We understand that when skiing with kids, it’s paramount that they have the time of their lives and you can rest assured that they are in safe hands.
When away as a family, there is nothing better than being outside in the fresh air enjoying all the fun that the mountain has to offer. So, to ensure your holiday is stress-free, even in the lead up to arriving in resort – this page has been designed to help you with all the questions you may have regarding your children on your family ski holiday, from the best ski schools to kid-friendly spots for dinner.
We know that you too require some much-needed time to enjoy on the mountain, so no matter what your child age there’s a service in Meribel that can help with that too! You can find information on below, please see our ‘on the slopes’ and ‘childcare’ sections.
In the Chalet
So that you, as parents, can know that whilst in our chalets your children are in a safe environment we can provide stair gates, cots, high chairs and baby monitors upon request at no extra cost. We can also recommend the best companies for renting items such as sterilisers and pushchairs. You will find a selection of games, books and sledges for your little ones in your chalet upon arrival. All of our vehicles have booster seats and car seats to ensure continued safety outside the chalet too.
Our host will prepare fresh and hearty breakfast for you and the family each morning. We provide a selection of cereals, fresh fruit, pastries and a hot option – so you can rest assured that the troops will be fuelled for a day of adventure. In the afternoon, you will return to afternoon tea laid out with a freshly baked cake sure to pass the kids approval.
If you have any questions regarding the specifics of the chalet in regards to children, please do not hesitate to contact us.
On the Slopes
Whilst the kids will most likely be bursting with excitement at the prospect of getting on the slopes and playing in the snow, you may be nervous about choosing the best ski school and opting for the right playgroups or nanny service – it can be a big decision! We know the ski schools and local childcare service inside out and are more than happy to talk through the different options available to you to help you make the right decision to best suit you and your family.
Our chalet hosts keep up to date with all the latest news and events on the mountains. From fun days and special events to the best trails and picnic spots, they will make sure you can make the most of every day in Meribel.
Our advice is to reserve early as ski schools get fully booked far in advance, especially during school holidays.
Ski Schools for children
Parallel Lines Snow Sports School
Parallel Lines provide ‘Safari’ courses for children, ranging from ‘Mini Green’ (beginner 4-5 year olds) and encompassing children up to the age of 12. Except for the ‘Mini Green’ (which is for 2 hours only), ‘Children’s Safari’ courses run Sunday-Friday for 4 hours each morning.
New Generation Ski and Snowboard School
With courses from ‘Whippersnappers’ to the ‘NewGen Freeride Team’, New Generation caters for all ages and abilities – including off-piste, park or bumps training. Ski courses for children are run during the school holidays and on request.
Oxygène Ski & Snowboard School (previously Magic in Motion)
Oxygène is renowned for its superb children’s lessons with innovative activities to help kids get the most out of their time on the slopes. Groups are kept to a maximum of 6 children for “Little Ones” and 8 pupils for “Magic Fun Factory” and are taught exclusively in English. There’s also the option of having your children join in the Lunch Club, providing healthy, delicious food in a safe and social environment.
Ecole du Ski Français (ESF)
Meribel has one of the largest ESF communities in France with over 450 instructors all qualified to the highest level. Their wide repertoire includes skiing, snowboarding, telemarking, cross country skiing, snow-shoes, private and group lessons taught in English. Their two children’s groups – Les Piou Piou and Les Saturnins – are very popular due to the extensive equipment; they have a crèche for the tiny ones, three children’s play areas, a designated heated chalet and two slalom stadiums.
Holidays are precious, and as you know we want your holiday to be as stress-free and as flexible as possible. So, we feel it’s important you have time to relax and have some time for yourselves, as well as time together as a family. We only work with the most highly reputed nannies in Meribel. There are a few to choose from, so we are sure you will find someone to suit your needs. We can also arrange babysitting services in the evenings if you wish to dine out alone.
Whatever choice you make for your children, our advice is to reserve early, both ski schools and nanny agencies get fully booked far in advance, especially during school holidays.
Meribel Nanny Services
Meribel Nanny Services is a fantastic company set up by Nicole, who prior to founding Meribel Nanny Services, spent 8 years working as a nanny in the French alps.
