We have moved our children to a prep school this September and didn't go to independent schools ourselves so are unsure what the etiquette is with Christmas gifts. Do we still buy for teachers and TA's? My instinct is yes as although we are paying for school the teachers still aren't on massive salaries and it is nice to be thanked. If yes to gifts, what is the typical spend? I used to spend between £5-10 on gifts at ds' old school but don't want to appear tight. Are people really lavish with gifts? Thanks
Will email the class rep. Am I going to look bonkers emailing in november? I tend to be super early with Xmas stuff. Would think a class gift would be a much better idea then they get something decent.
My DC is at a primary prep and the parents tend to buy Christmas gifts individually and at the end of the year the whole class clubs together (via the class rep) to buy one large gift. That way the teacher gets lots of little things one time in the year and one big gift at another time.
Every year we have made homemade gifts. One year gingerbread Christmas trees, another year fudge and last year a Christmas decoration. They are really well received however nothing is better received than a homemade card from the child in a teachers opinion i've found.
Nobody keeps tabs on who spent what or the most so do what you feel but imo £5-£10 is ample.
I work In a prep school, it varies, sometimes the parents club together to get some vouchers for the teacher, other times they buy individually. Some parents spend way more than others, but we don't mind, we just prefer it if the child has listened to hints about what we like and dislike! I hate having to pretend that I will really enjoy drinking the bottle of wine/bubbly when I am tee total! Generally speaking if buying individually it's usually a box of chocs/bottle of wine/nice scented candle, I doubt if many spend more than £10, the majority probably around £5 but some way more e.g. 3 yrs ago the head and housemaster both got an iPad from a parent!
Individual gifts at my children's school. A box of chocolates, flowers something pretty from a local craft shop. I spend about £5 usually although I've started spending a bit more and buying oxfam unwrapped presents like school books or dinners in the 3rd world and get a little magnet, calendar or choc bar.