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Quarter of mothers would give up work if they didn’t have grandparents to help with childcare – Survation for Grandparents Plus

A new poll conducted by Survation on behalf of charity Grandparents Plus has found that one in four (25%) mothers would be most likely to give up work if they didn’t have grandparents to help with childcare, while more than a third (38%) would reduce their working hours.


The poll comes ahead of the school summer holidays where 54% of parents said that they would rely on grandparents for childcare, while 42% said that they would rely on some form of paid childcare, including holiday clubs, during the summer holidays.


The poll also found that:

  • Over half (58%) of parents would most want a grandparent to care for their children if they or their partner could not.
  • Almost two thirds (62%) of people support the possibility of grandparents being able to request unpaid leave to help with childcare, including 70% of parents.
  • A third (32%) of respondents would most likely turn to their mum if there was a problem in their family which they needed help with. This compares to just 14% who would turn to their dad.


Full tables are available here.


Survation interviewed 1,017 UK adults aged 18+ via the telephone, of which 249 were parents of a child under 18, between 28th – 30th June 2017. Survation is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

Chris Hopkins

Chris Hopkins

Survation's Senior Project Manager and all-round superstar from 2014-2018. Chris's only experience of failure during this period related to his loyal support of Colchester United and a close affinity with Ricky Gervais' character David Brent in the UK TV version of "The Office". Chris is currently Data Visualisation & Statistics Specialist at House of Commons. Chris graduated in 2013, having studied British Politics and Legislative Studies at The University of Hull School of Politics, Philosophy and International Studies. Course leader, Lord Norton of Louth.

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