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  1. the care or supervision of another's child, especially at a day-care center.
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  1. Also child-care. of, relating to, or providing childcare.
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Origin of childcare

First recorded in 1910–15; child + care
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noun British
  1. care provided for children without homes (or with a seriously disturbed home life) by a local authority
  2. care and supervision of children whose parents are working, provided by a childminder or local authority
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