Definition of day care in US English:

day care

noun

  • Daytime care for the needs of people who cannot be fully independent, such as children or elderly people.

    ‘family issues such as day care’
    as modifier ‘a day-care center for employees' children’
    • ‘Two day care centres for disabled people, the only ones in the area, are being shut down too.’
    • ‘People depending on day care help in Swindon are going to have to pay more for services.’
    • ‘This makes the issue of providing quality, affordable day care of great interest to many families.’
    • ‘It's clear there aren't standards in place for nurseries and day care centres.’
    • ‘Of course, fees are much higher in London: day care for my two children costs over £100 a day.’
    • ‘It also cares for people with brain injuries and stroke victims, and provides respite and day care services.’
    • ‘The council says its home care and day care charges are in line with the Government's fairer charges criteria.’
    • ‘Senior citizens enrolled in day care centres will be served free mid-day meals.’
    • ‘Breda Costello received an award for her work with the elderly in the day care centre.’
    • ‘Grandparents commonly help raise children, although day-care facilities are available for working mothers.’
    • ‘Services including elderly day care, a sports centre and welfare and immigration advice have been closed to the public.’
    • ‘He said they were hoping to get interim funding from social services to re-open day care sessions for elderly people.’
    • ‘Schools facing closures could incorporate day-care facilities.’
    • ‘This will include new home care packages, more home help, and more day-care support.’
    • ‘All monies collected are used to supplement the home support service and day care centre in Dunally.’
    • ‘This might encompass some residential care, day care and sheltered housing side by side.’
    • ‘This is the reality of day care provision for many people with disabilities and the elderly in Bristol.’
    • ‘The 24-year-old who has Down's Syndrome has had no day care services for five years.’
    • ‘Age Concern appealed to politicians last week not to raise day care charges for the elderly.’
    • ‘They offer a complete range of day care and early education facilities.’

Pronunciation

day care

/ˈdā ˌke(ə)r//ˈdeɪ ˌkɛ(ə)r/