childrens page

Children

Whether your children are first-timers or seasoned pros, it is still vitally important that they have the time of their lives and that you are confident that they are in safe hands.

Nothing quite beats the thrill of being outside in the fresh mountain air, doing something all together, as a family. This page is designed to guide you through every question you may have regarding the children - from getting the troops into the best ski school, to tasty meals in the chalet we’ve got everything covered and it will ensure that you and the little ones have the most special and memorable holiday with us at Ski Basics.

No matter what your child’s age, there is a service in Meribel that can allow you some much needed time on the mountain too. For full details please see ‘On the Slopes’ and ‘Childcare.’

Service Age
Private Nanny 12 weeks – 14 years
ESF ‘Les Saturins’ 18 months – 2 years
ESF ‘Club Piou Piou’ 3 – 5 years
Ski School Children’s Group Lessons 4 – 17 years

In the chalet

It is so important that you, as parents, feel comfortable in our chalets and know that the children are in a safe environment. We therefore provide, at no extra cost, stair gates, cots, high chairs and baby monitors upon request. We can also organise the rental of push chairs for the week and all our transport vehicles have booster seats and child car seats. There will be a selection of books and games in your chalet and sledges for you all to enjoy on sunny afternoons.

Our hosts will prepare fresh and healthy food that the kids like, as well as putting on earlier dinner sitting if you prefer. This normally takes place at 6 o'clock but we will, of course, be flexible to fit in with your usual routine as far as possible. They are of course welcome to have the same as the adults.

We do our best to source the highest quality ingredients to make natural, homemade family favourites. Dishes include shepherd’s pie, fish goujons with seasonal vegetables and fun nights with DIY pizza’s will bring a smile to everyone’s faces. Visit our food page.

We know happy children mean happy parents, so try to go above and beyond to ensure everyone has a nice time. We will help the kids’ cosy down, offering a warm drink and bed time story books by the fire to help them settle for the evening and ensure a relaxing end to your busy days.

If you have any questions regarding the specifics of the chalet in regards to children, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Also the kids loved the special kids menu which they were offered, and we were impressed with the flexibility to tweak the menu when needed to keep the kids happy.

Zoe Woods – January 2, 2016

Very personable and accommodating, excellent with the children and food was superb! We felt they all went the extra mile.

Ann-Marie Burrage – December 26, 2015

On the slopes

Skiing is a great sport, for young kids it’s mostly about having fun gaining confidence on the slopes and playing. Choosing a ski school or opting for playgroups or nanny can be a big decision to make and you may be nervous, we know the ski schools inside and out and will be happy to chat through what options best suit you and your family.

Our hosts will prepare fresh and healthy food that the kids like, as well as putting on earlier dinner sitting if you prefer. This normally takes place at 6 o'clock but we will, of course, be flexible to fit in with your usual routine as far as possible. They are of course welcome to have the same as the adults.

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.

Contact to pre-bookski school logo
+44 844 811 2779
info@parallel-lines.com
www.parallel-lines.com

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.

Contact to pre-bookski school logo
+44 844 770 4733
info@skinewgen.com
www.skinewgen.com

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.

Contact to pre-bookski school logo
+33 479 085 336
meribel@oxygene.ski
www.oxygene.ski

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.

Contact to pre-bookski school logo
+33 479 086 031
esfmeribel@wanadoo.fr
www.esf-meribel.com


Rocky was an impressive host. Her attention to detail, flexibility incorporating our specific requests and general attitude and interaction with our family was second to none. Our three children warmed to her instantly.

Andy Williams – January 2, 2016

Excellent hostess who accommodated all our requests in relation to diet, meal times and transport. She was especially considerate to our baby granddaughter making life easier for the whole family.

Richard Williams – March 12, 2016

Childcare

Holidays are precious, we want you to be able 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 for an evening off.

Our hosts will prepare fresh and healthy food that the kids like, as well as putting on earlier dinner sitting if you prefer. This normally takes place at 6 o'clock but we will, of course, be flexible to fit in with your usual routine as far as possible. They are of course welcome to have the same as the adults.

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.


Nannies

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 pecial offers may be available and if you require something other than the above then we recommend contacting Nicole at Meribel Nanny Services.

Contact to pre-bookski school logo
+44 7500 159112
+33 633 521 895
nicole@meribelnannyservices.com
www.meribelnannyservices.com


Merinannies

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.

Contact to pre-bookski school logo
+44 7860 925055
katia.merinannies@gmail.com
www.merinannies.com


T4 Nannies

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)

Contact to pre-bookski school logo
+44 208 144 1054
mail@t4nanny.com
www.t4nanny.com


SnowBugs

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

Contact to pre-bookski school logo
+44 7908 748 262
+33 616 973 601
info@snowbugs.co.uk
www.snowbugs.co.uk


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.

Contact to pre-bookski school logo
+33 679 769 595
enquiries@jellyandice-cream.com
www.jellyandice-cream.com


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 Ski Basics 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.
• 2:0 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:
Les Saturins www.ski-school-meribel-mottaret.com/infants/nursery-saturnins
Club Piou Piou www.ski-school-meribel-mottaret.com/infants/club-pioupiou

Contact to pre-bookski school logo
+33 479 086 031
esfmeribel@wanadoo.fr
www.esf-meribel.com


Amazed at the professionalism of all the staff and how the company is run. Excellent drivers and general service all round even providing toys and equipment for my 11 month old. Would recommend ski basics to everyone.

Melanie Brown – December 19, 2015

Naomi made our holiday extra special as she was so lovely and went out of her way to make sure we were happy. Her food was fantastic and particularly the cakes! All the children were very sad to say goodbye as they treated Naomi as part of the family from the outset. A super talented host. 1000% the best according to the kids!

Victoria Orford - March 28, 2015

FAQs

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 Ski Basics provide cots and highchairs?
Yes - just let us know before your arrival and this can be arraged for you.


Also the kids loved the special kids menu which they were offered, and we were impressed with the flexibility to tweak the menu when needed to keep the kids happy.

Zoe Woods – January 2, 2016

Very personable and accommodating, excellent with the children and food was superb! We felt they all went the extra mile.

Ann-Marie Burrage – December 26, 2015