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CherryLips1980 Sun 16-Nov-14 20:24:01

Do you? Should you? What do you get?

DD has been going to a lovely nursery two days a week since July and she absolutely adores going. It's small, only 19 children and 7 staff (as well as people coming in doing nursery training courses), so was wondering - do you get a Christmas present for the staff?

I don't want to get an individual present because I would end up having to get five really (three people who work in her room, the manager who is very hands on and the lady who used to be her keyworker when she first started and made the settling in period very stressfree, but has now moved into another room) so was thinking of something to share between all of them. The obvious choice is chocolates, but can imagine they could be inundated, so any other ideas?

Or would I look like a bumlicker for giving them a present? blush

Callofthewild Mon 17-Nov-14 15:48:42

DTD's started nursery a few weeks ago. I have got each of their keyworkers a Molton Brown Christmas Bauble and will then hopefully make something like fudge or biscuits to take in for the rest of the staff in their room to share.

Callofthewild Mon 17-Nov-14 15:49:54

Oh and another suggestion I have seen over on the Christmas boards is a magazine subscription for the staff room. Difficult to judge what magazine would be suitable though...

TheBookofRuth Mon 17-Nov-14 15:59:55

Oh gawd, is this a thing? DD has only been going since September, it hadn't occurred to me to get a present.

I'll take in a tub of Celebrations or something like that.

KittyandTeal Mon 17-Nov-14 16:01:46

I'm a teacher and I can say a nicely written card and a box of chocolates (a big tub to share between the staff maybe) always go down a treat.

My dd goes once a week for a few hours. I'll do them a nice card and get some chocolates.

Twitterqueen Mon 17-Nov-14 16:04:01

My nursery used to have a Xmas tree and the parents would take (if they wanted) a gift in to put under the tree. Then all the staff would get at least one present. I had 3 children in the nursery to I would take in 3 bottles of wine.

potoftea Mon 17-Nov-14 16:06:03

A card with a message saying how much you value their work, would be lovely. And if you want to give a present, I would suggest nice handcream as I imagine they wash their hands a lot during the day.

Lorelei353 Mon 17-Nov-14 16:11:53

Nice handcream is a good suggestion. DS just changed room so we bought some Lindt chocolates and wrote a really heartfelt card to the two staff in the baby room. They had settled him in - and settled us down - when he first started so we really appreciated it. Will get something for the toddler room staff for Christmas.

jendot2 Tue 18-Nov-14 08:36:46

I wish someone would buy me a Moulton brown Christmas bauble. smile

Seriously, it is nice to receive anything from parents but as a cm I particularly like things that aren't chocolate related...wine, photo frames, mugs, smellies, candles or even just a thoughtful card is appreciated.

grumpalumpgrumped Tue 18-Nov-14 11:13:40

A nice card to them all thanking them always is appreciated.

Last year a lovely parent got us one of these sweet hampers

It was very well received in the staff room, but is a bit pricey.

CherryLips1980 Tue 18-Nov-14 21:54:48

Ooooh, those sweet hampers look amazing! I wonder if I can drop some heavy hints for me?! wink Her keyworker is male, so can't really do handcream for him.... Not without casting Aspersions anyway!

I wasn't sure if it was the Done Thing or not, but I do appreciate everything they've done with/for DD since she's been there and she really does love it. It is embarrassing how keen she is to get away from me when we get there and then totally blank me when when I say bye....

Thank you! I think one of the cheaper sweet hamper things (we have a shop locally that does something similar, so may be a bit cheaper there) as a communal present and then a mug (flask? For work) as her keyworker present....

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