Have you ever had moments where you think ‘I wish I could hire a granny?’. Perhaps you want someone to make your child(ren) a hearty meal, teach them a new craft, or listen to them read. Stereotypically, ‘Grannies’ are caring, kind-hearted and patient. Many have a wealth of life experience, which makes them the ideal caregiver. 

At GrandNanny, we’re passionate about empowering those who are over 50 with amazing childcare skills to take on new childcare jobs. And we work with ‘midlife and older child carers’ and ‘mature nannies’ of all genders, some of whom are grandparents themselves. We believe in the mutual advantages of intergenerational care and the larger benefits to local communities. With the reliance on grandparents to fulfil childcare duties, intergenerational care is arguably becoming the norm. 

Grandparents are reported to save families around £3,800 a year by providing up to nine hours of care a week. But, for many relying on grandparents is impractical. Families who live miles apart from each other can’t depend on grandparental help. With the increasing geographical distance between grandchildren and grandparents, what you can parents do? Perhaps, you could ‘hire a granny’ with us? 

Are grandparents and grandchildren growing apart?

The likelihood of parents asking for support from grandparents is largely dependent on the age of the (grand)children and geographical distance. 55% of parents with children two or under, receive regular support from grandparents. This figure increases to 59% for parents whose youngest child is aged between three and five. Whereas, only 11% of parents seek grandparental support if their children are ages twelve or over. 

These figures may change, as fewer adults live in the same town or city as their parents, compared to 50 years ago. In fact, 1 in 5 families in Britain, with children under the age of 10, live over 100 miles from their grandparents. This figure has doubled over the last 30 years. This means children are now spending less time with their grandparents compared to previous generations. 

So, although grandparents are being relied upon for childcare duties, many may be living further away from their grandchildren. This suggests that for grandparents the financial and time investment required to take care of their grandchildren has become more significant. Additionally, research suggests that outside of childcare duties, grandparents are seeing less of their grandchildren.

Should you ‘hire a granny’?

It’s clear grandparents play a significant role in childcare duties. Without them, our economy and wider society would be severely affected. Children’s development would be negatively impacted as well. Though with the increased cost to grandparents, in terms of money, time, and mental well-being should grandparents be relied upon? Nanny matching services, such as GrandNanny, offer another way to find reliable childcare and connect with older generations. 

GrandNanny is the first intergenerational childcare service that works with experienced ‘mature Nannies’. The Nannies we recruit and support all have different backgrounds, some are Ex-Teachers, Embassy Workers, NHS staff, Parents, Grandparents, Childminders, Teaching assistants, Lunch-time Supervisors, and Volunteers (the list goes on!). If you do want to ‘hire a granny’, then perhaps a GrandNanny is the answer.

Find out more about our process of registration and the benefits of intergenerational care today.