With childcare too expensive and too difficult to get into, an increasing number of parents are turning to the old fashioned method of childcare: their own parents.
Research out today shows that grandparents help out with childcare for half of all children one day a week. For a quarter of children, this happens twice a week.
A study of 8000 children by the Australian Institute of Family Studies — using longitudinal data from the Growing Up Australia program — has revealed that 17 per cent of children aged 4-5 have experienced some form of grandparent care for most of their life.
And seven per cent of 4-5 year olds actually live with both their parents and grandparents in the same household.