Families in Australia Survey: Child care in 2020

Infographic: Patterns of care: children aged under 13 years

  • Approved or formal care:
    • before COVID 52%,
    • May-June 2020 26%
  • Grandparents or informal care (including nannies/babysitters):
    • before COVID 38%,
    • May-June 2020 14%
  • Only parent care:
    • before COVID 30%,
    • May-June 2020 64%

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Figure 1: All care arrangements for children under 13 years, by age of youngest child, before COVID-19 and during COVID-19

Stacked column graph:

Care arrangements before COVID-19

  • 0-2 years:
    • formal care 69%,
    • informal care 44%,
    • parent only 16%
  • 3-5 years:
    • formal care 73%,
    • informal care 46%,
    • parent only 11%
  • 6-12 years:
    • formal care 32%,
    • informal care 31%,
    • parent only 47%

Care arrangements during COVID-19

  • 0-2 years:
    • formal care 46%,
    • informal care 22%,
    • parent only 40%
  • 3-5 years:
    • formal care 42%,
    • informal care 16%,
    • parent only 48%
  • 6-12 years:
    • formal care 6%,
    • informal care 7%,
    • parent only 86%

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Figure 2: All care arrangements for children under 13 years for May–June 2020, by period of data collection

Stacked column graph:

  • 1 May
    • Formal care 22%
    • Informal care 13%
    • Parent only 69%
  • 13 May
    • Formal care 27%
    • Informal care 11%
    • Parent only 65%
  • 20 May
    • Formal care 28%
    • Informal care 14%
    • Parent only 62%
  • 27 May
    • Formal care 35%
    • Informal care 21%
    • Parent only 53%

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Infographic: Child care enrolment during COVID-19

  • Kept children enrolled 75%
  • Cancelled the enrolment 15%
  • Initially cancelled and then re-enrolled 3%
  • Reported 'other' 7%

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Figure 3: Type of care used at November–December 2020, by formal or informal and age of youngest child

Stacked column graph:

  • 0–2 years:
    • formal only 31%,
    • informal only 16%,
    • both 21%,
    • parent only 32%,
    • total 100%
  • 3–5 years:
    • formal only 45%,
    • informal only 11%,
    • both 27%,
    • parent only 17%,
    • total 100%
  • 6–12 years:
    • formal only 15%,
    • informal only 22%,
    • both 8%,
    • parent only 55%,
    • total 100%
  • Total:
    • formal only 39%,
    • informal only 17%,
    • both 18%,
    • parent only 36%,
    • total 100%

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Figure 4: Whether parents’ child care needs were being met, those using some child care at November–December 2020, by care type

  • Formal only
    • Fully met 80%
    • Partially met 20%
    • Not met 1%
  • Informal only
    • Fully met 66%
    • Partially met 30%
    • Not met 5%
  • Both
    • Fully met 78%
    • Partially met 20%
    • Not met 2%
  • Total
    • Fully met 76%
    • Partially met 22%
    • Not met 2%

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Infographic: Parents who would prefer to be using formal care

  • 28% of parents whose youngest child is aged 0–2 years
  • 20% of parents whose youngest child is aged 3–5 years
  • 10% of parents whose youngest child is aged 6–12 years

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Infographic: Reasons that formal care was not required

  • 22% said parents are available to care for children as one or both are not working
  • 16% said parents are available to care for children because one or both are working from home
  • 25% said children do not need child care given children’s age
  • 12% said they preferred other types of care
  • 17% indicated they had other reasons for preferring not to use formal child care

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