Holiday bonus/tip for daycare provider

What’s the standard for gifting the woman who watches my son one day a week? She operates a daycare. There is also another woman who co-runs it. I was thinking $25 to each plus a gift card for another $25 each... I’m new at this so any insight is appreciated.

  • Cherish
    Dec 04

    What would you suggest for a speech therapist? She sees him twice a week for 30 mins. We really appreciate her though she’s been so wonderful with him.

  • Anonymous
    Dec 04

    If your child goes to a center with a lot of students remember that those teachers recieve a ton of those Pinteresty things every year. My sister is drowning in them every December and throws a lot of them away. If you're going to do gift make it a giftcard (you can get them as low as $5) or something edible. Cutesy stuff that says Miss. Whatever or has your child's name on it is lovely but there just isn't the space to keep all of it. Also, my sister who has worked in early childhood education for years says gifts are absolutely not necessary or expected.

  • Trisha
    Dec 04

    I taught for almost 3 decades. The last thing I wanted was cookies, toiletries, or tree ornaments. When students would ask me what I wanted, I would say that I appreciated their kindness, but that I would be happiest if they went home and did something kind for their parents. Most of them did, and they would later take me aside and tell me how they cooked a meal for Mom, or did chores...spent their money on a gift for Mom, or donated to church. There were a few students who just were insistent. My first year, I had a student (his Mom owned a florist) bring me a monstrous bouquet of flowers so huge that I had to put them in an umbrella stand. Another made me a plaque and wrote a beautiful poem to me (I still have it). Gifts from the heart are always the best, even if the gifts are good deeds done for their loved ones... However, I remember always how good those flowers made me feel--and my sons always brought their teachers flowers (Christmas and the last day of school).

  • MichelleRenee
    Dec 04

    I’ve been a preschool teacher for 20 years. I am appreciative of any gift and am truly thankful I am thought of at the holidays. That said, be careful when gifting teachers who you may not know super well. Giving food items or baked goods to a teacher with allergies means she can’t enjoy them. (Lots of vegans these days, as well as people with nut and egg or gluten allergies.) also lotions and perfumes/bath scrubs/sprays etc. don’t always work for those with sensitive skin or allergies. Unless you know their favorite perfume or that they adore chocolate chip cookies, sometimes it’s better to stick to things like a homemade card, a gift card, or something they made. I think it all depends on how well you know the teacher, it would be said to put lots of thought and your $$ into a gift they can’t use and I can tell you it happens often at my school.

  • Shannon
    Dec 04

    As someone who works in a school (SLP), I get a few gifts here and there and while all thought of me is appreciated, the gifts I find most useful are gift cards (can be used to buy materials that I typically buy myself) though coffee gift cards are also very much appreciated! I don’t want candy so I usually pass that on, same with baked goods, and toiletries. A thoughtful card is wonderful too. On the other side, as a mom of twins in daycare, I got their main teachers gift cards to Target last year ($15 each) and included some nice chocolates (though I pass on candy, I always find room for a Lindt chocolate or two at the holidays). I also bought muffins and donuts for the staff on the last day before the holiday and a big tin of those Lindt chocolates. I didn’t give anything specifically to the daycare owners because while they are amazing, they are more operations and aren’t with my kids all day everyday. It gets expensive if you don’t draw a line!

  • Glori
    Dec 04

    My daughter just started the end of October what do I do for her teacher she has five

  • Michelle
    Dec 04

    Last year was our first year at daycare and we picked out 4 teachers to gift. Home Depot had some really cute succulents for less than $5 and we did his handprint with a thank you note on the side. Got really good responses

  • Juanita
    Dec 04

    When my kids were in daycare, I made “homemade peppermint barks” and bought coffee mugs from Walmart - the ones that have hot cocoa mix in them (there different kinds) . Now that they’re in elementary we all pitch in $$$ (between all the moms) to purchase a gift card.

  • Virginia
    Dec 04

    I’m a teacher and like someone said earlier, anything you can do is wonderful. There are usually a fair number of parents that don’t do anything (not even a note/card) so something is always appreciated, no matter how small. ❤️

  • Karen
    Dec 04

    I was a teacher for years and I say — if you can afford it — skip the gift card (especially Starbucks because we got a lot of those...) and just do cash. Teachers are incredibly underpaid and every bit helps!

  • Alejandra
    Dec 04

    Does this just applies for kindergarten or daycare?? What about elementary ?? Should I do the same ?? My daughter is in a Montessori school

  • Valerie
    Dec 04

    Teacher here, too. Please skip the handmade gifts, lotions, ornaments, and mugs. Big YES to amazon and target gift cards, and cash.

  • Brittany
    Dec 07

    I’m a daycare provider, some parents give gift cards and that is always nice since my husband and I can have a date night to the movies or buy a haul of cleaning supplies at Target without dying on the inside. But notes, especially personalized in some way by the child, is something we will have years later. It may seem like a card I will throw away in a few weeks but your child will spend 5 years full time with me and then be gone forever. Im keeping that handprint, photo, or signature!

  • Mariahj
    Dec 07

    My daughter just started her new school last week should I still getting something

  • Sammie
    Dec 08

    I am my son's daycare teacher. I want to get my coworker something though, but I'm not sure I can afford anything this year. 😔 She does so much to help me out and she loves my son as well as the other children. I want to repay her for all she does and I don't know how.

  • Sarah
    Dec 08

    The best gift is a coffee gift card or local spa gift card

  • JeimyW
    Saturday

    25 Gift card of her favorite store

  • Anonymous
    Sunday

    I’m a preschool teacher and I can assure you that I don’t keep handprints and hand drawn pictures given to me by other people’s kids. If you can’t afford anything, write a card, otherwise gift cards to a store that you know a teacher frequents, is very welcome. Amazon or target, you can’t go wrong with.