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Christmas bonus?

(24 Posts)
rumtumtugger Thu 13-Dec-12 17:58:22

How much of a Christmas bonus do people usually give their childminder? I was thinking a big box of chocs for her family plus 2-4 weeks bonus???

SoldeInvierno Thu 13-Dec-12 18:18:05

that seems extremely generous. Most employers only give about 3% to 5% to general employees (ie, not people with bonuses built into their contracts)

EverybodysSnowyEyed Thu 13-Dec-12 18:19:56

We gave ours 3% and a present

anewyear Thu 13-Dec-12 18:53:44

Last year one set of parents gave me a bottle of red and a white, Another gave me a boxed set of Sanctuary products, and another I got a bottle of wine.
No CM round this way get bonus's, would be nice tho..

EverybodysSnowyEyed Thu 13-Dec-12 18:58:04

Sorry - saw you meant childminder. I meant my nanny!

As a childminder isn't an employee I don't think a bonus is appropriate. However, if you have the funds and you think she deserves it then maybe vouchers or something?

wednesdaygirl Thu 13-Dec-12 19:43:45

A bonus shock
Ive been a cm for 15yrs and best ive got is a box of chocs

FeelingOld Thu 13-Dec-12 20:25:32

I usually get wine, flowers, chocs, biscuits, ornaments etc. I don't expect to get anything so getting any of these is lovely, would definitely not expect a cash bonus.

AnitaBlake Thu 13-Dec-12 20:28:38

We gave a bonus to our CM last year and will again this year, along with a nice bottle. She's amazing and DD adores her, it seems only right to me.

Festivedidi Thu 13-Dec-12 20:33:26

Well I certainly can't afford a 2-4 week bonus for ours!! I'm amazed that anyone would be that generous personally but if you can afford it then I'm sure she would appreciate it.

I get ours a nice box of chocs and some smellies. Probably spend between £10 and £15 as that's what we can afford.

Arisbottle Thu 13-Dec-12 20:36:24

We have a home help and we get her a present, this time a weekend away and we pay her for the two weeks she is not working.

ninjanurse Thu 13-Dec-12 20:50:56

I always get my CM a box of chocs and a £20 voucher smile

bamboostalks Thu 13-Dec-12 20:54:33

When dd went 3 days I gave cm £100 voucher plus bottle of good red wine, she's a wine connoisseur. Now ds is there for 1 day only, it'll be £50 voucher and wine.

rumtumtugger Thu 13-Dec-12 22:06:14

Ah ok. My neighbour (American, tipping culture) was saying she gave a few weeks bonus, but it seems that's unusual. Thanks for the suggestions.

Blondeshavemorefun Thu 13-Dec-12 23:50:31

2-4 weeks bonus - wow

I've usually had a weeks wages and small pressie from children

That's very much appreciated if family can afford it

But a months salary

'Blondes faints'

Strix Fri 14-Dec-12 08:58:18

I am American, and I don't give the childminder a bonus. I'll give her a gift at the Christmas party she is throwing for the kids. But, I thought a bonus was for an employee?

2-4 weeks for a childminder is certainly extraordinary. But, if you can and want to, hey why not? 'tis the season.

minderjinx Fri 14-Dec-12 09:02:31

I'd say a gift would be more usual, or perhaps a voucher if you aren't sure what she would like.

ZuleikaD Fri 14-Dec-12 10:06:58

I'm a CM and I'm certainly not anticipating a bonus!

MissNJE Fri 14-Dec-12 10:53:09

I am a nanny and I don't expect anything. I much prefer a good relationship during the rest of the year than money or expensive gifts.

I once worked for a family that wasn't very nice to me and superloaded (think own jet etc.) who gave me one months gross salary. It was around 3k. I was shock .

From other families I got either a weeks salary or other presents.

MarshmallowCupcake Fri 14-Dec-12 22:04:59

With one job I had, I got the 2-4 week bonus you've suggested - I was completely overwhelmed! Really made me feel appreciated and loved. They were a great family.
I get a lot less now but I still appreciate what I get!

bunnymother Fri 14-Dec-12 22:07:46

We pay a week's salary to our full time nanny, as well as a small present.

ImagineJL Fri 14-Dec-12 22:27:27

Am I reading this correctly? People are giving up to 4 weeks wages extra as a bonus? That's crazy surely, unless you're massively rich. My nanny works 3 days a week for me, earning about £400 per week. Are some of seriously saying you'd give a bonus of £1600?

It's different for child minders because the hourly rate is far less, but surely no nanny would expect that kind of bonus?

nannyof3 Sat 15-Dec-12 02:21:44

Im a nanny and got a box of chocs last year, and the family have mega money. This year for my bday, i got nothing !!

MarshmallowCupcake Sat 15-Dec-12 12:15:29

ImagineL - no nanny expects a bonus of 4 weeks!! Not many nannies get a bonus either but when we do, we really appreciate it!
A thoughtful gift is more than enough.

GrimAndHumourlessAndEven Sat 15-Dec-12 12:44:43

yes a thoughtful gift, a wonky tree dec from the children, maybe a nice handcream. A bonus is incredibly generous, what a lovely idea, lucky CM to be working with you, rumtum.

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