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Leaving gift for nursery

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Bumperlicioso Thu 09-Jun-11 14:45:43

DD1 leaves nursery next month and I was thinking about a leaving gift.

It's been a good, but not great nursery. I'm not even entirely sure who her current key worker is, so I was thinking of a collective gift. Also, some of the parents/children have been giving out sweets to all the children as a goodbye.

What have other people done?

swash Thu 09-Jun-11 16:24:53

I was just about to post the same question - for my brilliant nursery. I want to buy a collective gift for the staff, plus a couple of bottles for the key worker and manager.

Previously I have always given cava to manager, box of chocs/bix to staff.

Bumperlicioso Thu 09-Jun-11 21:01:59


nancy75 Thu 09-Jun-11 21:04:28

my dd left her lovely pre school at the end of a xmas term - I had photos from the xmas play, which i had made into a big collage to hang in the nursery, individually i bought them bath stuff from boots

inmysparetime Tue 14-Jun-11 07:14:11

I work in a day nursery, and get a range of leaving gifts from parents. From a personal point of view, chocolates are disproportionately eaten by management as they can't be left near the kids, flowers are nice but wilt before you get them home, wine is nice, but as so many of the staff are either under 18 or don't drink, possibly no ideal. The nicest gifts I was given were a mug with a child's laminated fridge magnet picture, and another time a nice lip balm. Also, don't forget all the people who looked after your child in younger rooms, as usually the poor baby room staff get nothing while pre school are showered with gifts!

fivegomadindorset Tue 14-Jun-11 07:16:37

When DD left nursery/preschool I gave them a plum tree, they have a small veg and fruit patch.

Ragwort Tue 14-Jun-11 07:34:12

Not sure why you feel the need to buy a gift, particularly if has not been a 'great' nursery?

I've said this before on Mumsnet but I think there is far too much 'present buying' for nurseries, schools etc.

It seems a bit like the 'party bag' scenario - everyone does it and no one (except me grin) is prepared to be the one to stop <or am I just a mean old git?>

Bumperlicioso Tue 14-Jun-11 11:00:04

Well, I think the problems I've had are with the running of the nursery rather than the people looking after my dd. They've been a big part of her life for two years now, I feel I should recognise that with a gift.

princesbold Tue 14-Jun-11 17:48:07

No cheap gifts thanks, all the staff fight over the tins of biscuits and chocolates, we have to hold a raffle to stop the bitching and backstabbing. Best gift to give would be something all the children will be able to use, I-pads are the in thing right now.

jaabaar Thu 28-Jul-11 23:40:53

Hahaha princesbold, I do love your comments and humour! smile))))
Seen ohter posts! Brings smiles to my face!
Thanks ! x
PS: Will defo look into buying 60 i-pads when my DD leaves nursery! smile
If I have some pennies left after paying the nursery that is.....

stoppinchingthedummy Fri 29-Jul-11 20:13:34

I think gifts for the staff who take care of your dc is lovely. The nursery may cost the earth but 99% of the time these staff are on pittance and many (myself included) put their heart and soul into providing the best care they possibly can for the children. I agree personal gifts are nice ..i once got a lovely bottle of handwash ..smelt of oranges and each time i washed my hands at home i thought of the child who i had it from grin it doesnt need to cost the earth but means the world to staff.

kw13 Wed 03-Aug-11 13:47:39

My nursery has a staff christmas fund that they use to fund their outings - I'm going to contribute to that.

clarasebal Wed 18-Sep-13 19:15:38

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