National Childcare Census 1999 – 2000
Key findings – numbers of children in Childcare Settings
Source : National Childcare Census Report Baseline Data 1999/2000 : Chapter 4
1.4.4 The Census found that only 8.6 per cent of children aged up to twelve years attended centre based childcare. Of these, almost 70 per cent attended a sessional service. Somewhat surprisingly, almost 1,500 children aged over 6 years were reported to be attending a full time day care service - this may be a quirk of the dates of the data collection as it might have been assumed that such children would be in formal educational establishments for much of the day. It is also worth noting that a very significant number of the 3 to 6 year age group attended sessional services – these are likely to be largely attendees at “pre-school” or “early education” settings rather than participants in a “childcare” service.
1.4.5 It is interesting to deduce from the Census that nearly 69 per cent of the “under 1 year old” children who were availing of centre based childcare received full day care while the spread between sessional and full day care evens out in the age group 1 to 3 years. Among the three to six year olds, the mix between sessional and full day care skews to 81 per cent in sessional care. This group is likely to include numbers of children in early education settings and children in childcare outside normal school hours.
1.4.6 A review of the urban/rural split in the use of childcare showed that 9.8 per cent of children up to 12 years in urban settings and 8.1 per cent of children in rural settings attended childcare. A review of tables 4.1.4 and 4.1.5 in the Summary Report showed that there was a similarity in participation levels among 3 to 6 year olds at between 23 and 24 per cent and also among older children at about 1.2 per cent. However, usage of childcare for younger children was much higher in urban than in rural settings, with 6.7 per cent of under 1 year old children in...