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Child care or childcare, child minding, daycare, or preschool is the caring for and supervision of a child or children, usually from age six weeks to age thirteen. Child care is the action or skill of looking after children by a day-care center, babysitter, or other providers. Child care can also include advanced learning environments that include early childhood education. Child care is a broad topic covering a wide spectrum of contexts, activities, social and cultural conventions, and institutions. The majority of child care institutions that are available require that child care providers have extensive training in first aid and are CPR certified. In addition, background checks, drug testing at all centers, and reference verification are normally a requirement. Child care can cost up to $15,000 for one year in the United States. The average annual cost of full-time care for an infant in center-based care ranges from $4,863 in Mississippi to $16,430 in Massachusetts. Early child care is a very important and often overlooked component of child development. Child care providers are our children's first teachers, and therefore play an integral role in our systems of early childhood education. Quality care from a young age can have a huge impact on the future successes of children

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    My child was enrolled in this childcare centre during early December. She was supposed to start on January 07 next year. I had to cancel, as I had to move houses and couldn’t use the facility. I called the centre to cancel on 16 December. I had paid $420 ($120 for stuff and $300 for deposit). I...
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    VIC Query about Kid's school change after breakup and more

    Requesting valuable suggestions from the legal experts in this forum. After a painful 10 year period and trying everything, I initiated a split in Jan 2018 as I was now being threatened for false family violence complaints. My ex was abroad with our 9 year old daughter when I informed her that...
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    VIC Is it Legal To Spank/Hit Your Child?

    I'm asking for a friend, who is in Victoria, Melbourne. She used to live in Delhi. She used to spank her child(boy) when needed to be disciplined or corrected. Never hit her child excessively. They have been settling down in Australia a few months now. They told her child that her mother cannot...
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    ACT Childcare won’t refund bond

    hello I’m hoping someone might be able to provide some advice. I recently looked in to changing child care centres for my 2 year old and found a child care near my home. They invited me to see the centre (a quick 20 minute walk through) to see what the centre looks like. It was a nice centre so...