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Central Coast Council area

Need for assistance - Unpaid childcare

724 people needing assistance in the Central Coast Council area provide unpaid care for children other than their own.

The role of unpaid childcare in the Central Coast Council area 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 (e.g. grandparents caring for grandchildren, family day care).

The level of unpaid child care among those with a disability can provide an insight into the level of demand for in-home assistance services, and school services.

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.

People with a need for assistance aged 15 years and over.

Unpaid childcare
Central Coast Council area - Need for assistance20112006Change
Unpaid child careNumber%Greater SydneyNumber%Greater Sydney2006 to 2011
Provided unpaid child care (all)1,4318.79.61,1618.58.5+270
Cared for own child/ren7074.34.56134.53.8+94
Cared for other child/ren6834.25.05123.84.5+171
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren410.30.2360.30.2+5
No unpaid child care provided13,50182.483.511,08581.382.5+2,416
Not stated1,4578.96.81,38910.29.0+68

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 No unpaid child care provided, Greater Sydney: 83.5% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Greater Sydney: 0.2% Cared for other child/ren, Greater Sydney: 5.0% Cared for own child/ren, Greater Sydney: 4.5% Provided unpaid child care (all), Greater Sydney: 9.6% No unpaid child care provided, Central Coast Council area: 82.4% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Central Coast Council area: 0.3% Cared for other child/ren, Central Coast Council area: 4.2% Cared for own child/ren, Central Coast Council area: 4.3% Provided unpaid child care (all), Central Coast Council area: 8.7%
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 No unpaid child care provided, Central Coast Council area: +2,416 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Central Coast Council area: +5 Cared for other child/ren, Central Coast Council area: +171 Cared for own child/ren, Central Coast Council area: +94 Provided unpaid child care (all), Central Coast Council area: +270
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 people needing assistance in the Central Coast Council area in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a lower proportion of people who provided unpaid child care either to their own or to other children. Overall, 8.7% of the population needing assistance provided unpaid child care, compared with 9.6% for Greater Sydney.

The major difference between the share of the population needing assistance providing unpaid child care in the Central Coast Council area and Greater Sydney was:

  • A smaller percentage who did not provide care for children (82.4% compared to 83.5%)

Emerging groups

The number of people needing assistance who provided unpaid child care for their own and/or other people's children in Central Coast Council area increased by 270 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the number of people needing assistance performing unpaid child care in the Central Coast Council area, between 2006 and 2011 were those who:

  • No unpaid child care provided (+2,416 persons)
  • Provided unpaid child care (all) (+270 persons)
  • Cared for other child/ren (+171 persons)
  • Cared for own child/ren (+94 persons)

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