Services for Young Children

Support for grandparents

Families can be reliant on grandparents and other relatives to care for their children in order to work, attend appointments, go to college, spend time with other siblings or just have some ‘time out’.

Like any carer, grandparents from time to time need some guidance or support. Below are some links to helplines and websites that might be useful. (Please note that Hampshire County Council does not specifically recommend or endorse these organisations.)

National charity supporting grandparents and their families.

Helpline: 0845 4349585

Welfare Benefits: 0845 4349585

Website: Grandparents Association

Local office: Portsmouth

Email: louisa.wearn@grandparents-association.co.uk

Address: The Grandparents' Association, 338 Commercial Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 4BT

Telephone: 023 9229 4726

 

Information site about looking after grandchildren.

Website: Grannynet

 

National charity which champions the vital role of grandparents and wider family in children's lives.

Helpline: 033 123 7015

Email: advice@grandparentsplus.org.uk

Website: Grandparents Plus

 

National charity providing help and support in all aspects of family life.

Helpline: 0808 800 2222

Website: Family Lives - Grandparents

 

National charity that supports families of disabled children.

Helpline: 0808 808 3555

Website: Contact A Family

Publication: www.cafamily.org.uk/media/379547  /grandparents.pdf

 

Grandparents looking after children while the parents work will be able to get National Insurance credits towards their basic State Pension.

For further details visit: State Pension

 

And not forgetting…

Children’s Centres and parent/ grandparent and toddler groups are there for socialisation and support.

To find your local groups visit the Family Information Directory.

Click here for information about paying for Ofsted registered childcare.