Meribel Nanny Services offer highly reliable and friendly nannies who are all qualified and experienced, CRB checked and First Aid trained. As well as this, the nannies are trained in resort so that your children get to experience the best places to have fun in Meribel.
Number of children per one nanny:
- One child up to six months
- Two children from six months to three years
- Three children from three to six years
- Four children from six to 13 years
Prices (prices with * indicate peak week pricing) – these prices are a guide and Meribel Nanny Services should be contacted for confirmation.
- 6 days (8 consecutive hours between 8.30 – 19.00) – £744/£792*
- 6 mornings/afternoons (8.30/9.00 – 12.30/13.00 or 13.15/13.30 – 17.00) – £396
- Babysitting – 20 – 25 euros per hour, minimum of 3 hours.
Meribel Nanny Services also offer flexible packages and special offers may be available and if you require something other than the above then we recommend contacting Nicole at Meribel Nanny Services.
Merinannies is a small English qualified agency established in Meribel in 2003 by Katia Pozerskis, a qualified teacher and mother of two children. Merinannies now runs across various resorts and offers a flexible service with qualified, experienced nannies who are CRB checked. Care is available for children from the age of four weeks to 14 years old.
Number of children per one nanny:
- Two children under the age of two years
- Three children over the age of three years
- Four children over the age of four years
Prices – These prices are a guide and Merinannies should be contacted for confirmation
- 6 days (8 consecutive hours from 8.30 – 17.00 or 9.00 – 17.00) – from £725
- 6 days mornings or afternoons (8.30 – 12.30 or 13.30 – 17.30) – from £410
Merinannies is flexible with the above and may be able to offer 6 hour days or alternative timings. Contact Katia with your specific requirements.
T4 Nanny looks after babies from 4 months to children up to 12 years. They take care of the school runs, lunches and evening babysitting. They pride themselves on being a family nanny service, which is why they charge per nanny rather than per child. This gives families flexibility and the best possible value. T4 nannies focus on arts and craft activities rather that supplying lots of toys.
Number of children per one nanny:
- Two children under the age of two years
- Up to four children over the age of two years
Prices – These prices are a guide and T4 Nanny should be contacted for confirmation:
- 6 full days (8 consecutive hours per day between 8.30 and 20.00) – £790 (£895 peak week)
- 6 half days (4 consecutive hours per day between 8.30 and 20.00) – £425 (not available during peak weeks)
SnowBugs Child Care aims to give you absolute peace of mind while spending your days out on the slopes. They offer a high quality, friendly and trustworthy private nanny service, entertaining your little ones in the comfort of your own holiday home. All nannies are trained with first aid, DBS checked and have lots of experience in snowy conditions. Snowbugs nannies will provide games, toys, stories and music as well as running outdoor activities for you children.
Number of children per one nanny:
- One child under the age of one year
- Two children between the ages of 1 – 3 years
- Please enquire directly with Snowbugs for children over the age of three years.
Prices – These prices are a guide and Snowbugs should be contacted for confirmation
- There is an hourly charge of £16 for one child, with a minimum of four hours per day
- Additional children are charged at £1.50 per child per hour (this does not apply for full time bookings from 40 hrs)
- During the school holidays Snowbugs has a policy requiring at least 40 hours to be booked
Jelly and Ice Cream
After several successful years in Val d’Isere and Tignes, Jelly and Ice Cream now also operate in Courchevel and Meribel. Jelly and Ice Cream nannies will come to your chalet so that your children are in a familiar environment, and they are all DBS/CRB checked and first aid trained. Jelly and Ice Cream also offer equipment hire if there’s anything you’d rather not travel with but would like the use of in resort.
Prices – These prices are a guide and Jelly and Ice Cream should be contacted for confirmation
- 1 full day (8 hours per day, flexible hours) – 171 Euros/202 Euros peak week
- 1 full week (8 hours per day for 6 days) – 974 Euros/1141 Euros peak week
- 1 half day (9.00 – 13.30/13.00 – 17.00) – 103 Euros/115 Euros
- 6 consecutive half days – 564 Euros/ 658 Euros
Prices are per 1 nanny. For alternative arrangements to the above, booking or further information please contact Jelly and Ice Cream directly.
