It's one thing to get financial support - but many grandparent carers simply need a break now and then. In Australia, one state is providing access to child care and respite as a right. They recognise that the children have "been through stressful and other adverse circumstances." Would the UK Government follow suit? It's a campaign issue.
"A consistent message that came out of our consultations was that grandparent primary carers provide a vitally important role in our community, often stepping in to look after their grandchildren when these children have been through stressful and other adverse circumstances," he said. "Childcare provides not only additional learning opportunities to children but also valuable respite to older Australians who have stepped in to become the primary carer in their retirement years. "One of the greatest practical challenges for grandparents raising grandchildren are the costs associated with that care, which includes childcare."