Grannies or Nannies? Germany Considers Family Leave for Grandparents

German grandparents are not just baking cookies and taking their grandchildren to museums. They are playing a structural role in childcare, usually voluntarily. The German government is now considering providing legally protected leave time for grandparents who want to provide primary care for their grandchildren.
Von Kate Katharina Ferguson
Children wash their hands at the Kinderland preschool in the eastern German city of Halle.

Children wash their hands at the Kinderland preschool in the eastern German city of Halle.

Foto: Waltraud Grubitzsch/ picture alliance / dpa