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?)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.