Babysitter and Childcare Options in South Korea
Understand the different childcare options available to parents of toddlers in South Korea, including information on babysitters, nannies, au pairs, and nursery schools...
Babysitters are easily available in South Korea and are either paid hourly or daily. There is no compulsory insurance required for a babysitter.
I-dolbom Service (아이돌봄)
This government nursing program allows parents to hire a reliable babysitter from their local area for a reasonable hourly or monthly charge. The basic rate per hour is KRW 7,800 and the government subsidies costs depending on the family's income and the number of children. The following babysitting services are available:
- Monthly babysitting service, which is only for babies under 12 months old
- Daily service, which is for a maximum of four hours
- Night services
- Age: 3 months – 12yrs
- Website: https://www.idolbom.go.kr (website in Korean only)
Parents can apply at their local district office (Gu).
The YMCA has various child care services. They offer babysitters, and they also have a child care center for children between 20 months and eight years old, which is only available by reservation and is paid for on an hourly basis. All YMCA babysitters have civil liability insurance.
- For more information about child care offered by the YMCA: Click here(in Korean)
Nannies and au pairs
Parents can find nannies and au pairs through the government nursing program, Idolbom. Employment agencies also have information about nannies and au pairs.
No compulsory documents or agreements have to be signed by the employer and employee; however, non-Korean nannies and au-pairs can request that an official employment contract is issued and assured by a Korean Job Center.
Child care centers
Child care centers are called Euh Lin E Jip (어린이집) , and they are run by local governments, companies, non-profit organizations, as well as private institutions. Parents decide which center suits their needs and then contact that center directly.
Care centers focus on caring for children, but most have some educational classes for children who are over two years old. They cater for babies and children from the ages of three months to five years old, and are open from 07:30 to 19:30. Parents can choose the amount of time their children spend at a child care center, but the fee paid is the same, regardless of the number of hours the child spends at the center.
Fees vary from KRW 177,000 to 394,000 depending on the facility, its location, and the age of the child. There are government subsidies available, which depend on the family's income and assets.
Foreigners married to a Korean citizens and who live with their children can receive a government subsidy for child care. To benefit, apply at the local district office and complete an application form for an I Sa Rang card, which is then used to pay child care fees. The following documents are needed:
- Foreigner registration card
- ID of wife/husband
- Korean bank account number
In Seoul, parents can put their children on the waiting list for child care centers in Seoul on the Iseoul website, where they can also view photos of facilities and their programs.
There is also a nationwide hotline which provides support to multicultural families:
- Multicultural Families Support Center, Tel: 1577 5432
Early years and pre-school education
- For information on early years education and pre-school, see the INFOrmation Page Pre-Primary Education