In the Quality of Work Life Survey the respondents are inquired whether they have been absent from working life due to child care during their life.
This means generally a longer absence from work caused only by family leave, child home care leave or other child care - occasional, short absences are not included, such as a child falling ill. If the person has had several maternity leaves, the periods are added up.
Absence is also the time when in addition to child care the person has worked only occasionally or little (under 5 hours per week).
If the respondent has been on maternity or paternal leave or taken care of children direct after school/studies before starting paid employment, this time is also counted as absence from working life.
Statistics using this definition