Who’s Looking After the Kids?
Grandparents are increasingly taking a hands-on role with childcare these days as it becomes more common for both parents to work outside the home. A shortage of flexible, affordable childcare means that grandparents often end up stepping in to help, and taking on a significant carer role for their grandchildren. If you, like many other seniors these days, spend a large percentage of your time caring for your grandchildren, it’s important that you have a safe, child-friendly environment with plenty of activities nearby to keep them entertained and let them burn off some of that boundless energy. Retirement Communities Australia villages are built with this in mind, and with the aim of making it easier than ever for grandparents to look after their grandchildren in a safe, child-friendly environment.
What childcare options are available? Currently, working parents have limited options when it comes to affordable childcare. Long day-care is expensive, especially for very young babies, and there can be long waiting lists. Most conventional childcare centres are only open from 8am-6pm, and this can make it impossible for parents who work shifts to find care for their children when they need it, unless they can afford a live-in nanny or au pair.
What role do grandparents play in childcare? Grandparents who are retired are often willing and available to take care of their grandchildren while parents are at work, and it can be a mutually beneficial relationship for everyone. The parents get trusted, flexible and affordable (or even free!) childcare. The children get one-on-one attention from loving grandparents, and grandparents get to spend quality time with their grandchildren. Although rewarding, childcare can also be challenging work for grandparents. It is exhausting at times, and space constraints can make having the children at your home a strain with mess and noise. This can be made more difficult if you are in a cramped house or apartment, or living in an isolated area with few amenities and child-friendly activities nearby.
How our villages help Fortunately, Retirement Communities Australia villages have plenty of options for grandparents who are caring for grandchildren part or full-time. From spacious two and three-bedroom villas, to a variety of child-friendly activities on the doorstep, there are plenty of advantages to village life for grandparents and grandchildren alike. Facilities include the village swimming pool and children’s play areas, so your charges can burn off some energy. If you want to venture further afield, the town centre and local amenities are only a short distance away.
Modern life is expensive. With rising house prices and an uncertain economy, many families now have both parents working, and this trend looks set to continue into the future. Grandparents play a vital role in childcare for many families and many enjoy the chance to spend time with their grandchildren on a regular basis and play an active role in their lives. Living in one of our villages can make caring for your grandchildren a much easier experience.