Wondering if anyone can advise how much I should spend on a Christmas present (which is in addition to the Christmas bonus of 1 week's pay, despite only joining us a month ago) for our Wonder Nanny (she is brilliant)?
I was thinking of just getting her a token gift that cost £10, as she has a nice wad of money coming her way, but then don't want to be stingy w her and we do really REALLY appreciate how fantastic she is. So now am erring toward getting her a cashmere scarf for £35. Thoughts??
To add to Strix' voice of experience. I suggest you are careful how you describe the bonus. Giving one week's pay as bonus for two months work might mean that she expects to get six week's pay next Christmas for a full year's work. You don't want to risk the relationship then by disappointing her.
I'm not saying don't be generous now - it's good to hear of employer/nanny relationships that work - but just think about how you present it.
Strix - she has worked w us P/T for a year, so the honeymoon is over. We have always loved working w her, so jumped at chance to work w her F/T.
MrsWobble - I take your point. I will explain it when we give it to her. We didn't want to pro rata as 1) its mean; and 2) in other employment situations you either qualify for a full bonus or nothing, depending on dates of employment. But, agree, presentation is important re expectations.
My nanny gets cash and a little something chosen by the DCs. Depends on the children's age of course, and the trick is to be careful where you are before suggesting this would be a good place to look for Nanny's present. One year we got our own wonder nanny a ball of string....