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For Life
2006.11.13(Review of 2005.01.26 edition)

Greetings! You are cordially invited to a special event in honor of all the boys and girls who come of age (7, 5, and 3 years old) this year. We're celebrating all week by introducing a set of words related to the care and education of small children. Enjoy!

Today's LessonCATEGORY: ジャパニーズイングリッシュ
DAY CARE (CENTER)   昼間保育(託児所、保育園)


  • Day care is a service provided outside the home for parents who, usually because they have to work, need someone to watch their children during the day.

    A day care center is a place that provides day care.

    Be Careful! To talk about care for the elderly, like the Japanese デイケア, we usually use the expression “ADULT day care”.
  • day care は、昼間、家庭以外の場所で子どもの世話をしてくれるサービスのことです。たいていは、親が仕事に行かなければならないために、このサービスを利用します。

    day care center は、昼間に保育サービスを提供する場所のことです。

    注意:高齢者の世話をするサービスのことを、日本では「デイケア」と呼ぶことがありますが、英語ではそのようなサービスのことを ADULT day care と言います。


  1. My wife and I work while the kids are in day care.
  2. I can't decide if I should stay home or put Timmy in day care.
  3. (a 4-year old)
    I've made a lot of new friends since I started going to day care.
  4. Do you know a good day care center in the area?
  5. (a fictional advertisement)
    The Berlitz Day Care Center offers day care services for children ages 2 to 10.

英会話レッスンTake care!