child·​care ˈchī(-ə)ld-ˌker How to pronounce childcare (audio)
variants or child care
: the care of children especially as a service while parents are working
Erratic week-to-week work schedules make it nearly impossible to manage a personal budget or secure childcare.David Dayen

Examples of childcare in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Financial concerns including childcare costs and rising living costs have led more women and birthing people to delay starting a family. Sara Chernikoff, USA TODAY, 18 May 2024 The organization was founded in 2011 by Claudia Halton, a former Tennessee juvenile-court magistrate who was troubled by the number of women who came before her who had difficulties with housing or other issues and who didn’t have childcare options for their children. Alana Semuels, TIME, 17 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for childcare 

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Word History

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of childcare was in 1896

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“Childcare.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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