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Central Coast Council area

Unpaid childcare

1,527 people in the Central Coast Council area provided unpaid care for children other than their own in 2011.

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 (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
Central Coast Council area - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Unpaid child careNumber%Regional TAS %Number%Regional TAS %2006 to 2011
Provided unpaid child care (all)4,78827.627.44,64727.928.0+141
Cared for own child/ren3,26118.819.23,23519.419.5+26
Cared for other child/ren1,3597.87.21,2267.47.4+133
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren1681.00.91861.11.1-18
No unpaid child care provided11,22964.865.810,50963.263.7+720
Not stated1,3147.66.81,4828.98.3-168

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, Regional TAS: 6.8% No unpaid child care provided, Regional TAS: 65.8% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Regional TAS: 0.9% Cared for other child/ren, Regional TAS: 7.2% Cared for own child/ren, Regional TAS: 19.2% Provided unpaid child care (all), Regional TAS: 27.4% Not stated, Central Coast Council area: 7.6% No unpaid child care provided, Central Coast Council area: 64.8% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Central Coast Council area: 1.0% Cared for other child/ren, Central Coast Council area: 7.8% Cared for own child/ren, Central Coast Council area: 18.8% Provided unpaid child care (all), Central Coast Council area: 27.6%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
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Change in unpaid childcare, 2006 to 2011
Change in unpaid childcare, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, Central Coast Council area: -168 No unpaid child care provided, Central Coast Council area: +720 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Central Coast Council area: -18 Cared for other child/ren, Central Coast Council area: +133 Cared for own child/ren, Central Coast Council area: +26 Provided unpaid child care (all), Central Coast Council area: +141
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 the Central Coast Council area in 2011 compared to Regional TAS shows that there was a similar proportion of people who provided unpaid child care either to their own or to other children. Overall, 27.6% of the population provided unpaid child care, compared with 27.4% for Regional TAS.

The major difference between the share of the population providing unpaid child care in the Central Coast Council area and Regional TAS was:

  • A smaller percentage who did not provide care for children (64.8% compared to 65.8%)

Emerging groups

The number of people who provided unpaid child care for their own and/or other people's children in Central Coast Council area increased by 141 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Provided no unpaid child care (+720 persons)
  • Cared for other child/ren (+133 persons)

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