In December 2011, Grandparents Plus published ‘Doing it all? Grandparents, childcare and employment: An analysis of British Social Attitudes Survey Data from 1998 and 2009’.
The analysis shows that:
- Young grandmothers aged under 50, are the most likely to provide childcare , but overall most childcare is provided by grandmothers aged 55 to 64, the very group who in future will have to stay in work longer, followed by grandparents aged and 65 to 74.
- Most grandmothers who provide childcare are retired or not working, but working grandparents (both grandmothers and grandfathers) are more likely to say they provide care, reflecting the fact that there are many more grandparents who are retired or not working than those who are still working.
By Sarah Wellard
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