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Central Coast Council area

Life-stages - Unpaid childcare

In 2011, 741 people aged 15 to 17 years in the Central Coast Council area provided unpaid care for children other than their own.

The role of unpaid childcare by age group is related to many factors. Generally parents between the age of 30 and 50 are the most likely to be caring for their own children, but this dataset can provide an insight into the role played by other family members, for example, grandparents and older siblings, in caring for children as well. The availability of affordable child care outside the home is also a factor. This dataset can shed some light on the level of child care provided both inside the household and to other households by people in different age categories, and how it differs between areas.

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 Unpaid Care to an aged or disabled person.

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.

Children aged 15 to 17 years

Unpaid childcare
Central Coast Council area - 15 to 17 years20112006Change
Unpaid child careNumber%New South WalesNumber%New South Wales2006 to 2011
Provided unpaid child care (all)8576.65.88736.86.2-16
Cared for own child/ren1160.90.71060.80.7+10
Cared for other child/ren7375.75.07605.95.5-23
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren40.00.070.10.0-3
No unpaid child care provided10,43980.081.09,89477.277.0+545
Not stated1,74813.413.22,04516.016.8-297

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, New South Wales: 13.2% No unpaid child care provided, New South Wales: 81.0% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, New South Wales: 0.0% Cared for other child/ren, New South Wales: 5.0% Cared for own child/ren, New South Wales: 0.7% Provided unpaid child care (all), New South Wales: 5.8% Not stated, Central Coast Council area: 13.4% No unpaid child care provided, Central Coast Council area: 80.0% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Central Coast Council area: 0.0% Cared for other child/ren, Central Coast Council area: 5.7% Cared for own child/ren, Central Coast Council area: 0.9% Provided unpaid child care (all), Central Coast Council area: 6.6%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in atlas.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in unpaid childcare, 2006 to 2011
Change in unpaid childcare, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, Central Coast Council area: -297 No unpaid child care provided, Central Coast Council area: +545 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Central Coast Council area: -3 Cared for other child/ren, Central Coast Council area: -23 Cared for own child/ren, Central Coast Council area: +10 Provided unpaid child care (all), Central Coast Council area: -16
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in atlas.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the unpaid child care provided by people aged 15 to 17 years in the Central Coast Council area in 2011 compared to New South Wales shows that there was a higher proportion of people who provided unpaid child care either to their own or to other children. Overall, 6.6% of the population aged 15 to 17 years provided unpaid child care, compared with 5.8% for New South Wales.

The major difference between the share of people aged 15 to 17 years providing unpaid child care in the Central Coast Council area and New South Wales was:

  • A smaller percentage who No unpaid child care provided (80.0% compared to 81.0%)

Emerging groups

The number of people aged between 15 to 17 years who provided unpaid child care for their own and/or other people's children in Central Coast Council area decreased by 16 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the number of people aged 15 to 17 years performing unpaid child care in the Central Coast Council area, between 2006 and 2011 were those who:

  • No unpaid child care provided (+545 persons)
  • Not stated (-297 persons)

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