daycare, day care (noun)
childcare during the day while parents work
Child care or day care is the care of a child during the day by a person other than the child's legal guardians, typically performed by someone outside the child's immediate family. Day care is typically an ongoing service during specific periods, such as the parents' time at work. The service is known as child care in the United Kingdom and Australia, crèche in Ireland and child care or day care in North America. Child care is provided in nurseries or crèches or by a nanny or family child care provider caring for children in their own homes. It can also take on a more formal structure, with education, child development, discipline and even preschool education falling into the fold of services. Some childminders care for children from several families at the same time, either in their own home or in a specialized child care facility. Some employers provide nursery provisions for their employees at or near the place of employment. Child care in the child's own home is traditionally provided by a nanny or au pair, or by extended family members including grandparents, aunts and uncles.