We’d recommend booking childcare early to guarantee a place in the nursery and also to secure a room in your chosen property for a room with cot space. If you need two cots spaces in one room then you should definitely book well in advance. Favourite chalets for families with infants are Chalet Papillon in La Rosiere and Chalet Hotel des Deux Domaines in La Plagne.
Even though most resorts will have a local crèche that you can book into, most UK families will tend to go with childcare by a tour operator for a number of reasons:
- You’ll have English speaking staff and a UK style of care that you’ll be familiar with.
- The nursery staff and the staff that run the property work together which brings with it a better lines of communication between staff and management.
- As an agent we can also add requests that can go onto your booking which will be passed onto the staff in resort.
- If the operator uses a local crèche then it’s one that works well for the location of their chalets and will be one they’ve used for many years therefore trusted.
Iglu Ski are pleased to offer a wide range of family ski holidays that can cater for children as young as 3 months. You can enjoy time on the slopes whilst your child or children are being looked after by professional staff. A selection of our family holidays also offer a night service. For more information on child services please call us on the phone number above. Our preferred suppliers that offer child care are listed below:
Creche (3 months - 4 years)
Ski Beat use a local Creche which they have worked with for many years. They use T4 Nannies, Alpine Child Care and Snowlittle which operate in many of the main resorts in France.
They also use for local creches, for example in La Rosiere, Le Baby- Club ‘Les Galopins’ which comes recommended and works really well.
Nursery (4 months - 3 years)
Ski Esprit have first class child care and we can’t recommend this format enough. The nursery space and your accommodation are always in close proximity and when you sign your child in you’ll know they are in capable hands. You can call the staff at any time to see how your baby is during their stay.
The nursery has activities and interactive toys suitable for the infants. They tend to have a smaller area for the babies so they are not overwhelmed with space and the staff get them involved in creating art and at the presentation evening, even though they’ve had extra assistance in creating their art work, the staff make sure they don’t miss out and are included in all events. Prams and sledges are on site which means infants can be taken out during the day and are not stuck inside the whole day. Logistics and specific needs that you may have can easily be communicated with the staff.
Because you have to have children to stay in these properties you often meet similar parents going through the same situation.
Baby & Toddler Club (4 months - 2 years)
Mark Warner’s another favourite for families with children. Their properties tend to be large chalet hotels with an in-house crèche which are full of toys and fun. The staff will be qualified British nannies and your child will have a dedicated keyworker who take over your baby's routine throughout their stay in the crèche. They’ll provide you a full update at the end of each morning
Powder Pups (3 Months to 4 Years)
This club is specific to non-skiing, pre-school children. The staffs are fully qualified with excellent staff to child rations. The nursery includes stimulating and comfortable childcare dens.
Baby Club Med (4 to 24 months)
Although the French language plays a dominant role in each Club Med village they are used to having visitors from all over the world so you’ll find English not to be a problem. The sheer scale of Club Med means you have excellent facilities for parents with infants. For example in the Club Med Valmorel village they have a baby room available to you at night with various things you may need and the room can only be accessed if your room key has been activated ie you have an infant. You can really ask for anything in Club Med and nothing’s a problem.
Baby Club Med facilities can be found in these Club Med resorts : Valmorel, Chamonix, Serre Chevalier, Villars and the new Grand Massif Samoens.