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The Importance of Grandparents in Childcare – Survation for Grandparents Plus

On 23rd February 2015, Survation for Grandparents Plus interviewed 1046 Great British adults online about their views on parenting and parental leave.

We found that:

  • A majority of people (51%) agree that parents should be able to share parental leave with grandparents who are helping with childcare, with one-fifth (20%) disagreeing.
  • Over half (58%) of parents would most want a grandparent to care for their children if they or their partner could not.
  • A third (33%) of adults would be most likely to turn to their mum if there was a problem in their family, with a tenth (10%) turning to their dad.
  • Over a fifth (21%) of parents would pay for childcare if they didn’t have a grandparent to help.

The press release from Grandparents Plus is available here.

Full data tables of results are available here. Survation is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

Katy Owen

Katy Owen

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