What to give part time nanny on last day??

posted 3 years ago in Parenting
  • poll: How much should I give part time nanny?
    $100 and card : (12 votes)
    57 %
    $50 and card : (9 votes)
    43 %
  • Post # 2
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    488 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

    This is hard!  The business side of me says don’t give her anything.  She couldn’t follow through with your orignal agreement and I believe that when you give notice to a job you should aways realize that they could ask you to leave sooner, fair or not.  The human side of me says, well you had a good nanny and you cant blame her for taking a full time better paying job, so give her $50 or $100 as a thank you and sorry that we are having you leave sooner.  The strategic side of me says give her $100 since you will be using her again in the future.  Don’t burn bridges.  I voted the $100 + card.  Good luck!

    Post # 3
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    168 posts
    Blushing bee

    I agree. $100 is a very nice gift. I’m sure she will be pleasantly surprised. As the PP said, it’s good not to burn bridges. Especially in regards to childcare.

    Post # 5
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    798 posts
    Busy bee

    Ehh, I mean how much is $50 to you in the grand scheme of things? I tend to be really nickel and dimey (totally aware that isn’t a word) about little things sometimes, especially gifts, and then later I’ll look back and wish I’d just spent what my first instinct told me to rather than what I ended up spending. If it’s not a significant amount to you then I’d recommend doing the $100 and a card.

    Post # 6
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    401 posts
    Helper bee

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    whitums :  I would probably just give her flowers. She didn’t complete the contract you had agreed on and who knows, she could flake on the upcoming weekend. The flowers and a nice card are still a goodwill gesture. It’s business, she left to follow the money, you don’t owe her anything.

    Post # 7
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    136 posts
    Blushing bee

    I was a nanny for 4 years during my studies. I always loved receiving little momentos made by the kids when I finished a job, so the scribbled card sounds like a great idea! As for the money, it just depends on how good of a job you feel she and how close to the family she was. When I left one job I got a £50 gift card and some paintings by the kids, I wasn’t hugely close with the family. When i left another job (which lasted 4 years) I received a £200 bonus, a silver frame with a photo of the children in and some of pictures they drew me. It doesn’t sound like your super close with her, so I say $50 and a card by the kids is perfectly lovely 🙂

    Post # 8
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    1288 posts
    Bumble bee

    From what I’ve heard from coworkers and family that uses nannies, not paying for time you are away on vacation is normal.  I have also heard of day cares that will let you take 2 weeks off a year for vacation.

    I can be petty, so I’d probably give $50.  I was going to say give a restaurant gift card, but not if she’s buying mouth spray to help her lose weight.

    Post # 10
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    4255 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2009

    I would give her $100.  She did a good job and your son likes her.  Yes, she is leaving early, but she clearly just needed full time hours and needs money, and $300 would be impossible to live on.  Why be petty over $50 when you can part on nice terms.

    Post # 12
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    4255 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2009

    I am not calling you petty.  I just think if someone did a good job and made your kid happy, and you already have 2 figures in your head that you can afford, then why not give the best gift you can and be done with it.  If you can’t afford to give $100, then obviously don’t.

    Post # 13
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    Buzzing Beekeeper

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    whitums :  I’m probably harsh, but I’d just give her the final paycheck. She terminated the contract early and you aren’t obligated to keep her until she starts her next job. 

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