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Nursery etiquette - leaving present?

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Bradsmum Tue 22-Feb-05 09:33:29

Hi - my ds is due to leave his nursery tomorrow (starting another in 10 days after a holiday). What is the etiquette re giving a gift? Should I get something for his key worker or all of the carers? If all of them (about 5), how much would you spend? What should I get? Help!

FairyMum Tue 22-Feb-05 09:36:42

We recently moved and I bought presents for all 4 of ds1 nursery teachers. I really like them all and ds1 was very fond of them all. I spent about 10 pounds per head. I don't think it's an etiquette. I think a box of chocolates is just fine too or a bottle of wine each?

Marina Tue 22-Feb-05 09:36:55

I must admit in this situation I would get a special gift for the keyworker and a generous box of luxury biccies for the room staff in general.
I suspect that despite my efforts to choose nice gifts in the past, what really counts is a warm, well-worded thank you card from you and Brad, telling them how much you have appreciated their care.
I notice that these are proudly displayed at our nursery where as my L'Occitane bubbles for everyone in the room at Christmas went largely unremarked!

Bradsmum Tue 22-Feb-05 09:41:01

Thanks Fairymum and Marina for the tips. I like the idea of the luxury biccies for all and something special for his key worker. Do you think M&S vouchers are too impersonal for his key worker? Reason being I know they are short of cash always (she tops up her salary with cleaning jobs) and at least that would give her some choice?

FairyMum Tue 22-Feb-05 09:43:37

I used to think vouchers were impersonal, but I have changed my mind recently. I used to think they signalled "I can't be bothered to make an effort to look for something you might like", but now I think they can equally mean "I like you to go and buy something you really like". So, yes, I think vouchers are good!

HuskyGirl Fri 25-Feb-05 13:56:07

bradsmum - having worked in a nursery for four years i cannot tell you how rewarding it feels just to get a thank you when a child leaves. I saw many of the children start in the babyroom and go right through to 5 years old, watching them grow and devlop and it is quite sad for the staff when a child leaves. The staff i'm sure would be extremely grateful if you simply keep them informed of your childs progress and maybe bring the child back to visit every now and again (once fully settled elsewhere), these simple things mean a lot. Corny i know but a box of chocolates that could be dipped into by all the staff would never go a miss too!!

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