Child Care Glossary

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Nanny

A nanny is employed by a family in either a live-in or live-out basis. The function of a nanny is to essentially be responsible for all care of the children in the home in a largely unsupervised setting. For more information, click here .

Needs assessment

A process of determining the needs of a defined population. In this case, children, families, or child care providers.

Non-custodial parent

The parent who does not have primary care of a minor child.

Non-traditional child care

Care provided during non-traditional work hours (e.g., weekends, work either before 6 a.m. or after 7 p.m. Monday-Friday).

Nursery school

Group programs designed for children ages 3 to 5. Normally they operate for 3-4 hours per day, and from 2-5 days a week.