For many parents with a love of skiing, the thought of introducing your children to the slopes and the joys of skiing holidays is an exciting one. But what age do you introduce them? What if their age gaps mean one is ready before the others? And how do you get out on the slopes yourself with a baby to look after?
All of these questions are easily answered by our wonderful childcare partners in the mountains. Over the past 19 years, we have organised countless family skiing holidays, and the key to catering to each family’s needs, are the private nannies and babysitters we work with in each resort.
One particular childcare company we have worked with for many years is Jelly and Ice Cream, founded by Tina Eliades in 2006. Tina has provided nannies and babysitters for hundreds of our clients, and her professional service and dedicated team have been key to many a successful and happy family ski holiday.
Jelly and Ice Cream team from a previous winter.
To explain a little about how a dedicated childcare company in a ski resort works and what they can offer you as a parent, we asked Tina to answer a few FAQ’s.
Which ski resorts do you offer childcare in?
Val d’Isere (which is where the business first began), Tignes, Sainte Foy, Meribel and Courchevel.
How many children can one nanny look after?
It’s very important to factor in their ages. If all the children are over the age of three years old, one nanny can look after three children. If any one child is two years or under, then one nanny can look after two children.
What is a typical day in the life of a private nanny looking after children of varying ages?
Children start their days early, especially on holiday in a new and exciting place. Not surprisingly, most parents would rather start their mornings later on holiday! So, our nannies arrive first thing to help with breakfast and prepare the older children for ski school. Once everyone is fed, watered and dressed, nanny takes them all to the ski school meeting point and introduces the older children to their ski instructors. Once the older children are happy and settled with the ski school, the nanny can devote their attention to the younger ones for the morning. Usually this involves taking them for a hot chocolate in a child friendly café or enjoying arts and crafts back at the chalet.
Nanny play dates and arts and crafts in the snow.
At lunchtime, the nanny and little ones head back to the ski school meeting point to pick up the older children for lunch. They can either meet parents at a restaurant, or head back to the chalet, or just have lunch together with nanny at a restaurant in town.
Afternoon activities can involve anything from meeting up with other nannies and children for a snowman making competition, painting the snow, farm visits, sledging, swimming at the local pool, arts and crafts and more. When it’s time, they all head back to chalet in time for tea and nanny leaves for the evening.
Which ski resort do you find the most family friendly?
Val d’Isere. It has something for everyone and there are so many activities and play areas for little ones to enjoy. Added to that, the tourist office organise family entertainment during school holidays, both on and off the slopes.
Have you got any tips for parents packing & preparing for their first skiing holiday with children?
I actually get asked this quite often and have a list of the most useful items to remember:
- Ski jacket/all in one
- Ski gloves for playing in the snow
- Normal gloves for babies/little ones
- Snow boots for getting stuck into the snow
- Normal shoes for going into cafés
- Sun cream so we don’t get any red faces
- Their favourite toy or comforter
- Swimming costume for trips to the pool or for enjoying the chalet hot tub
Little ones dressed for a morning in the snow.
If you are thinking about planning a family skiing holiday for this winter then please call our team to talk through options. Our chalet and hotel teams can help you find the perfect, family friendly ski accommodation and our complimentary concierge team can help you with all the other bookings you might need, from ski lessons, to restaurant reservations, to childcare. To contact us please call +44 1993 899 420 or click here. Or for more information on Jelly and Ice Cream please visit their website here.