Sunday 19 November 2017

Granny and grandad are taken for granted by the State

Small boy kissing his grandmother
Small boy kissing his grandmother

Virpi Timonen

Grandparents are viewed as the ideal solution to childcare needs, especially in countries - such as Ireland - that have low provision of formal childcare.

Grannies and grandads can surely spare the time to help their hard-pressed children struggling with childcare.

Running after the little ones appears like a win-win situation for everyone: the parents get a trusted childminder; the children benefit from grandparents' positive influence; and, of course, this good news story means massive savings to the public purse.

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