Taking care of children while parents work

Child care, or otherwise known as daycare, is the care and supervision of a child or multiple children at a time. The age ranges anywhere from six weeks up to age thirteen. Child care is the action or skill of looking after children by a day-care center, nannies, babysitter, teachers or other providers. Child care is a broad topic that covers a wide spectrum of professionals, institutions, contexts, activities, social and cultural conventions. Early child care is an equally important and often overlooked component of child development. Child care providers can be children's first teachers, and therefore play an integral role in systems of early childhood education. Quality care from a young age can have a substantial impact on the future successes of children. The main focus of childcare is on the development of the child, whether that be mental, social or psychological.

Articles

Better Day Care With Less Government, by Jeff E. Jared, Libertarian Party News, Oct 2003
How the Welfare State Corrupted Sweden, by Per Bylund, Mises Daily, 31 May 2006
"... they were taught ... everybody should enjoy the right to put their children in state daycare centers while working ... A significant difference between my generation and the preceding one is that most of us were not raised by our parents at all. We were raised by the authorities in state daycare centers from the time of infancy ..."

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Child care" as of 27 Sep 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.