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Leaving gift for nursery

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Bumperlicioso · 09/06/2011 14:45

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?

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swash · 09/06/2011 16:24

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 · 09/06/2011 21:01


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nancy75 · 09/06/2011 21:04

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 · 14/06/2011 07:14

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 · 14/06/2011 07:16

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

Ragwort · 14/06/2011 07:34

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

Bumperlicioso · 14/06/2011 11:00

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.

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princesbold · 14/06/2011 17:48

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 · 28/07/2011 23:40

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

stoppinchingthedummy · 29/07/2011 20:13

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 · 03/08/2011 13:47

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

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