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452 people in Ashburton provided unpaid care for children other than their own in 2011.

The role of unpaid childcare in Ashburton is determined by many different factors. For example areas with high levels of unpaid child care may have a dominance of single income families with one significant earner, or there could be a lack of provision of paid child care in the area. The level to which people care for others children can also indicate the role of extended family (eg. grandparents caring for grandchildren, family day care).

The role of unpaid child care is a complex one so this topic should be viewed in conjunction with several others, including Household Type, Employment, Household Income and Educational Attendance.

Derived from the Census question:

'In the last two weeks did the person spend time looking after a child, without pay?', which specifically asks respondents to differentiate between caring for their own children and caring for others children.

Persons aged 15 years and over.

Unpaid childcare
Ashburton - (Usual residence)20112006Change
Unpaid child careNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
Provided unpaid child care (all)1,96832.727.21,69729.926.8+271
Cared for own child/ren1,51625.219.71,29922.919.3+217
Cared for other child/ren3485.86.73175.66.5+32
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren1041.70.8811.41.0+23
No unpaid child care provided3,76862.667.13,57763.165.6+191
Not stated2854.75.73987.07.6-113

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Unpaid childcare, 2011
Unpaid childcare, 2011 Not stated, City of Boroondara: 5.7% No unpaid child care provided, City of Boroondara: 67.1% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, City of Boroondara: 0.8% Cared for other child/ren, City of Boroondara: 6.7% Cared for own child/ren, City of Boroondara: 19.7% Provided unpaid child care (all), City of Boroondara: 27.2% Not stated, Ashburton: 4.7% No unpaid child care provided, Ashburton: 62.6% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Ashburton: 1.7% Cared for other child/ren, Ashburton: 5.8% Cared for own child/ren, Ashburton: 25.2% Provided unpaid child care (all), Ashburton: 32.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in unpaid childcare, 2006 to 2011
Change in unpaid childcare, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, Ashburton: -113 No unpaid child care provided, Ashburton: +191 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Ashburton: +23 Cared for other child/ren, Ashburton: +32 Cared for own child/ren, Ashburton: +217 Provided unpaid child care (all), Ashburton: +271
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the unpaid child care provided by the population in Ashburton in 2011 compared to the City of Boroondara shows that there was a higher proportion of people who provided unpaid child care either to their own or to other children. Overall, 32.7% of the population provided unpaid child care, compared with 27.2% for the City of Boroondara.

The major differences between the share of the population providing unpaid child care in Ashburton and the City of Boroondara were:

  • A larger percentage who provided unpaid childcare for own child/ren (25.2% compared to 19.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who did not provide care for children (62.6% compared to 67.1%)

Emerging groups

The number of people who provided unpaid child care for their own and/or other people's children in Ashburton increased by 271 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the number of people performing unpaid child care in Ashburton, between 2006 and 2011 were those who:

  • Cared for their own child/ren (+217 persons)
  • Provided no unpaid child care (+191 persons)