Definition of crèche in English:

crèche

noun

  • 1North American A model or tableau representing the scene of Jesus Christ's birth, displayed in homes or public places at Christmas.

    • ‘One school in Pennsylvania, through its Multicultural Committee, set up a three-part display, with a crèche, a menorah, and a Kwanzaa scene.’
  • 2British A nursery where babies and young children are cared for during the working day.

    • ‘They have swimming pools, cafés with comfy sofas, beauty salons, bars and crèches that look after your children.’
    • ‘Most use childminders in the home and only 10% send their children for care in crèches and nurseries.’
    • ‘There is a day care crèche for children and other facilities for the community.’
    • ‘The new centre will give the area two swimming pools, a four-court sports hall, plus dance and fitness facilities with a crèche and cafeteria.’
    • ‘Residents said the buildings could contain such facilities as a crèche and café to computer facilities and even a theatre.’
    • ‘Daily costs, such as crèches, transport and utilities are soaring, so knowing how to budget is a crucial part of life.’
    • ‘Fitness facilities, the crèche and soft play activities will continue, but the pools are set to close as planned early next month.’
    • ‘Services provided are similar to those in day nurseries and crèches.’
    • ‘Workers also want crèches established near work sites and residences to assist female construction workers.’
    • ‘Mothers call for more workplace crèches and job sharing, as well as curbs on violence, bad language and sex in the media.’
    • ‘The new centre will include a crèche (with baby rooms), a playschool (with classes for different age groups) and after school care for older children.’
    • ‘Being so big, the scheme has room also for a crèche, shops, medical centre and an underground fitness centre with pool.’
    • ‘In a family where parents work, children are looked after in a crèche or nursery, or taken in by a neighbour, older brother, or sister.’
    • ‘Judges were impressed with the cleanliness and efficiency of the premises' two gyms, its crèche facilities and social events laid on for its 3,200 members.’
    • ‘To accommodate the working hours of parents the morning crèche can now facilitate a drop off time of 8.30 am.’
    • ‘Some of the core services include childcare facilities, which includes a crèche and playschool for children aged from babies up to 5 years.’
    • ‘A lot of parents are delighted with the quality of care at crèches and see their children thrive in a bigger group.’
    • ‘A crèche is available for those with young children.’
    • ‘A high-profile adult learning centre will also be created, along with a day nursery and crèche facilities.’
    • ‘The city has more crèches, nurseries and nannies than anywhere else in Britain, according to research based on entries in the British Telecom directory.’

Origin

Late 18th century (in crèche (sense 2 of the noun)): French (see also cratch).

Pronunciation

crèche

/kreSH//krɛʃ/