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Grandparents providing child care

Briefing Paper

The Families and Early Years Analysis and Research Team at the Department for Education requested a brief review of research evidence and statistical data on grandparents providing childcare. This was carried out (over ten days) during July 2011. Initial discussions clarified that the focus should be on the provision of care while parents work/study, and also contact (i.e. the time grandparents spend with grandchildren more generally, and any trends in this). The review also addresses contact between grandparents and grandchildren after parental divorce or separation.