The groups my children attended always gave gifts at Christmas as a thank you and when the children become old enough to go to full time school and moved on from the playgroups they would also put in money to buy the leaders/helpers gifts and cards to say thank you. I think it sad that the groups you attend do not seem to have done this or have I missed the point ?
Im sure there are awards from organisations such as Mothercare etc but I dont know how you go about nominating your staff.
Oddly, I can't even work out which topic to put this in, but I'd like to make a suggestion for an annual Mumsnet playgroup leader award. The majority of these groups (and by playgroup I mean a group that costs less than £3 to attend and you stay with your children) are run by volunteers and they are rarely recognised or thanked for the amazing work they do week by week. I certainly would have found my time as a stay at home Mum far more difficult without our local playgroups. What do you think?