You sound a lovely employer. As above there is not standard procedure. For example I received chocolate for xmas but also from families I have received cash. Some nannies get nothing some get a thousand pound bonus. For me personally I would like a personalised gift and cash, that would go down very nicely. I don't expect a rise at all yes would be nice
Recognisng that our nanny makes the world go round we do the following:
Annual bonus = one month salary
Christmas gift is vouchers or something I know she would really like. Usually about £80-£120.
Pay rise this year was 10%.
None of this is contractual - I've always been very clear that her doing her job well means I can do mine well. If I do well I get a bonus, if she's supported me in getting there then she gets rewarded. It's a system that works.
I do two weeks salary for our nanny if she has been there for the whole year (we have a new one just started so I would give her say £100). I then give gift vouchers on top like Project Perfect - for £80 in my case. Then I buy something daft and personal from the children.
I don't do a pay rise at Christmas - we do pay reviews as and when.
In the past we have done a weeks net salary in cash and a small gift from the kids.
Payrise is entirely down to your ability to pay it, the timing of when your nanny started. ie it doesn't have to be Christmas. , and where your nanny is in the market. You may not have had a pay rise in years but hired her at the top of the market rate?
It's nice to give a pay rise but you will also have pensions kicking in this year which already adds to her overall package and your costs.