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holiday gift/bonus for child care providers

post #1 of 44
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Last winter, ds had a FT babysitter/nanny, so we gave her a cash bonus of 1 week pay.

This year ds is in a small home day care.

What are you giving as holiday gift or bonus for your child care provider?

Just cash? gift too? Gift certificates? Spa treatments?
post #2 of 44
Subbing because I would love to see other people's ideas, and also to hear from some childcare providers on what they really want!
post #3 of 44
I would also love to know - DS is in a group daycare situation, and has three primary caregivers (not exclusive, obviously) and one some-time caregiver - we are thinking $25 Dunkin Donuts gift cards for the primaries, and a $10 DD gift card for the sometimes person... but not really sure if that's too much, too little, just right - he's there for two extended days (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 2 days a week.
post #4 of 44
I usually do a gift card to a restaurant with a nice card and some baked goods. Last year it was cookies, this year I'm using my Amish Friendship bread starter to make bread to give with gifts.
post #5 of 44
DS is in a family daycare. I've heard the one week thing for those, too, but since my dcp gets paid holidays and vacation, it seems excessive. This will be his third holiday there, I've always given my DCP about a days pay, ($50), her assistant slightly less, and her daughter a small gift. This is prob DS's last holiday there so I am going to up it a bit. But not to a whole week ($300). I was thing $50 PLUS tickets to this show she and her daughter want to see, plus a small gift for her daughter (in case they can't use the tickets) plus $40 for the assistant who will also get some burt's bees stuff. Despite the guidelines of a week's pay my DCP has always seemed thrilled. I do the same on their birthdays.
post #6 of 44
Dd goes to another mom's house before and after school, probably about 50-60% of school days. I think she and I will just bake something for the family, and maybe give a little pretty something. Haven't done this before, but that feels about right.
post #7 of 44
I think a week's pay is a bit much. I was reading an article on MSN this morning about what teachers really want - no mugs with candy! They said they liked something for THEM, not the work, such as restaurant gift cards (with a thought to whether the teacher could/would shop at the place) or something the kids make.

I have ornaments that I decorated with the year on them, and DS is stuffing with icicles. I don't know what else to get. I've been on a binge of making spiced nuts, so I may send some. I'm really torn on the money versus time thing this year - doesn't seem to be much of either going around!
post #8 of 44
When we used an in-home place 3 days/wk, I gave a weeks pay ($75) as a "Chistmas Bonus."

Now, that we use a daycare, I've never done anything. Not sure if I'm supposed to or not.

--LEE
post #9 of 44
wow, everyone is so generous. I was going to bring (or make) some cookies and give a card. DS is in a small center w/ 4-5 workers (throughout the day). I can hardly afford to pay his tuition let alone think about a bonus of 1 week

I;m a teacher and usually some (not most) will bring in something edible from their family. I truly believe it is the thought that counts!
post #10 of 44
we are still the scrooges of the bunch, though not as bad as we once were. We will give a homemade pr. of pants to dcp's son, a $25 gift card to a local kitchen store for dcp & her dp, and probably a nice plate of goodies as well. They are lovely people and always give us nice gifts & make us look bad
post #11 of 44
The parents of the other kids at ds2's centre got together and we are all giving the staff a full day off as a gift. There are 4 f/t staff.

We might give Starbucks gift certificates to ds1's care providers.
post #12 of 44
We have a f/t nanny and we give her a weeks pay and then something special form my son-usually something homemade.
post #13 of 44
When I was a nanny I received two week's pay.
post #14 of 44
last year i gave my in home DCP (DS goes 2 days a week, we pay $50/week) a weeks pay ($50) she seemed shocked but happy, so i guess i'm doing it again this year. i give money in some sort of little present, last year it was a silver ornament in a small pouch (the ornament was a regift
post #15 of 44
We have a nanny, and I've been wondering what we should do. We've only had her for about a month, so a whole week's pay seems like a lot, but we'll probably give her something close to that. We talked about doing something else - a gift certificate, buying her something, etc, and in the end we decided that what she'd be happiest with was the extra cash, so that's what we'll give her.
post #16 of 44
I give mine a gift certificate for dinner and a movie. It's my sil, so I don't know if it matters, but her and my brother don't go out much.
post #17 of 44
Does anyone give gifts to the teachers in a daycare/learning center? My son has 2 teachers in his room and only one of them I know on a "talk to them daily" basis.
post #18 of 44
DS is in a home daycare. We'll probably do the same as last year and give ~1 weeks pay. I feel they could charge more, so I like to give them a nice "bonus" at Christmas time. We just put it in one card addressed to all the teachers (main DCP, her 2 adult daughters and 1 assistant) and then they can distrubute as they see fit.
post #19 of 44
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Originally Posted by acp View Post
We have a nanny, and I've been wondering what we should do. We've only had her for about a month, so a whole week's pay seems like a lot, but we'll probably give her something close to that. We talked about doing something else - a gift certificate, buying her something, etc, and in the end we decided that what she'd be happiest with was the extra cash, so that's what we'll give her.
Just be careful about precedent-setting! We were generous with our sons' nanny the first year, though she had worked less than a year by holiday time. The next year, I think she expected a proportional increase in her bonus, because she had worked the whole year for us, but we didn't bump up her bonus by that much. I had the sense that it was less than she expected. If I had it to do again, I don't think I would have set expectations so high initially, with a large bonus the first year.
post #20 of 44
I am a daycare provider, and the gifts I LOVE are a free pedicure, or a gift card for dinner out.

The other things that have meant a lot to me over the years are the things the kids pick out themselves.

One year many many years ago (1982) Greggy M gave me a box of sweet n Low and bag of marshmellows. You couldn't possibly miss the pride on his face when I opened the gift that he wrapped himself. That one gift meant the world to me, even though, I have never used sweet n Low in my life. But, every year, I remember that.

I also like the small ornaments with the chid's first and last name and the year on the back. I love them especially years later when I might have forgotten about that child.
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