Definition of childcare noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


the care of children, especially while parents are at work
childcare facilities for working parentsArranging childcare for three small children is difficult.
Usage noteUsage note: Childrenhaving a baby/childwant (to have) a baby/a child/children/kidsstart a familyconceive/be expecting/be going to have a baby/childmiss your periodbecome/get/ be/find out that you are pregnanthave a baby/a child/kids/a son/a daughter/twins/a familyhave a normal/a difficult/an unwanted pregnancy; an easy/a difficult birth/laborbe in/go into/induce laborhave/suffer/cause a miscarriagegive birth to a child/a baby/a daughter/a son/twinsparentingbring up/raise a child/a familycare for/watch a baby/child/kidchange a diaper/a babynurse/feed/breastfeed/bottle-feed a babybe entitled to/go on maternity/paternity leavego back/return to work after maternity leaveneed/find/get a babysitter/high-quality, affordable childcare/a nannybalance/combine work and childcare/child-rearing/family (life)educate/teach/home-school a child/a kid/childrenpunish/discipline/spoil a child/a kid/childrenadopt/foster a baby/a child/a kid/childrenoffer a baby for/put a baby up for adoptionbe placed with/be raised by foster parents
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