Grandparents' Day 2017 was on Tuesday 5th September.
Grandparents are a valuable and vital resource in our community. They provide children with a stability and a sense of generational continuity. Grandparents help us to understand who we are. For most families, grandparents are the central bank of memories as children never tire of hearing stories about their own parents when they were children. To a grandparent, each grandchild is a wonderful mystery who is unique, special and loveable.
Grandparents’ Day is a chance for children and the community to thank grandparents for their love and support. This special day recognises the significant contribution that grandparents make to their families and communities. It is also an occasion for acknowledging the efforts and devotion of grandparents who are full-time carers for their grandchildren. Did you know that in 2011, around 937,000 Australian children received child care from a grandparent on a regular basis? This represented over a quarter of all children (26%) aged 0-12 years who regularly attended some type of child care.