Christmas Gifts for Day Care

Martha - posted on 12/20/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )

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Is it customary to give your day care provider(s) Christmas Gifts? A co-worker brought that up to me the other day. She was wondering what I do for our provider. She said that some of the parents from her day care were giving gifts. Some were even giving money/gift cards. I never really considered it as we are paying so much any way in tuition.

Just wondering what if anything others were doing.

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Timora - posted on 12/25/2010

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When I worked in a day care I would sometimes get small gifts like lotions, chocolates, small gift cards and cards colored by the students. They definitely did not come from everyone though. Even though you pay a lot in tuition, the teachers are probably only making around $10 an hour, so a show of appreciation is a nice gesture, especially if the teacher is really good with your child.

Daycare - posted on 12/18/2012

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Really? You never thought about it?

Because you pay the going rate for childcare, she doesn't deserve a little thank you gift at Christmas? The woman who loves your little one while you're away? The one who takes care of your most prized possession?

Glad you're not my client.

Some of my most loved gifts have been heartfelt letters written inside a pretty card. Nothing but time spent.

You can't even muster that, because you are paying her "so" much"???

Scrooge personified.

Ingrid - posted on 12/30/2010

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I gave them a coffee mug with a few chocolates in it... made a little card with the kids on it and wrapped in cellophane with a little ribbon attaching the hand made cards.. Not expensive, but something they can use.

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Amanda - posted on 12/15/2013

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Are you kidding me - so when you are at work - you wouldn't like a cash bonus in yor pay cheque. ??
Come
On!

Amanda - posted on 12/15/2013

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That sucks. That's how much the person who cares for your child means to you. Cheap cheap cheap.

Amanda - posted on 12/15/2013

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That sucks and I would have poor feelings towards your child after. Show some respect for what they do - this is yor child!

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My MIL has been a daycare provider for over 30 years and she's always had parents give gifts for Christmas. She's gotten the most in the 14 years she ran her home daycare though - one parent got her a $50 gift card to P.F. Chang's AND a giant bottle of Scotch (running joke between that parent and my MIL). Of course, not a lot of the parents do that much, but the average gift is some cookies and a card or something along those lines. Plus she usually gets CHristmas cards from past and present families of kids she watched/watches :)

Amanda - posted on 12/29/2010

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I provide in-home daycare and although I don't expect it, it is move to know that my work is appreciated. This year two of my parents gave me a $25.00 gift card to Olive Garden. Now my spouse and I can afford to go on a date night. Yea!

Christine - posted on 12/29/2010

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Yes you should always give a gift to daycare, teachers, hair dresser, Nail ladies. even if its home made cookies.

Jenny - posted on 12/28/2010

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This year I gave my daughters day care teachers some homemade cookies and an ornament (i buy the small ones with 12 in a box).
It's just a token of my appreciation for all they do.

Michelle - posted on 12/27/2010

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Like Timora, I too worked in a daycare... and yes its very true that the parents pay a lot for tuition and yet, the teachers who do all the work don't get enough in return for all the work they do. It made me personally feel very good to know that when the parents thought enough to show appreciation with a gift or at least a card. We are the mommies away from home day in and day out and any form of appreciation makes us feel like the parents don't take us for granted. Imagine as a parent not getting even a card on mothers day. It would kinda be upsetting.

Nerissa - posted on 12/27/2010

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My dayhome provider is always giving my daughter gifts for easter/valentines/birthday/christmas etc. so I will be giving her a box of chocolates and her two children gifts for christmas as well.

Debbie - posted on 12/23/2010

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My kids are in school and Pre-school. I give the teachers a small gift and a hand written card from the kids to thank them for their efforts in caring for my kids during the day.

Erin - posted on 12/22/2010

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I bought the owner a nice apple scented holiday candle and I got the other girls a large box of chocolates to share.

Belinda - posted on 12/21/2010

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Ive wrapped up a large box of ferrero rochers and a card from my little one saying thanks for a great year. Wouldnt worry about a gift as such. It is their job and we do pay them but i think its nice to show we appreciate what they do. Dont go overboard. there is a proffessional line!

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