hildcare, child care, or babycare is the act of caring for and supervising children usually from 0-8 years of age. (In the UK and Australia, day care is referred to as "childcare".) In the United States child care is increasingly referred to as early childhood education due to the understanding of the impact of early experiences of the developing child.
Education and training requirements vary by setting, state, and employer. They range from less than a high school diploma to an early childhood education certification.
Childcare workers care for children in childcare centers, their own home, or the homes of the children in their care. Many work full time, but part-time work and irregular hours are common.