from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A place where poor women may leave their children to be taken care of during the day, while the mothers are at work.


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  • She works in a day-nursery and her usual reply when someone asks her about her job is: "You feel so inadequate."

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • "I am thinking of establishing a day-nursery to care for the babies of working women, Mrs. Burke."

    Hepsey Burke

  • There are mighty few kids in this town; and if you really want my candid opinion, I don't think Durford needs a day-nursery any more than it needs an icebox for cherubim.

    Hepsey Burke

  • You must understand that our school-room was on the ground-floor, but raised a good way from the ground; a separate room built out from the house, the roof sloping out under the windows of the day-nursery.

    My Young Days

  • It runs round three sides of the four rooms called a house, and is at once my day-nursery, my lumber-room, my summer-parlor, my place of exercise -- everything, in fact.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 17, No. 102, June, 1876

  • "Well, he said that he supposed that babies were good things in their way; but he hadn't seen many in the village, and he didn't quite realize what help a day-nursery would be to the working women."

    Hepsey Burke

  • There are still thousands of persons who suppose it is only a superior sort of day-nursery where children may be safely kept and innocently employed while the mother gets the housework done.

    Study of Child Life

  • The French crèche offers an example; it has been entirely displaced by day-nursery.

    Chapter 6. Tendencies in American. 4. Foreign Influences Today

  • As we wished to have many of these rooms throughout the city, and as our friends at the day-nursery, under their arrangements, could not have a committee, we thought it would do no harm to start anew.

    Library Work with Children

  • As soon as school opened in September, it occurred to me that almost opposite our school-building there was a day-nursery, the lady in charge of which appeared to be a very earnest worker.

    Library Work with Children


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