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111 people in McLaren Flat provided unpaid care for children other than their own in 2011.

The role of unpaid childcare in McLaren Flat 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
McLaren Flat - (Usual residence)20112006Change
Unpaid child careNumber%City of Onkaparinga %Number%City of Onkaparinga %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idProvided unpaid child care (all)46743.531.226239.631.1+205
Cared for own child/ren
35633.120.819429.320.8+162
Cared for other child/ren
1009.39.1558.38.8+45
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren
111.01.3132.01.4-2
No unpaid child care provided
57153.263.337456.562.9+197
Not stated
363.35.5264.06.0+10

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 Onkaparinga: 5.5% No unpaid child care provided, City of Onkaparinga: 63.3% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, City of Onkaparinga: 1.3% Cared for other child/ren, City of Onkaparinga: 9.1% Cared for own child/ren, City of Onkaparinga: 20.8% Provided unpaid child care (all), City of Onkaparinga: 31.2% Not stated, McLaren Flat: 3.3% No unpaid child care provided, McLaren Flat: 53.2% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, McLaren Flat: 1.0% Cared for other child/ren, McLaren Flat: 9.3% Cared for own child/ren, McLaren Flat: 33.1% Provided unpaid child care (all), McLaren Flat: 43.5%
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, McLaren Flat: +10 No unpaid child care provided, McLaren Flat: +197 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, McLaren Flat: -2 Cared for other child/ren, McLaren Flat: +45 Cared for own child/ren, McLaren Flat: +162 Provided unpaid child care (all), McLaren Flat: +205
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 McLaren Flat in 2011 compared to the City of Onkaparinga shows that there was a higher proportion of people who provided unpaid child care either to their own or to other children. Overall, 43.5% of the population provided unpaid child care, compared with 31.2% for the City of Onkaparinga.

The major differences between the share of the population providing unpaid child care in McLaren Flat and the City of Onkaparinga were:

  • A larger percentage who provided unpaid childcare for own child/ren (33.1% compared to 20.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who did not provide care for children (53.2% compared to 63.3%)

Emerging groups

The number of people who provided unpaid child care for their own and/or other people's children in McLaren Flat increased by 205 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Provided no unpaid child care (+197 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren (+162 persons)