More grandparents looking after grandkids during school hols
One in four grandparents are taking their grandchildren on holiday to give busy parents a break in a new 'Gramping' trend.
Over a third of the 1,000 families questioned in a survey admitted they depend on grandparents to look after youngsters in the school holidays to save on the cost of childcare.
The researchers said that the results pointed to a new phenomenon dubbed 'gramping' - when grandparents go camping.
The survey's authors said that as well as helping out their hard-pressed children, grandparents are also looking to relive their own childhood holidays and rekindle fond memories with the next generation.
"We know that many people have nostalgic memories of camping trips when they were growing up so it's natural that grandparents want to pass on the enjoyment of a holiday under canvas to their grandchildren," the Daily Mail quoted Paul McClenaghan, Halfords commercial director, as saying.
"Camping is also great value and an ideal way to occupy children and give them an active break," he added.