|When you've found
the right childcare provider it's a blessing...someone who is loving, considerate
and interested in helping you to raise a happy, healthy child. Here are
some ways that you can show that person, whether at home or at a daycare
center, just how appreciative yo are.
Send cards on important
days, such as Christmas, Chanukah, Valentine's Day, birthdays, etc. And
don't forget to include the caregivers kids as well!
Don't just think
"Oh, I really value this person!", say it!
Send occasional treats
for all the kids in the room, and all the providers who care for them.
Give pampering gifts,
like movie tickets or a gift certificate to a restaurant. In households
with little money, these kinds of treats can be rare.
Always remember to pass
on a copy of any new picture of your child.
Since most childcare workers
don't get paid much, pick up things you know will be useful when you see
them on sale. Also, pass on coupons for items you know they use. This is
especially nice for caregivers with children of their own.
Pass along toys, books
and equipment you know you won't need again.
Send in flowers or vegetables
from your garden.
Try your absolute hardest
to never be late picking up your child.
Never be late paying
for your child's care.
Give the gift of
time, offer to babysitter the sitter's children once in while!
How do you feel about gift giving at the holidays?
Not everyone feels
the same on this subject, but if you're inclined towards giving your caregiver(s)
a holiday gift, here are some guidelines:
Though some people feel
that the equivalent of one week's childcare expense is appropriate, you
may not. If you are going to give cash, whatever amount, be sure to include
all the individuals who provide your child with care. It's okay to give
differing amounts, but make the gifts discrete so that no one feels left
Unless you are sure it
will be appreciated, stay away from gifts with strong religious overtones.
Consider a group gift
for all the teachers, perhaps a cookie tray or gift basket for the staff