Childcare Costs Saved by Grandparents

Published on 1 January 1970 by Raffick Marday

Grandparents have increased the time they look after their grandchildren, saving parents over £12.5 billion in childcare costs annually, new research reveals.

Many families are confronted with an uncertain financial climate, so many stay at home mothers have had to go back to work to make ends meet, a new study by RIAS has shown recently.

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Grandparents spend over nine hours a week looking after the younger generation, saving families on average £1,650, £800 more than what childcare costs amounted to last year.

“Over the last year we’ve seen a staggering increase in the amount of help grandparents are giving,” said Janet Conner, RIAS’s managing director.

“Both grandparents and grandchildren benefit enormously from spending more time with each other but it’s important to consider how these demands can impact on grandparents’ lives.”

A huge 98 percent of these grandparents receive no formal payment for their time and four out of ten admit to regularly contributing financially towards their grandchildren – on average spending £90 a month.

Almost a third said they have had to put a holiday or leisure activity on hold due to their childcare duties.

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