Sorry for thread hijack but I have a slightly similar question... I have a nanny starting just before Christmas. Will obviously get her a gift (probably vouchers or some such as I won't know her v well yet!)
Should I also do a mini bonus pro rated from the annual amount though? Or is that a bit weird?
There is always a huge range of experiences and opinions on MN about this. I've had a nanny for 6 years now, and asked a similar question in the early days.
Nanny's experiences range from getting nothing at all, to a small, thoughtful gift (maybe something that the children have chosen, or made, or something that the parents know that the nanny will love) to cash bonuses of maybe a day's wages or up to a week's wages. There is massive divergence.
I give a day's wages as a bonus, plus a box of chocolates or something along those lines. And a card written by the DC and a card written by us saying how much we appreciate her.
In the summer (the anniversary of our nanny joining us) we give a week's wages as a bonus. That takes into account the bonus I get from work at the same time, and I think that I couldn't do my job to the level required for me to get a bonus if we didn't have a very good nanny in the first place.
It is completely up to you. Your OP suggests that your nanny has been with you for less than a year and that you won't have a continuing relationship with her. I think, if it were me in those circumstanes, I would give something at the �50 or so mark as a Christmas and leaving gift.
I think a gift or bonus equal to a weeks wage is usual in London nanny jobs, however different nannies have different experiences. My mate did a nanny share (caring full time for a toddler & baby from different families) one family gave her a CD, the other gave her a weekend in a hotel in Bath!
I have friends with nannies, and those nannies are valued and happy in their jobs. Genuinely so , they have excellent, long standing working relationships. They are London based, or within the M25. Never have I seen anyone pay a week's wages as a Christmas bonus. Assuming a full time week (say, around 50 hours for a nanny?) at, say �12 per hour, that would be a bonus of �600. That is huge. Obviously, it would be a wonderful Christmas gift, but please don't think it is standard!
(My friends are not the types to be earning seven figure salaries, with enormous bonuses themselves, though.)
I have had some nice bonus'. I've even had a months wages as a Christmas bonus, I did sit and stare at it open mouthed for about half an hour! But generally a weeks wages has been the norm. Plus a few presents, some silly cheap presents (a bottle of fairy washing up liquid!) to more expensive presents (a Nikon zoom lens and this year I am getting a kitchenaid mixer, which I am super excited about!) to be honest, the presents that mean the most to me are the ones that took a little thought or the children have actually chosen. Whether they cost £25 or £350.
I have never received any gifts/bonuses or anything at Christmas, not even a happy birthday wish when it was my birthday! It makes me so sad that they can't even make a card from the kids for me, I would be so happy with that. I spend money and put a lot of thought into getting their children lovely birthday and Christmas gifts. I will not be buying for the parents this year!
I think we've decided to go for chocs and a voucher. And do bonus on anniversary of employment start rather than trying to do a teeny bonus now for a couple of weeks' work! Hope it goes down OK. Will be so much easier next year when we all know each other!!
Had super nanny for five months. She's getting some benfit make up from me, a 'lush' gift box chosen by DD and 200 quid cash bonus. I'm not rich, only have nanny due to absolute necessity but I want her to feel appreciated.
For a while (when the pennies were not as tight as they are now) we gave £500 plus a present at Christmas. (We are north London zone 2, that is pretty standard if not on the low side). This year we gave her £100 - basically cannot afford more and have already cut a ton of corners to keep her in the first place. When our family income increases again then so will her bonuses / our gifts to her.
In previous jobs I have had a few small gifts and been very grateful for these.
However in my new job - I have been given a gift from the parents, a gift from dc and a weeks wages! I was in shock when i opened the envelope and need to thank them for being so generous. However before opening the envelope, I read the christmas card and - a note saying thank you and how much I am appreciated - this was lovely and would have been very happy just with this.
In previous jobs, I've had small gifts, £50 tattoo voucher, cards, chocs, slippers when I started a new job. In my current job I got my then weeks wages as a Xmas gift. This year I got my current (higher) weeks wages as a bonus (to spend on a tattoo ), some bits for my kitchen as my boss knew I was getting a breadmaker and a 10% pay rise alongside a lovely card saying how much they appreciated me and how hard I'd worked all year. I burst into tears I was so shocked. This family have always been generous but the bonus and pay rise was unexpected. The card is lovely and says some things I will cherish forever
£500 plus a present standard in N London??!! Maybe if you're talking Hampstead or St. John's Wood. I'm giving my nanny £100 plus some bath stuff and chocolates, that's 10 hours net pay and she works 21 hours per week. She costs over half of my net salary a month, which I don't begrudge as she is fantastic with the kids, but no way could I afford £500 and I don't know anyone who gives that sort of bonus.