At least a week's pay, plus a small gift from your child
As someone who works closely with you and your child, your nanny or au pair should be at the top of your tip list. Consider adding a week's pay to the tip for each year the nanny has worked for you, says Jodi R.R. Smith, president of etiquette consultant Mannersmith.
For your regular babysitter -- someone you've had watch the kids frequently throughout the year or for last-minute emergencies -- one or two nights' pay is appropriate.
A day-care provider might deserve $25 to $70, but check with the facility's policies first.
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