Childcare survey reveals inequities

Available, affordable, high-quality care is still out of reach for many families.
 
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02.Results

 Table 1: Problems with different types of childcare

  Percentage who experienced the problem
Problem Commercial (467 respondents) Community / not-for-profit (289) Family daycare (130)
High cost 51 17 12
High staff turnover 26 18 2
Too many children being looked after at once 22 12 12
Not enough staff 18 11 5
Fundraising for the centre (A) 13 26 4
Parking when dropping off or picking up children 13 22 5
Unsuitability of staff (not qualified or inexperienced) 13 7 9
Opening / closing times 11 16 15
Old or inadequate premises 9 12 5
Old or inadequate equipment 8 8 9
Difficult access for prams / strollers 7 6 5
Unhealthy or inadequate food 6 4 2
Security of premises (B) 5 3 7
 
Table notes

(A) For example, having to sell chocolates to raise money for new equipment.
(B) For example, stranger access; children can get out unobserved; no childproof gates.

Table 2: Percentage of survey respondents who experienced problems finding childcare*

 

Problem Overall average (%)** ACT (48 respondents) NSW (427) Queensland (216) SA (75) Victoria (298) WA (134) Capital cities (960) Regional areas (275)
Long waiting lists 64 79 66 73 56 65 49 68 51
Lack of choice of which days 44 48 45 47 48 39 45 45 39
Lack of choice of number of days 38 42 43 38 27 35 35 40 32
Lack of choice of type of childcare 28 21 27 34 23 29 28 28 28
Lack of choice of hours 18 10 21 17 16 17 22 19 17
Difficulty getting childcare outside normal working hours 14 4 18 10 5 13 18 14 15
People behind you on the waiting list getting places before you 12 10 11 16 7 13 8 12 9
 
Table notes

* Results for the Northern Territory (12 respondents) and Tasmania (25) aren’t reported on a state basis because the number of respondents from each wasn’t large enough to give an accurate representation.
** Based on 1239 respondents, including the NT and Tasmania.

Table 3: Reasons for choosing the type of childcare (%)

Reason Commercial (467 respondents) Community / not-for-profit (289) Family daycare (130)
Convenient location 73 71 51
Good premises 60 53 40
Quality of staff 52 72 55
The only one available 45 28 29
Was recommended to me 37 44 44
Convenient times to drop off and pick up 32 26 33
Good parking 17 11 10
Other 10 13 26
Cost 9 24 49
 

 

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