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Unpaid childcare

9,760 people in Warringah Council area provided unpaid care for children other than their own in 2011.

The role of unpaid childcare in Warringah 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
Warringah Council area - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Unpaid child careNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idProvided unpaid child care (all)35,81531.927.331,97529.526.3+3,840
Cared for own child/ren
26,05523.220.022,52420.819.1+3,531
Cared for other child/ren
8,5617.66.68,2557.66.5+306
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren
1,1991.10.71,1961.10.8+3
No unpaid child care provided
70,02762.364.867,85462.763.6+2,173
Not stated
6,5885.97.98,4607.810.1-1,872

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, Greater Sydney: 7.9% No unpaid child care provided, Greater Sydney: 64.8% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Greater Sydney: 0.7% Cared for other child/ren, Greater Sydney: 6.6% Cared for own child/ren, Greater Sydney: 20.0% Provided unpaid child care (all), Greater Sydney: 27.3% Not stated, Warringah Council area: 5.9% No unpaid child care provided, Warringah Council area: 62.3% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Warringah Council area: 1.1% Cared for other child/ren, Warringah Council area: 7.6% Cared for own child/ren, Warringah Council area: 23.2% Provided unpaid child care (all), Warringah Council area: 31.9%
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, Warringah Council area: -1,872 No unpaid child care provided, Warringah Council area: +2,173 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Warringah Council area: +3 Cared for other child/ren, Warringah Council area: +306 Cared for own child/ren, Warringah Council area: +3,531 Provided unpaid child care (all), Warringah Council area: +3,840
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 Warringah Council area in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a higher proportion of people who provided unpaid child care either to their own or to other children. Overall, 31.9% of the population provided unpaid child care, compared with 27.3% for Greater Sydney.

The major differences between the share of the population providing unpaid child care in Warringah Council area and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage who provided unpaid childcare for own child/ren (23.2% compared to 20.0%)
  • A smaller percentage who did not provide care for children (62.3% compared to 64.8%)

Emerging groups

The number of people who provided unpaid child care for their own and/or other people's children in Warringah Council area increased by 3,840 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Cared for their own child/ren (+3,531 persons)
  • Provided no unpaid child care (+2,173 persons)
  • Cared for other child/ren (+306 persons)

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