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Commenting on the announcement from the Chancellor that working grandparents are to be given a new legal right to take time off to help care for their grandchildren in an extension of the system of flexible parental leave, Imelda Redmond CBE, Chief Executive of 4Children said:
" Grandparents play a central role in the childcare arrangements of many families.
"Including grandparents in shared parental leave will give parents more choice and help them to better manage the high cost of childcare.
"The next goal should be to ensure that childcare provision bridges the gap between the ends of parental leave and the beginning of the free childcare entitlements for two to four year olds."