Child care services take care of and nurture children in the family home, a private facility or a public child care center. Services range from teaching skills such as drawing, counting and reading or caring for infants by monitoring, preparing formulas, and changing diapers.
Child care or day care is 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 and child care or day care in North America (although child care also has a broader meaning). Child care is provided in nurseries or creches 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 (commonly known as "family day care" in Australia) or in a specialized child care facility.
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