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#1 _audrey_

Posted 20 November 2012 - 01:54 PM

This will be our first christmas with DS in daycare and I was just wondering what the etiquette is on present buying for the carers.  DS loves being with both the ladies in the nursery and I would like to give them something as I'm so thankful that his transition into daycare was easy but I'm just wondering if it is the done thing.


#2 bonnybabe

Posted 20 November 2012 - 02:02 PM

yes - it is the done thing, and usually if you don't you'll be the only one.

#3 _audrey_

Posted 20 November 2012 - 02:11 PM

Thanks bonnybabe  original.gif

#4 --binda--

Posted 20 November 2012 - 02:11 PM

You wouldn't be the only one if you didn't buy.

I never did.

I only do now if I actually like the carer/teacher and if they have helped my child over the year.

#5 Mose

Posted 20 November 2012 - 02:17 PM

My first year too.

I actually do voluntary work with children, and as kind as it is - the acres of chocolate at Xmas can get a bit OTT.

So DSs carers are getting movie vouchers - if they don't want them, they can easily re-gift them, and I very much doubt they will end up melted together in a January heatwave and thrown out when re-discovered in August!!

#6 Fire_fly

Posted 20 November 2012 - 02:38 PM

I second movie tickets. We do this every year and it is always well received. I think after all the chocolate and homemade food it something different but something that most people enjoy.

#7 _audrey_

Posted 20 November 2012 - 08:08 PM

I was thinking about giving them movie tickets.  As much as I love getting homemade treats, I wouldn't subject anyone else to my cooking!

#8 Blossom73

Posted 26 November 2012 - 02:08 PM

To add to this, this is also our first Christmas with day care - there is  a core group or about 3-4 carers in my DS' room, but also another 3-4 casuals - should I be buying the same gifts for all or only the core carers

#9 miss*k

Posted 28 November 2012 - 04:03 PM

I get the 3 girls in her room the $10 body shop packs and a big thing of choccies for the casual workers in that room original.gif

#10 miss*k

Posted 28 November 2012 - 04:05 PM

oooooh i like the movie tic idea!!!!

I might do that this year original.gif

#11 Mrs Dinosaurus

Posted 28 November 2012 - 04:12 PM

Definitely the done thing, although I think there is a huge disparity in what people give at our day care, between a hand made card from the kids all the way up to some very OTT champagne baskets!

We're somewhere in the middle, last year when there were only a couple of carers I got them nice coffee mugs and fudge (made by DS1) and also gave a large basket of fudge for everyone else to share.

This year they are all getting a share present because i think there's maybe 2/20 staff who haven't looked after one of my kids this year laughing2.gif

#12 75etd

Posted 30 November 2012 - 06:33 AM

We give some homemade Christmas nibblies for them at the end of November. At that stage they are appreciative and gobble them up quickly. They have now come to expect them and look forward to them being dropped off!

#13 beakie

Posted 30 November 2012 - 06:45 AM

As someone who works in children's services, I can assure you that gifts are NOT in any way expected. I'm always surprised to get gifts actually. It is always lovely and appreciated, but so is a simple hand made card. Sometimes it can actually be a bit embarrassing getting a gift, because people can be a it extravagant which is so unnecessary, though obviously the thought is lovely.

#14 Serafina

Posted 30 November 2012 - 06:46 AM

Op I'm cluless as to what to give as well. This is our first year at daycare too.  And I was also wondering do you give the presents/cards at the Christmas party or the last day of care?

#15 Wineandchocolate

Posted 30 November 2012 - 06:47 AM

For those who do a 'shared gift for all the carers'.... how do you handle the logistics of it if you have kids in different rooms?  Do you leave it at reception or with the Director?  Do you leave it in one room and tell the carers in the other room that 'your present is a combined one and is in Room X'?  I'm just wondering how you make sure everyone knows you have actually left a gift for them all to share?

#16 Natttmumm

Posted 30 November 2012 - 06:55 AM

I gave a box of chocs and a card last year as there are about 5 carers in and out of her room. This year I feel like I should do something as she will be off to school next year the problem is the carers have recently changed e.g 2 weeks ago. So im thinking of taking a box of chocs again.

For DD2 she is in family daycare and i usually buy a present worth about 30 and I also buy a present for both her kids as she buys for all the kids too.

This has reminded me to start writing my list ohmy.gif

#17 namie

Posted 30 November 2012 - 07:47 AM

QUOTE (Mummy2907 @ 30/11/2012, 07:47 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
For those who do a 'shared gift for all the carers'.... how do you handle the logistics of it if you have kids in different rooms?  Do you leave it at reception or with the Director?  Do you leave it in one room and tell the carers in the other room that 'your present is a combined one and is in Room X'?  I'm just wondering how you make sure everyone knows you have actually left a gift for them all to share?

I gave a joint gift for the first time last year - a collection of handmade Christmas goodies. I left it on the table in the staff room with a note saying something like: 'Thank you all for being so wonderful with my boys. Please enjoy a little treat from us. Namie, DS1 & DS2.

I gave their actual carers, the ones they see for most of the day every day they attend, an individual gift bag of treats they didn't have to share. Not sure what I'm doing this year, but something similar.

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