Is there an etiquette to Chrismas tips/gifts for daycare providers?

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Joelle - posted on 11/25/2008

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I think $50 is plenty! I usually get a gift card to local spas, etc, for between $25 and $50. I always think it is so generous of people to give that much, especially at this time of the year! I've also gotten handmade gifts, which are so nice as well. One child one year made me an ornament with her handprint on it, and every year when I hang it on the tree, I think of her. I also don't expect ANYTHING, it is just so nice to know people are thinking of me!

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My only suggestioin would be to make sure the ornament is not breakable or too small. Yes I know we all think of that but when it comes time to buy we seem to forget.

A gift card would be nice maybe to a place where she can be pampered.

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I usually end up donating a new toy or something along the line of unopened diapers to our daycare. There are a few children that attend our daycare that do not have enough diapers in their bins because mom forgets or just can't buy them at the time. The new toy usually gets put into the toy bin for everyone to use and they are always thankful for the donations. I've even donated a few of my daughter's old outfits to be kept aside for those times that get really messy and the children go through all the outfits mommy has packed for them.

Jennifer - posted on 11/24/2008

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Thanks for your input Julie! Do you own your daycare? That was sort of my issue. I know at alot of places you aren't suppose to except gifts. I'm probably over thinking things but thats why I was wondering if it was like - oh of course you give cash or a gift or if that could be something that could have caused an issue for them.

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Nancy - posted on 12/20/2013

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HELP! I just did a Google search on this as it is my first year of childcare. My daughter has been going to in-home childcare for about 6 months, 3 days a week. It seems like the etiquette is one week's pay and I just can't afford it (I am a single mom and my childcare is heavily subsidized by the government due to my low income). What should I give her? I don't want to seem lame or her to feel unappreciated.

Nicoe - posted on 11/29/2013

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I always get the daycare children I watch about 6 gifts.
It would be nice to get something, a homemade card even.
Kinda stinks when you realize how little you mean to parents.

Teresa - posted on 12/16/2009

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Preschool teacher here: I just love to get the smallest things, even a note of thanks. We as teachers want to know that we make a difference. Most preschool teacher just want parents to know that we are in this field because we want to impact a young life. I would say you should get your child's teacher a dollar store gift with a note. She will be thrilled.

Betsy - posted on 12/14/2009

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When it is a center where the teachers are employed and paid by the center, any gift is good. I have done gift cards to restaurants, book stores, etc. If you know their interests, your could buy a gift that suits those. If it is a private nanny, the usual is one week's salary.

Melissa - posted on 11/25/2008

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I just left a daycare where I cared for infants. I was overwhelmed with the generosity of some of my parents. Anything you give to your caregiver will be appreciated. I know i loved whatever they did. Even if all they did was say "Merry Christmas"!!

Mary - posted on 11/25/2008

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I always heard you give in a gift what you pay per week. Daycare, housekeeper,etc.

Dancerlucy - posted on 11/24/2008

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i say since im a in home daycare provider, this is what i usually get, 1 to 2 weeks of extra pay, that is usually my so called present. but i have also gotten gift cards and really nice presents. but it is all in what you can afford. thanks joelle for pointing out that we are really 2nd moms. some people tend to forget what we really do, for not much pay either.

Julie - posted on 11/24/2008

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You seem to be on track with your ideas. I have a small in home daycare, usually 3-5 kids at a time. we are very informal here. I give home made t shirts to all my kids and usually get something small from them. Some of the parents also give a gift. Mostly cash or gift cards. I have also gotten a lot of pamper your self kinds of things, pedicure sets, lotion and PJs are a yearly staple. Because it's it just me there are no rules about accepting gifts. Carrie, I would think $50 would be plenty. Just do what you can and I'm sure tey will appreciate what ever you give, I always do.

Carrie - posted on 11/24/2008

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this is my first year dealing with this issue too. I was planning on getting her an ornament (or something small and personalized) along with a gift card for about $50. We pay 150/week for care in her home. Does $50 seem like too little?

Julie - posted on 11/24/2008

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I am actually a daycare provider, and i can say that anything given from the heart is great. I have gotten anything from hand made items to an extra months pay. Do what you can afford and what you feel is appropriate. I never expect my families to give me anything, and not all of them do. It may depend on weather you are personally close to her or is it more businesslike.

Jennifer - posted on 11/24/2008

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Joelle that is what I was thinking. I agree! They are so important and not paid alot. These women love my son and take such good care of him. Its a big daycare/preschool and I just wasn't really sure how most people handle it.

Joelle - posted on 11/24/2008

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$$$$ or gift cards - I would base the amount on how often your child is there. If your child is there full time, you should really show her your appreciation.....she is essentially a second mom to your baby, and looks out for her well-being, nutrition, health, manners, etc every single day.

Kerri - posted on 10/18/2008

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I gave cash once but now we give something handmade from the kids because there are so many teachers between the two classes.

Jenna - posted on 10/18/2008

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hi there i work in a nursery and we are always told that we are not allowed to except cash, but other items have not been a problem if you do want to do cash put it in a card with their names on it an tell them not to open it at work x

Nancy - posted on 10/18/2008

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As a preschool teacher, I will say that any token of thanks is appreciated and welcomed. My favorite keepsakes over the years are thoughtful notes written by parents with photos of the children included. Some of the more useful gifts I have received include: gift certificates to stores like Target or Books-A-Million, restaurant gift cards, movie gift certificates, and nail salon gift cards ( I really like the previous post's suggestion of a spa gift certificate though!). If your child attends day care at a facility, you can always ask for the director's input of what things the particular teacher likes (or for a list of their hobbies and interests... like scrap booking etc.). 'Hope this helps!

Cindy - posted on 10/17/2008

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A nice idea is a picture that your child had painted or drawn and frame it. I know from working in childcare that you treasure these little thngs from the kids, remember the kids are a big part of these peoples lives so its hard not to get attached, another idea, get the kids to help make some chocolate and wrap them up with a little tag that says handmade with love from your childs name.

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Hi Jennifer,
i usually get the girls in my children's rooms at day care a box of choccies each but last year i got them Body Shop gift packs. I think it worked out at $19.00 each and it lasted them about 6 mths..... I will definately do it again this year.
Hope that helped :-)

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Hi Jennifer,
i usually get the girls in my children's rooms at day care a box of choccies each but last year i got them Body Shop gift packs. I think it worked out at $19.00 each and it lasted them about 6 mths..... I will definately do it again this year.
Hope that helped :-)

Jennifer - posted on 10/17/2008

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Thanks thats a good one! I would like to get the ladies in his room something but I just wasnt sure how thats usually handled. And if cash is the thing to do or not.

Kimberly - posted on 10/17/2008

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Back when I had my daughter in a day home I got a gift certificate for a spa. Figured anyone could love a treat like that.

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