Growing Up in Ireland What we have learned about our children
38% are in non-parental childcare (for more than eight hours a week), most commonly with grandparents.
11% are in centre-based care, spending an average of 29 hours a week there.
Boys (1.4%) are significantly more likely than girls (0.8%) to be reported as being “sometimes or often unwell”.
4% of infants have had an accident that required medical attention.
Almost a quarter are overweight (6% classed as obese).
16% have at least one longstanding illness, condition or disability, the most common being asthma (5.8%).
53% have mothers who work outside the home; for those with degree-level educated mothers, that rises to 72%.
91% have regular contact with grandparents.
99% get on well, or very well, with their mother and 98% with their father.
70% spend time talking with their mum, but just 60% with their dad.
72% do “fun things” with their dad, 63% with their mum.
35% of girls like school “very much”, compared with 23% of boys.
26% are overweight, including 6% obese.
80% live in two-parent households. Just under 10% diagnosed with depression or anxiety. 24% dislike(d) being at school. A third of those still in school have part-time jobs, working an average nine hours per week during term time.
86% live in two-parent families. Average age of their mother is 36.2 years and their resident father is 39.2 years.For discipline, mothers (69%) are more likely than fathers (55%) to say that they always discuss or explain to the child why the behaviour was wrong.On average, children in the lowest income group consume 23% more calories per day than those in the highest income group.76% “very healthy, no problems”, down from 80% at birth.11% have chronic illness or disability, but 99% of parents say child is in good health. 76% live with both biological parents. 45% have a TV in their bedroom. 93% like school, at least “sometimes”.