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Sydenham District

Unpaid childcare

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This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for all areas. What's this?

2,673 people in Sydenham District provided unpaid care for children other than their own in 2016.

The role of unpaid childcare in Sydenham District 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
Sydenham District - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Unpaid child careNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idProvided unpaid child care (all)9,76225.825.510,01526.924.5-253
Cared for own child/ren
7,08918.718.87,69120.618.2-602
Cared for other child/ren
2,5506.76.22,1485.85.9+402
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren
1230.30.41760.50.4-53
No unpaid child care provided
25,63367.766.324,60866.066.1+1,025
Not stated
2,4766.58.22,6507.19.4-174

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Unpaid childcare, 2016
Unpaid childcare, 2016 Not stated, City of Brimbank: 8.2% No unpaid child care provided, City of Brimbank: 66.3% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, City of Brimbank: 0.4% Cared for other child/ren, City of Brimbank: 6.2% Cared for own child/ren, City of Brimbank: 18.8% Provided unpaid child care (all), City of Brimbank: 25.5% Not stated, Sydenham District: 6.5% No unpaid child care provided, Sydenham District: 67.7% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Sydenham District: 0.3% Cared for other child/ren, Sydenham District: 6.7% Cared for own child/ren, Sydenham District: 18.7% Provided unpaid child care (all), Sydenham District: 25.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in unpaid childcare, 2011 to 2016
Change in unpaid childcare, 2011 to 2016 Not stated, Sydenham District: -174 No unpaid child care provided, Sydenham District: +1,025 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Sydenham District: -53 Cared for other child/ren, Sydenham District: +402 Cared for own child/ren, Sydenham District: -602 Provided unpaid child care (all), Sydenham District: -253
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (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 Sydenham District in 2016 compared to City of Brimbank shows that there was a similar proportion of people who provided unpaid child care either to their own or to other children. Overall, 25.8% of the population provided unpaid child care, compared with 25.5% for City of Brimbank.

The major difference between the share of the population providing unpaid child care in Sydenham District and City of Brimbank was:

  • A larger percentage who did not provide care for children (67.7% compared to 66.3%)

Emerging groups

The number of people who provided unpaid child care for their own and/or other people's children in Sydenham District decreased by 253 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest changes in the number of people performing unpaid child care in Sydenham District, between 2011 and 2016 were those who:

  • Provided no unpaid child care (+1,025 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren (-602 persons)
  • Cared for other child/ren (+402 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren and other child/ren (-53 persons)

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