Naturally, we get some version of the question below often this time of year so we wanted to offer some guidance.
“Thank you, thank you, we love Monica, and she is phenomenal with our children. As we approach the end of the year, can you please let me know the typical amount we should bonus our nanny?”
A full-time Nanny can usually expect a holiday bonus of one to two week’s compensation – two week’s pay depending upon her length of service. If your nanny has been with you for several years, the bonus may exceed two weeks, if feasible. Additionally, if the nanny has been with the family less than a year, half of her weekly salary is standard, or one full day of pay for each month she has worked for you. 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.
For the part-time regular babysitter that provides care several times each month, a gift equal to one night’s pay is the norm. Many families choose to provide a $75-$100 gift card to her favorite shop, cafe, nail salon etc.
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.
The holiday bonus signifies your family’s appreciation for her performance and dedication to your children’s care, development, and the vital role your nanny plays with your family. A family should also include an annual review (ask us about our evaluation template) which helps nannies and families understand where change may be needed and to recognize areas where the nanny’s performance has exceeded expectations.
Obviously, this is a general guideline of industry norms in the NY metropolitan 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!
Posted by Wee Care Nanny Agency
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