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Growing Up in Scotland - Birth Cohort 2. Patterns of Childcare Use amongst Families with 10 month old Children, 19/02/13 [S]

The Scottish Government has published the key findings from the Growing Up in Scotland: Birth Cohort 2 report in relation to patterns of childcare use amongst families with 10 month old children.

It considers provider types, patterns of use, issues of cost and perceptions of accessibility and availability.

Among the key findings were:

  • Around half of parents (52%) were regularly using childcare for the cohort child. This has decreased from BC1, where the equivalent figure was 60%. Much of the decrease is explained by a greater proportion of mothers in BC2 still being on maternity leave at the time of the interview.
  • Compared with BC1, use of a single childcare arrangement had decreased (from 69% to 64%) with a corresponding increase in two arrangements (from 27% to 30%) and three or more arrangements (from 4% to 5%).
  • Grandparents were the most common form of childcare used used by 69% of BC2 families using childcare. Nurseries were the next most common provider (28%) followed by 'other informal' provision (18%) and then childminders (27%).
  • On average, families using childcare did so for 22 hours per week.
  • The average weekly cost of childcare was 88. Comparing with BC1 figures indicates that in real terms, there has been an average increase in childcare costs for a 10 month old child of 12 per week, or approximately 624 per year.
  • he proportion of parents reporting that childcare costs were 'very easy' to pay has reduced slightly from 14% to 10% whereas the proportion saying costs were difficult to pay increased a little from 21% to 24%.
  • Only 11% of parents using childcare said that arranging it had been difficult.

For full details see Growing Up in Scotland - Birth Cohort 2. Patterns of Childcare Use amongst Families with 10 month old Children which is available from the Scottish Government website.

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Growing Up in Scotland - Birth Cohort 2. Patterns of Childcare Use amongst Families with 10 month old Children