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“The care of children, esp. by someone other than a parent, as at a day-care center, etc.” (Child care, 1999).

“Nurturance and management of the day-to-day requirements to sustain the successful development of children. Although the term can apply to any activity in which a youngster’s needs are provided for by a parent or guardian, it is specifically applied to children in institutions or 24-hour group-living situations. In this context, child care activities include physical care (such as feeding and clothing), habit development (such as personal hygiene and socialization), self-management (discipline), therapeutic care (counseling), tutoring, and first aid. These activities also include running the living group as a cohesive unit and managing the institutional program.” (Barker, 2003, p. 67).

Glossary Source: 

"child care n." The Oxford American dictionary of current English. (1999). [Online]. Oxford University Press. Oxford Reference Online. BLC Boston College Libraries. Retrieved September 6, 2005.

Barker, R.L. (2003). The social work dictionary (5th ed.). Washington, DC: NASW Press.