I have recently read an article about if you should give your nanny a Christmas bonus and found it an interesting read.
I would like to note that it is purely down to the decision of the family to decide whether they want to or can give their nanny a bonus. A nanny cares for your children and is their to support you too. However, a nanny (in my opinion) shouldn’t expect a bonus from their family.
I have only been working as a nanny since March 2015 so been with my nanny family for 20 months. Last year when I had only been with my nanny family for 9 months and received a wonderful Christmas bonus and presents, I was so grateful and did not expect it in the slightest. I have never received a Christmas bonus in any of my previous jobs so I was very surprised to receive one.
There is no obligation to give a Christmas bonus – but it is a lovely way of showing that you appreciate your nanny and a way of saying thank you for all their hard work they have done for your family.
In the article I read I was a little shocked to read that some nannies would actually consider leaving their nanny family if they didn’t receive a bonus! Myself personally I would never consider leaving my nanny family if I don’t receive another bonus. I love my nanny children too much and they mean more to me than a bonus to leave them!
We have to bare in mind that having a nanny CAN be costly to a family and may not be able to financially afford a bonus on top of our wages, petrol expenses, pension, Oftsed registration, first aid courses etc.
Sometimes a simple home made card from the children is the best gift to receive!