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03rd Oct 2023

New survey reveals 83% of Irish grandparents have to assist with childcare of grandchildren

A huge number of grandparents in Ireland are stepping in to help out with childcare.

In fact, a new survey showed that 83% of Irish Grandparents assist with childcare of their grandchildren according to new statics.

The study, carried out by MyNameTag, explored how much grandparents nowadays help out with childcare for their grandchildren.

It stated that 8 out of 10 Irish adults confirmed that their parents offer them help with childcare either very often (46%) or once in a while (37%).

Interestingly, when asked if they paid their parents for their childcare support only 23% of those surveyed stated that they did.

While 57% of those surveyed also stated that their children had sleepovers in the parents homes giving them a night off childcare duties.

This comes as major concerns are being raised around the current costs for parents who are in need of childcare on a regular basis.

Many couples are being faced with the decision of whether or not they can actually afford to have children in what has been described as a ‘crazy scenario’ for young people.

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Children, Kathleen Funchion, said they are calling for the cost of childcare to be cut by two-thirds in the upcoming budget.

The party is bringing a motion to the Dail to encourage the Government to provide additional funding to the sector.


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