“We LOVE our new nanny and want to acknowledge our appreciation this holiday season. As you know, Mary (name changed by the agency for privacy) has only been with us for less than 1 month. What are the typical guidelines for a bonus? As always, appreciate your help!”
To answer your question, a full-time nanny can usually expect a holiday bonus of one week’s compensation – two week’s pay depending upon her length of service. Additionally, if the nanny has been with the family less than a year, half of her weekly salary is standard. If the nanny is just starting, a $100 gift card sets a nice tone. A hand-written note of thanks expressing your appreciation and referencing a yearly highlight of the caregiver/child relationship is an additional way to show your genuine gratitude.
Some families will include an extra little something coming from the children like a homemade card, cookies or her favorite confection which surrounds the monetary gift with genuine warmth and appreciation from the child.
Housekeeper/Cleaner, one or two week’s pay, depending upon her length of service and a small gift like a bottle of wine, fine chocolate or Mani-Pedi gift card.
Obviously, this is a general guideline of industry norms in the NY Metro Region. Some families give considerably more or less depending on overall job performance, length of employment, particular circumstances, and family budget.
Wee Care Nanny wishes you and your loved ones a wonderful and joyous holiday season!