sharing your email address please? Thank you 🙂

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    1. Elle Post author

      Great Sherilyn, thank you. I will email you back with more information, we’re almost set to go! Elle

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    2. Elle Post author

      if you are still interested we have finally organized a group on Facebook. Please join us at Saitama Tots English Playdates (STEPS)

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  8. Elle Post author

    We have been unable to secure a suitable free location for a playgroup in the Kawagoe area of Saitama. The next option is to look at venues that we would have to pay for. Would you attend the playgroup if you had to pay a weekly charge?

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      1. Elle Post author

        if you are still interested we have finally organized a group on Facebook. Please join us at Saitama Tots English Playdates (STEPS)

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  9. Tim

    Hi there, if anyone is interested on hanging out who also has toddlers and lives in Saitama, please feel free to email noacssandstuff.com. I’m a Kiwi guy, have a 2 and a half year old daughter (and 2 month old son) and would love meet other people with kids to explore local areas, go hiking, have picnics etc.

    Thanks, had previously emailed about the toddler English speaking group and received no response (not sure if this blog is still alive or not), so sorry for posting here

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    1. Elle Post author

      Hi Tim, I am sorry I missed your email. I will try and find it today. The blog and I had to take a little break! 🙂 Where in Saitama are you? All the best, Elle

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      1. Tim

        Hi Elle, no worries thanks for the reply! We’re in Kitamoto, so Ageo, Omiya, Kawagoe are all fairly close 🙂

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        1. Elle Post author

          We go to the children’s park in Kitamoto often!! It is a fantastic park for children. Do you know it? Maybe we can organise a playdate there? I will find your email. 🙂

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    2. Elle Post author

      if you are still interested we have finally organized a group on Facebook. Please join us at Saitama Tots English Playdates (STEPS)

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  10. Amanda Y.

    I am a recent transplant from Ohio, USA, and would like to join the group for playdates if you’re accepting new members. Me and my little family (Japanese husband and 1 1/2-year old daughter) live in Asaka. I’d love to visit Kawagoe! (Will try joining your FB site…)

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    1. Elle Post author

      Hi Amanda, it’s a casual drop in play group, we’d be delighted to have you. Regular attendees have children between 1 and 3 years old. ????

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