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#1 2xmum

Posted 21 December 2012 - 12:07 PM

DS5 will finish daycare soon ahead of starting school. He has been going to the same centre since he was 8 months old - it's been a great centre and lovely carers.  I wanted to give his carers a gift when he leaves - am trying to avoid the chocolate/flowers route.

Has anyone got any ideas please?

Thanks in advance!

#2 Blossom73

Posted 21 December 2012 - 12:09 PM

We gave gift vouchers this year (was DS's first year of care) so we gave $30 vouchers to his regular carers. Hope that helps.

#3 tintoela

Posted 21 December 2012 - 12:12 PM

What about a basket full of supplies they can use in the room.  Like sticky tape, cardboard, pens, pencils etc.  Depending on the centre a lot of the time the staff are putting in out of their own pocket as they don't get enough budget from the company.

#4 charlie23

Posted 21 December 2012 - 12:14 PM

Maybe a picture drawn by your DS of his carers & framed??? (DD did this 2 years ago, she did 4 pictures and the staff absolutely loved them)

Small framed picture of your DS and a hand written thank you from him.

This year DD painted canvases for her 3 teachers which went down a treat.

Having worked in CC for a very long time, I always loved the gifts that had some thought put into them, eg, the handmade coffee / tea mug, the hand drawn pictures / thank you messages, pictures of me with the child framed, etc

Some of my first "kids" are now turning 18 and I still have some of the wonderful gifts from them.

Edited by charlie23, 21 December 2012 - 12:37 PM.

#5 CallMeFeral

Posted 21 December 2012 - 12:14 PM

QUOTE (tintoela @ 21/12/2012, 01:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What about a basket full of supplies they can use in the room.  Like sticky tape, cardboard, pens, pencils etc.  Depending on the centre a lot of the time the staff are putting in out of their own pocket as they don't get enough budget from the company.

Seriously??? That's awful  ohmy.gif  I'd heard about that happening in school - but people don't pay for public school (much). But to pay as much as daycare costs, and then staff still having to dip into their own - that's terrible!!!

#6 Flutter Bug

Posted 21 December 2012 - 12:16 PM

One of my favourite gifts I've ever received as a teacher was a framed painting (of me) created by the child. I love it, it still hangs on my wall!

#7 ~chiquita~

Posted 21 December 2012 - 12:23 PM

We gave gift vouchers this year (was DS's first year of care) so we gave $30 vouchers to his regular carers. Hope that helps.

I did movie vouchers instead and included a small photo of him in the card that he scribbled on. Next year I'll put more thought into it.

#8 charlie23

Posted 21 December 2012 - 12:29 PM

QUOTE (CallMeAliG @ 21/12/2012, 12:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Seriously??? That's awful  ohmy.gif  I'd heard about that happening in school - but people don't pay for public school (much). But to pay as much as daycare costs, and then staff still having to dip into their own - that's terrible!!!

Almost every centre I have worked at, it has been normal to go and buy supplies from our own pockets to supplement.

#9 Libster

Posted 21 December 2012 - 12:32 PM

I bought some nice wine for my daughters' carers. I figure that even if they don't like wine then they can re-gift it. It turns out that all 3 carers said they love white wine so it was a success  original.gif

#10 CallMeFeral

Posted 21 December 2012 - 12:36 PM

QUOTE (charlie23 @ 21/12/2012, 01:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Almost every centre I have worked at, it has been normal to go and buy supplies from our own pockets to supplement.

That's really shoddy. Those centres get so much money...

#11 meljb

Posted 21 December 2012 - 12:44 PM

we are thinking about getting a plant in a nice pot for the centre - one that is hardy and can handle a bit of neglect original.gif Im not sure what we're going to give ds's carer though, I know she's in the middle of IVF and hoping for a sticky one atm, so im hoping we can get her something for the baby.

#12 pinkpineapple

Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:01 PM

I got DDs centre a T2 stack and packet of shortbread for the staffroom and a nice decoration with a label from DD for her main carers. I also wrote cards with a thoughtful thank you. The carapers said they liked them :-)

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