4402.0 - Childhood Education and Care, Australia, June 2011 Quality Declaration
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 04/05/2012
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In June 2011, 1.9 million children usually attended one or more types of child care, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Of the 3.6 million children aged 12 years or younger, just over half (52%) usually attended one or more types of child care.
Of all children aged 12 years or younger, 864,300 (24%) were in formal care and 1.4 million (39%) were in informal care.
A quarter of all children (26%) were cared for by their grandparents, while 14% attended long day care.
Children in one parent families (55%) were more likely to attend informal care than children in couple families (35%).
Of those children who usually attended formal care, 40% (343,800) attended for less than 10 hours per week, and 9% attended for 35 hours or more per week.
For the majority of children (63%) in formal care, the usual cost was less than $80 per week. A large majority of children (92% or 1.3 million) who usually attended informal care did so at no cost.
In addition, parents reported participating in a variety of informal learning activities with their children. Parents were most likely to participate in reading activities, with 80% of 0–2 year olds and 96% of 3–8 year olds being involved in reading activities with their parents in the reference week.
Further details are in Childhood Education and Care, Australia, June 2011 (cat. no. 4402.0), available for free download from www.abs.gov.au
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