Article preview: Grandparents play a significant emotional and financial role. According to new research from insurer SunLife, four in five grandparents are providing some form of childcare for their grandchildren. As a result, grandparents save a collective £22bn in childcare costs for UK families. The poll of 2,000 grandparents found that 85% provide some form of support. 45% of grandparents provide babysitting for their grandchildren, and 34% provide childcare during the school holidays.