Alex Batten

Tokyo Association of International Preschools

Alex Batten has over two decades of experience in the international school sector, as well as being on the board of directors of one of the largest daycare firms in the country. He is beginning his fourth year as the president of the Tokyo Association of International Preschools and a published education researcher who has presented at multiple international conferences.


The International Preschool Market in Japan

Sun, Feb 14, 16:45-17:30 JST

International Early Childhood Education centers are booming, growing to over 2000 schools in two decades. Traditionally privately owned or run by NPO/religious organizations, large companies, banks, investment firms and tech companies have become involved. Student focus has shifted to include both Japanese families and more permanent foreign residents as visa laws have allowed more foreigners to live and work in Japan. This presentation will examine the state of the industry in light of these changes, COVID-19 and what we might see in the coming decade. Special attention will be paid to those hoping to get involved in the sector in the near future, as an employee, owner or investor. Audience aimed at: Kindergarten and below. School Owners. Language of the Presentation: English