What do you tip day care providers?

Susan - posted on 12/17/2008 ( 15 moms have responded )

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I'm reading (online) $25-$75 per person, or a gift. I like the idea of money since it is a husband and wife operation (you can only consume so many fruit baskets!!), but don't want to seem either cheap or over the top!!

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Corina - posted on 12/18/2008

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Owning my own program and working for several as an administrator, I can tell you that ANYTHING is appreciated. (but yeah, no fruit baskets) j/k. So many people forget about their providers and I commend you for doing so. Not as an obligation but as a kind gesture for the hard work she and her husbband put into the care of your precious little one. As a husband and wife team, I would suggest a gift card for a resteraunt where they can both enjoy. Flowers throughout the years or just simple cards made by your little one is also nice. You can also look around her home to get an idea of what she might NEED. THere is a difference between giving to your provider and giving to the program. One is more personal and the other is inpersonal but may boost her program. Good luck in whatever you decide, and once again...Hats off to you and your family for thinking of your providers! :-)

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Amanda - posted on 12/15/2013

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They would love a cash bonus! It's not impersonal. It's perfect. You aren't their friend - you are giving them a cash bonus.

Susan - posted on 12/22/2008

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Thank so much to all who helped and your generous input!! Because it is a husband and wife home and their single source of income, we decided to go with money so they can spend the money however they desire, included with a Christmas card of our little guy!

Heather - posted on 12/20/2008

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Whatever you can afford is lovely - I have been a daycare provider for years and have had all sorts of things, but to be honest my preference (and what I give my kids' teachers) is stuff that gets used up, not so much the keepsake type of thing. After a while those get to be dust collectors! One of my favourite gifts was a lovely photo of my one little charge with a letter of thanks - that went straight into my photo album!

Cyndi - posted on 12/19/2008

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I work in a child care center. A simple gift in recognition of all they do is just wonderful. I have received everything from ornaments to a Starbucks card, to Sees candies. It just really depends on the family. Speaking from a child care providers spot it just truly means the most that you recognize what we do and thank us. A gift does not even matter or is expected even home made goodies are wonderful. We really appreciate a simple Thank You. Happy Holidays!!!!!!!

Michelle - posted on 12/18/2008

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I was a daycare provider and honestly i didn't get a tip and didn't want one cause it was just a good thing to spend time with the kids i was offered some but didn't ever want them cause it was just a good time spending thing. But I guess some people are different.

Bethanie - posted on 12/18/2008

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My provider and I have become friends in the 7 yrs she's had my kids. I knew one year she was doing in home repairs so I did a Home Depot gift card, last year she was re-doing he bedroom so I gave her a JC Penney card to get her linens. This year it's a gift card to the local tattoo shop, she's been saving for awhile so my gift is the final push. My daughter also attends a pre-school program a few days a week and we give a handmade Christmas ornament to that teacher. I hope this helps!

Chaeli - posted on 12/18/2008

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As a home child care provider of 17 years, I have received many different forms of "tips/gifts" at holiday time. Like mentioned, it depends if the parents even think about it, or what they can afford. I have an ornamanent on my tree from one of my first families that says "World's best Child Care Provider" that I hold very near and dear to my heart. Gift certificates for massages, getting your nails done, being pampered, all of those are very nice too...but for me, it also means so much to receive a card that the parents have taken time to write in, telling you how much they appreicate you and all you do for them. Hearing that a few times a year is bonus as well! It's easy to feel underappreciated and just a simple THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO...boosts the morale tremendously!

Mandy - posted on 12/17/2008

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Having worked in a daycare myself it didn't really matter what the kids/parents gave me as a Christmas present. I was just the thought that counted. My first Christmas at a day care center I wasn't even thinking that I would get anything from my students but when I did I didn't care what it was. I was just very happy that they thought of me. I say just do what you can and they will be happy with anything you are able to give.

Kelly - posted on 12/17/2008

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We are a "low-income" family and recieve help with childcare expenses from the state and I do't really know how much she gets paid.. For teachers and daycare we buy gifts that consist of construction paper, glue, pencils, crayons, etc. This way I know it will go to good use, rather than another handmade Christmas ornament or candle. What teacher or childcare provider doesn't need more of this sort of thing!

Stephany - posted on 12/17/2008

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I do little things for my daycare all year long to show how much we care. I send flowers in the fall. I hate to do money it's so impersonal. I give gift certificates so she can have manicure, pedicure or a massage. Things to help relax after chasing my kids all day. I have given candles, candy etc.....

Brenda - posted on 12/17/2008

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Our daughter is in a large day care setting. I got her teacher a $50 gift card to Walmart where I know she likes to shop.

User - posted on 12/17/2008

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Like any gift, the simple fact that you give something should be what matters- and I don't think it's too common that people give anything more than you would anyone else (for the holidays). I used to work in a daycare and now my 3 year old son is in one (and I work in a different field now). With the economy being so crazy, maybe even consider "volunteering" to help out, or simply donating or giving a gift that can be used in the class. This year, I'm giving mini-bags of cookies and giving Starbucks gift cards (since all of the teachers love coffee). It keeps the price reasonable for me, since my son's daycare costs more than my mortgage. Remember, it's the thought that counts the most!

Jamie - posted on 12/17/2008

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I am a daycare provider. I receive from one family a weeks pay in tip but from others it is a candle or sometimes even nothing. It depends on the family and how much they can afford or if they even think about it.

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I don't have daycare but I just heard this on NPR (National Public Radio) they say for services like this it should be equal to one week pay or if they only watch them one day a week then one days wage. Sounds like a lot to me but they said that people like this depend on holiday tips as part of their salary and so we shouldn't think of it as a gift but part of what we should pay them. (I"m not a daycare provider either so I'm not speaking on their behalf) =)

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