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From my one yr old?

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#1 greenthumbs

Posted 18 December 2012 - 12:22 PM

It's our first time dealing with daycare.

Are we supposed to get gifts for the daycare attendants?

Our little man is 16mths and only attends one day per week. His carers are great, but is it really necessary?


#2 *JJ*

Posted 18 December 2012 - 12:27 PM

It isn't necessary but it is nice to receive a little gift (many years working in day care).

Something as simple as a xmas tree ornament (I love mine that kids have given)

Or if you don't want to do a gift a nice card with kind words is always nice to get and makes you feel appreciated.

Hope that helps

#3 luke's mummu

Posted 18 December 2012 - 03:19 PM

There's no 'rule' that says you have to, but we do, because they are some of the lowest paid workers in the country.

We buy something for the centre to share (wine or chocs generally) and also a $20 Myer gift voucher for each staff member that directly cares for my son. So that adds up to $80 in gift vouchers, which is quite a bit.

I guess it depends how long your son has been at the centre, and how many days he goes to, as well as your budget.

#4 Baggy

Posted 18 December 2012 - 03:25 PM

Last year I couldn't afford much so DD made a card, and we baked some brownies for the staff room.

I didn't feel I had to do it, I just wanted to because they were such a good centre and my DD had been there for almost three years. I would have loved to have got them all massage vouchers or something, but couldn't afford to at the time.

#5 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 18 December 2012 - 04:00 PM

I bought a big box of chocolates for everyone to share last year, as by that time of year, we'd been through that many staff changes, I didn't even know who half the carers were.

This year DD chose 4 beautiful Christmas ornaments for her main carers she's had all year, and is particularly fond of.

#6 MyButterflyGirls

Posted 18 December 2012 - 04:04 PM

We're giving Xmas plates filled with homemade White Christmas and salted caramel fudge. Also a card with a personal note to each carer.

#7 *~dee~*

Posted 18 December 2012 - 04:06 PM

I get my DD's kindy room a big box of chocolates to share, and I'm going to make them some xmas shortbread bickies original.gif

They look after her 4 days a week and my DD loves them.

#8 kissy10

Posted 18 December 2012 - 04:14 PM

QUOTE (MyButterflyGirls @ 18/12/2012, 05:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We're giving Xmas plates filled with homemade White Christmas and salted caramel fudge. Also a card with a personal note to each carer.

That sounds divine!

I am going to make some homemade truffles for the carers in DS2's room & his main carer from last year, she is wonderful and much loved.

#9 gonggirl

Posted 18 December 2012 - 04:15 PM

Dd2 is in FDC 5 days per week, I have always bought our carer a gift to the value of $50. Bit different to a centre with many carers. Dd1 took her kinder teacher a big box of chocolates:)

#10 happygurl06

Posted 18 December 2012 - 04:19 PM

DD was full time and went to CC for 4 years.  Each year I put together a box of coffe bags, flavoured teas,  good hot chocolate mix, biscuits, kit kats, cherries, mango's and other fruit depending on what was good.  the box would say "have a break on me"

They loved it.

#11 Tigerdog

Posted 18 December 2012 - 04:24 PM

I got staff in each of my 2 kids' rooms a nice sparkly card and a large box of Roses chocs to share (half-price at Woolies atm!).

#12 Canberra Chick

Posted 18 December 2012 - 04:26 PM

I usually give a large box of chocs to share or a homemade hamper with bought chocs and homemade fudge/biscuits to share among all the carers.

#13 Frockme

Posted 18 December 2012 - 04:55 PM

After much researching on this topic I'm going with hand cream this year. Bc they are always having to wash their hands after wiping our little snot's noses.  tongue.gif

#14 casime

Posted 18 December 2012 - 04:59 PM

I gave the staff at DS's daycare a big gift box ($3 at Reject Shop) that I filled with mixed lollies (3 bags @ $5 each from Coles).   They put it on the staff room table and have been eating their way through it for the last week (and still more than half left!).  The girls all keep telling me what a great gift it was.

#15 loulou_b

Posted 18 December 2012 - 05:05 PM

i am giving movie vouchers.
I'm not sure though, and maybe someone here can help, is it acceptable to give one each or should I give two each as who wants to see a movie alone right? Does it look odd only to give one each?

#16 forosoco

Posted 18 December 2012 - 05:09 PM

there are 9 carers in our centre and they all deal with one or both of our kids. this year i bought a book of hoyts super saver tickets. i took a nice photo of the kids and made them into christmas cards which cost about $15 for a pack of 20, then put one hoyts ticket into each card and they all appreciated them. worked out to be less than $12 per carer.

last year we were even more broke so we bought a really big christmas tree shaped cookie cutter and made each carer a giant christmas tree shaped cookie, then decorated it with icing and also wrote their name on it in icing. those were a big hit.

#17 greenthumbs

Posted 21 December 2012 - 10:36 PM

QUOTE (luke's mummu @ 18/12/2012, 04:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
There's no 'rule' that says you have to, but we do, because they are some of the lowest paid workers in the country.

We buy something for the centre to share (wine or chocs generally) and also a $20 Myer gift voucher for each staff member that directly cares for my son. So that adds up to $80 in gift vouchers, which is quite a bit.

I guess it depends how long your son has been at the centre, and how many days he goes to, as well as your budget.

And I guess this is why I found it hard to be expected to buy a gift - I think I work in one of the only industries paid lower than childcare (or similar anyway) huh.gif

I ended up buying each a sweet coffee mug and filling them with candy canes and homemade slice - went down very well fortunately!

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