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Release: Household Satellite Accounts, Valuing Informal Childcare in the UK, 2010

Released: 15 February 2013


Valerie Fender

Measuring National Well-being

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 453239

Categories: Household Satellite Accounts, Economy, National Accounts, Satellite Accounts, Children, Education and Skills, Children and Early Years' Education, Children at Childcare, People and Places, Communities, Societal Wellbeing

Frequency of release: Ad-hoc

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: UK

Survey name(s): Opinions and Lifestyle Survey

  • This article reports on the measurement of informal childcare by households which is outside the scope of National Accounts and therefore Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

  • Formal childcare per child for children under 5 years old increased by 36.4% between 1995 and 2010.

  • Between 1995 and 2010 there was a movement away from informal childcare in the household towards formal childcare for children aged under 5 years old.

  • The value of informal childcare in 2010 was £343 billion (valued using gross wages), this is equivalent to 23% of GDP.

Experimental statistics on output of the household production. This release is part of a programme of work within the Measuring National Well-being Programme to develop and update the Household Satellite Accounts for the UK originally published by the Office for National Statistics in 2002.
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