Creche option. ESF – Club Piou-Piou and Les Saturins
ESF Meribel offer childcare options for your little ones to get them playing in the snow and for the 3 – 5 year olds, starting to familiarise themselves with skis. ESF Meribel also offer indoor and outdoor activities for the very little ones, aged 18 months – 3 years old.
Club Piou-Piou and Saturins are more of a crèche set up rather than a private nanny service, so your children would be able to play with others in a group setting. You also have the flexibility of either morning, afternoon or full-time care. You’re not constrained to booking the full week, you can pick and choose what works for you.
There are three Club Piou-Piou areas you could meet at. The most convenient for you as Flexi Chalet guests is the Chaudanne.
A typical day at Club Piou-Piou
- 9:00 to 9:30 am: Welcome parents and children.
- 9:45 to 11:30 am: Discover and learn to ski + snow games. A small snack will also be offered during the morning.
- 12:00 am: Parents return to collect their child if they are not staying for Meals.
- 12:00 to 2:00 pm: ‘Stay for Meals’ lunch is supervised along with rest and relaxation until 2:00 pm.
- 2:00 to 2:30 pm: Some morning and lunch children may leave and welcome to the afternoon children.
- 2:45 to 4:45 pm: Same program as morning session.
- 4:45 to 5:00 pm: End of activities, children are returned to their parents.
A typical day at Les Saturins
Toddlers are looked after by qualified professionals who offer a wide variety of activities throughout the day from reading books, singing and arts and crafts to snow games, sledging and playing in the garden.
Prices Club Piou-Piou (ages 3 – 5 years) and Les Saturins (ages 18 months – 3 years)
- 6 mornings and afternoons – from 266 Euros
- 6 supervised lunches Club Piou-Piou –155 Euros
- 6 supervised lunches Les Saturins –142 Euros
Single sessions are available to book in resort subject to availability.
Detailed information on what to bring and booking procedure can be found here:
When should I book my childcare?
Whilst there are several companies operating in Meribel, childcare is frequently in high demand, so the earlier you book the better!
If you are travelling during a peak week (Christmas, New Year, half-term, Easter) then booking early is particularly important.
Do I have to book full days for the whole week?
Not necessarily. Information on individual companies can be found below. Some companies offer a flexible package or can offer just mornings/afternoons.
If you are travelling during a peak week (Christmas, New Year, half-term, Easter), you will probably be required to book the full week.
What if I just want some babysitting during the staff night off?
No problem. Any of the companies below (apart from ESF) will be able to arrange a babysitting for you, just contact them directly.
Will the nanny ski with the children?
No, nannies will happily drop off/collect your children to and from ski school but they will focus on other activities when looking after your children.
What activities do childcare companies usually do with the children?
If you have requests, companies will look to accommodate them, however in general activities may include; sledging, snowman building, bus rides to parks and inside activities (painting, drawing, board games, puzzles etc.).
Will the nanny come to the chalet?
Yes, with the exception of ESF Club Piou Piou and Les Saturins, the nannies will come to your chalet and take care of your children from there. You can speak to the childcare company about the arrangements and they will accommodate you.
Will the nanny feed my child during the day?
The short answer is yes. However, each company works differently and may require extra money for lunches/snacks throughout the day. It’s best to discuss this directly with the childcare company.
Will my child get to play with other children?
If you decide to use the ESF Club Piou Piou or Les Saturins then your child will be with other children.
If you decide to go with a private nanny you can discuss this with them, but generally if there are other children of a similar age with other nannies, they are often happy to meet up during the day to run joint activities.
How many nannies do I need?
This depends on the number of children you have and their ages, and it varies between the companies. Details for specific companies can be found below.
Which company should I use?
The company you decide to use will depend on your own preferences, requirements and their availability.
Can Flexi Chalets provide cots and highchairs?
Yes – just let us know before your arrival and this can be arranged for you.