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Christmas presents for nursery staff?

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Unwind Sun 12-Dec-10 20:05:12

Is it the norm to give nursery staff Christmas presents?

MrsColumbo Sun 12-Dec-10 20:24:01

I give them something chocolate-based - as there are quite a few staff, a large tin of something means that no-one gets left out or feels slighted. I haven't got the time or the money to buy individual presents, and yes, I know I pay them, but they work really hard and the recognition of that is appreciated. I think whether you want to or not is entirely up to you tbh - you shouldn't feel pressured to buy or not to buy (was that the question?)

CharlotteBronteSaurus Sun 12-Dec-10 20:25:16

yes. they work hard for rubbish money.
i am sending in wine.

Unwind Sun 12-Dec-10 20:27:15

I do want to get them something - they are wonderful, and I'd like to show our appreciation!

So, chocolates or wine smile

Megletitsnow Sun 12-Dec-10 20:27:37

I always give them presents as they work their arses off.

oneortwo Sun 12-Dec-10 20:27:55

I will both for DSs old nursery and his new one.
It's a long old day with a room full of other people's kids and I feel that the staff at both nurseries were always patient and cheerful and kind and imaginative.
We pay a lot but the nursery nurses on the ground don't get all that much!

I wouldn't do it if I felt it was just a creche and nothing above that (i.e. safe, fed, clean bum but nothing more)

I am doing it because I am genuinely really grateful and impressed

I did a token thing when I used a child minder that I didn't like, but only to avoid embarrassement when she handed over her un heartfelt token present to us on the last day before christmas. That wouldn't be such a prob with a nursery IMO

slopingsite Sun 12-Dec-10 20:29:32

I will be watching this with interest. Was going to send big tin of chocs. Wine is nice but they can't really share it at work can they!

oneortwo Sun 12-Dec-10 20:31:19

slopingsite I think the norm is with bottles of wine they get raffled amongst the staff, or if there's enough gifts they get one each to take home.

I'm sending edibles because there's pregnant staff

MrsColumbo Sun 12-Dec-10 20:37:10

Yes, I did think of wine too, but there's the thing about sharing it out, and also the fact that about 3 of the staff are pregnant!

sparkleshine Mon 13-Dec-10 14:36:30

I asked my sil this at the weekend (she also works there). Wasn't sure what the protocol was with gifts.
Apparently we are to (if we want) send in a tin of chocs or whatever and they usually have enough to share/raffle them between all staff. That's what I'm gonna do.
But I think I'm gonna get something small like a miniture gift set I've seen in asda for the 5 main staff who work in baby room.

twinterror Mon 13-Dec-10 20:11:21

at our nursery, we all chip in a donation towards the staff night out at christmas rather than them getting a load of chocs/wine etc

Jojo1983 Wed 15-Dec-10 21:55:14

In my nursery all big tins of chocolate etc get raffled off however if the parents wanted to give their Childs keyworker a personal present we ask them to put the keyworkers name on it to ensure they get to keep it.

LunaticFringe Wed 15-Dec-10 21:59:06

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elportodelgato Wed 15-Dec-10 22:07:56

I've bought chocs and smellies for DD's keyworker

Maria2007loveshersleep Wed 15-Dec-10 22:30:44

Sounds good, I'll buy a nice pack of biscuits / chocolate (other ideas)? for the nursery staff & hopefully they'll then know what to do with it, how to share it around.

santasbluebaubles Thu 16-Dec-10 10:33:29

I've done a gift bag of things for the staff room at DDs nursery - a big box of chocs, a handwash/handcream set, some posh hot chocolate and a selection of magazines. That way they all get to share. I didn't want to just single out her key worker because whilst she is lovely, they tend to rotate staff through all of the rooms so they have all looked after DD at one time or another.

mylittlemonkey Sat 18-Dec-10 16:45:01

I have bought a nice candles/ smellies giftset for DS keyworker and i am going to make some biscotti (surprisingly easy) and Panforte (italian xmas fruitcake) and wrap in cellophane with xmas ribbon for the rest of the girls in the baby room which i think is a nice gift and something different than chocs which they must get loads of.

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