Every family has to find the right balance that works for them. Grandparent care has some obvious advantages: trust and love. Also it’s more flexible than daycare. Click here for some information on the pros and cons of different types of childcare.

You should always make sure you find opportunities for your grandchild to mix with other children. The best way to do this is by attending a regular playgroup, where your grandchild will get to know and interact with children the same age.

You should also make sure your grandchild has an adequate level of activity. Driving them around a lot might not be the best way for them to get exercise. The evidence shows that children looked after by grandparents may be more likely to be overweight. So get that bicycle or scooter out for them!

Children under 5 who can walk on their own should be physically active for at least three hours a day. This should be spread throughout the day, indoors or outside.  Click here for information about how much exercise children should do in order to keep healthy.

Be careful of their diets. It’s easy to overfeed a child, and as the grandparent it is tempting to ‘treat’ a child with too many sugary drinks, sweets, biscuits, cakes, ice cream and other empty calories. Click here for healthy recipes and tips.