Contributing to Welfare

SOMPO Smile Kids Edogawabashi (Tokyo) Nursery School — SOMPO Smile Kids Foundation

Partnerships

SOMPO Smile Kids Foundation, established in 2011, operates a nursery school on the first floor of a building owned by the company in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo.
The SOMPO Smile Kids Edogawabashi (Tokyo) Nursery School, which is accredited as meeting the government standards, accommodates 60 children up to the age of five, whose parents are residing in Bunkyo Ward and both working. On sunny days, the children go out for walks to parks and along a row of cherry trees facing the Kanda River. They also enjoy snacks and lunches prepared by nutritionists, as well as seasonal events including sports day and outings.
The nursery school also offers a variety of fun educational programs that allow children to learn numbers and characters, music classes, physical education, and reading English picture books to children. In addition, the nursery school host summer and fall festivals and a traditional New Year Mochi (rice cake) pounding in collaboration with local neighborhood associations not just for its enrolled children but also for everyone in the local child rearing household. Efforts are also made to improve the working environment of childcare workers, and this led us to be recognized by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government as a company working earnestly to promote work-life balance.
Together with highly motivated childcare workers, the nursery school will continue striving to provide even better care for children, support childrearing of parents in the community, and gain the favor of local residents.

Industry-Academia Collaboration: Artist in Residence

Partnerships

In May 2018, Tokyo University of the Arts and Sompo Care launched Artist in Residence, a project in which artists and the elderly live together in housing operated by Sompo Care, which provides nursing care services to residents. The project aims to encourage a new community and relationships by interacting through the arts while living together. Tokyo University of the Arts has been implementing a credit certificate program, known as the Diversity on the Arts Project (DOOR) (Director: Katsuhiko Hibino, Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts), that aims to nurture leaders who create a social environment in which diverse people can live together by leveraging diverse values relating to art in society from an “art × welfare” perspective. The purpose of the Artist in Residence project is to improve the quality of life of the residents and promote interaction in the community through collaborative events, teamwork, and individual relationships between DOOR graduates (artists) and residents.