|amenity = childcare|
|A place where children are looked after which is not an amenity=kindergarten|
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|Status: in use|
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This tag is used for places where children are looked after, including a nursery or daycare which takes care of small children who are too young for amenity=kindergarten or preschool, and after-school childcare facilities.
This tag can be controversial because there is an overlap in some cases with amenity=kindergarten, but on the other hand its usage numbers (26k worldwide in 2021) indicate a demand for such a tag. There are two separate proposal for this same tag  (rejected)  (abandoned) and a related one  (abandoned).
The tag amenity=kindergarten is used differently in different countries. In some, it is only used for preschool-like education (isced:level=0). Other countries include institutional supervision of primary-school children in the afternoon. In other places, such as the United States, "childcare" is a generic term for supervision of children in a wide range of age groups and institutions, from schools to private service providers. It is suggested a feature be tagged as a kindergarten when there is an overlap.
Usage in specific countries
For the situation in Switzerland see Switzerland/Map Features#Kindergarten / Childcare.
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The term "kindergarten" covers same child ages in some regions, but different child ages in other regions, which might be reflected in use of the tag: