Grandparents who look after their grandchildren to allow parents to go to work should be allowed as long as no one has any symptoms and the children are looked after in their own home .

Why the contribution is important

My daughter who works with the nhs will have to take unpaid leave from work which she cannot afford to do so therefore she will have to claim benefits, she has already taken parental leave and annual leave to cover so far and worrying about how she will pay her bills etc, she has been told she cannot work from home either .

by Megc on May 05, 2020 at 02:26PM

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  • Posted by MG1983 May 05, 2020 at 14:30

    Agree but not just in own home
  • Posted by samur May 05, 2020 at 14:38

    Grandparents who are shielding and have no symptoms should be able to care for grandchildren. Surely this would be better than children mixing with several households if with a childminder or nursery
  • Posted by TStrachan May 05, 2020 at 14:41

    I agree, this would work well if Grandparents were part of the "bubble".
  • Posted by Dogsbody May 05, 2020 at 14:41

    Healthy and fit grandparents can help with childcare and thereby take some of the burden off parents who are having to work from home. Trust must be given to grandparents to assess their own capabilities.
  • Posted by Mandyintdesign May 05, 2020 at 14:43

    This risks covid being passed to grandparents by the children. If your daughter works for the NHS she can apply for a place in the local hub school/nursery
  • Posted by CarolConnell May 05, 2020 at 14:47

    Agreed. Paid childminders are allowed to continue working, many grandparents are simply unpaid childminders. We do not want to harm our precious grandchildren and will follow all rules required.
  • Posted by Hazel1 May 05, 2020 at 14:48

    With many parents working from home and not qualifying for child care in the hubs, allowing Grandparents to child care would help parents trying to juggle their own work and their child's school work.
  • Posted by SarahJ1234 May 05, 2020 at 15:23

    I’m on maternity leave (6 week old and 3 year old with other half working from home) but in desperate need of support from grandparents. I can deal with 3yo not being in nursery with grandparents support instead - and preferable as more likely to catch the virus from nursery than grandparents who have been social distancing/staying home
  • Posted by ABM May 05, 2020 at 15:49

    I agree, this would work well.
  • Posted by ljk84 May 05, 2020 at 17:05

    healthy grandparents who can help out absolutely should be able to. Agree with all the comments above
  • Posted by Scotty141 May 05, 2020 at 18:55

    Agree my daughter is expected to work and she has a one year old nursery is closed as a healthy grandparent I should be allowed to travel to babysit
  • Posted by Pandamamma May 06, 2020 at 18:01

    I agree but would extend this to allow for care in the grandparents house. As a household with one working from home unsuccessfully and the other currently on furlough due to childcare needs of a nursery age child, in order for us to be able to work from home successfully a grandparent would need to look after our child in their home
  • Posted by Nursewifemother May 07, 2020 at 19:23

    If you are a key worker then childcare is provided free. Not sure why the original poster isn’t using this. I am and it’s brilliant.
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