The childcare facilities listed here have been used by YSE guests, but as we haven't used them ourselves, we cannot give our own personal recommendation.
In our experience, every child’s needs and every parent's expectations
are different. We are loath to get involved with childcare, preferring to
leave it to professionals. We hope that you will speak to whoever may
be arranging your childcare, meet the carer and go around the chalet
with them to satisfy yourself that they can keep your children safe in
it. For example, if your child is the adventurous sort who will
disappear up the chimney, the carer needs to know that and to be
tel: UK number 020 8144 1054.
t4 Nanny charge per nanny rather than per child, in sterling. They have lowered prices for 2016-17 because of the exchange rate.
6 full days
£650 (£790 peak weeks) for 8 consecutive hours anytime between
8.30am and 8pm
6 half days £370 (half days not available in peak weeks), for 4 consecutive hours between 8.30am-1pm or 1.30-8pm
We can check the availability of a t4 nanny when you call us to book your holiday.
Little Chicks Childcare
tel: 00 33 762 70 24 36
Heading for their third winter season in 2015-16,
run by Laura Fitzmaurice who has several years' experience working in Val d'Isère.
Little Chicks nannies are "fully qualified and have extensive experience
with all age ranges. All are DBS (formally CRB) checked". You can choose
the hours the nanny works. The nannies are provided with pushchairs, bouncers, play gyms, toys, sledges, swimming goggles and vests, etc, and will put together a week of activities in and around the resort.
6 full days, £600 (£768 peak weeks), for 8 consecutive hours between 7am and 7pm
6 half days, £350 (£432), 4 consecutive hours between 7am and 7pm
Babysitting, £13 per hour between 7pm and 7am
Jelly and Ice-Cream
tel: 00 33 641 56 61 44
Formerly called Valtina, the Jelly and Ice Cream office is in the Galerie des Cimes.
You pay per nanny, not per child, and one nanny can look
to three children if all are aged over 2, or two children of any age. 75%
of their staff are NNEB qualified or equivalent, and the
remainder have experience of working with children as teachers,
nurses, nannies/au pairs, etc., and have at least two years' experience. Jelly Lunch Club for children finishing ski school at 12.00 or 12.30, with lunch and supervision provided until 2pm. They also hire out baby equipment which saves having to
bring your own pushchair, for example. A week's hire of a single
pushchair is €45.
2016-17 prices (prices are also available in sterling on their website)
1 half day (morning 9am-1pm or afternoon 1-5pm), €94 per nanny, (€105 peak rate)
6 half days €508 (€590)
1 full 8-hour day €153 (€181)
6 full days €877 (€1034)
Babysitting per hour:
1-3 children, before midnight €18, after midnight €20, Christmas & New Year's Eve €36
4-5 children, before midnight €20, after midnight €22, Christmas & New Year's Eve €40
Village des Enfants
tel: 00 33 479 40 09 81
skiing crêche and kindergarten is right on the
slopes by the Rond Point, where the buses turn. The lower
age limit has been reduced from 3 years to 18 months, while older children can enjoy the
brilliant facilities including a lovely play area in the snow. It is now run by one of our directors’ former nanny,
who makes sure that YSE children are particularly happy, as she has for
the last five years. They will also take children to and from ski lessons and look after them for the rest of the day. Open from 9am to 5.30pm every day except Saturday.
Full day without lunch (9.00-12.30 and 2-5.30pm), €52
Half day without lunch, €32
Full day with lunch, €66.50
Half day with lunch is €46.50
Half day nursery, with lunch and accompaniment to and from ski lessons, €58.50.
Crêche (for infants):
5 days with meals/snacks €450
5 half days €200
tel: 00 33 479 06 13 97
Close to our chalet Charlotte, just beyond the church. Takes children from 3 years. Open 9am to 5.30pm every day, options available are full days, half days or lunchtime only. They will also take children to and from ski school lessons. Comprehensive and clear website. Petit Poucet has to be
pre-booked, with a certificate from your GP to say that the child is in
Full day with meals/snacks, €57
6 full days with meals/snacks, €325
Morning with meals/snacks, (9.00-2.30), €45
6 mornings, €257
Afternoon with meals/snacks, (11.30-5.30), €48
6 afternoons, €273
Afternoon without lunch, (1.30-5.30), €36
6 afternoons without lunch, €205
Midday lunch, (11.30-2.30), €40
6 midday lunches, €222
The Tourist Office
tel: 00 33 479 06 06 60
The tourist office has a list of baby-sitters, though they are not vetted.
My Travelling Nanny
tel: UK number 020 8133 3126
Matches you up with a temporary nanny who travels with you on your
holiday. On top of the prices below is the cost of the nanny's
holiday charged as a member of your party by YSE. The nannies also get a day off, or two half days, during the week.
1 week, 6 hours per day & 3 evenings babysitting, £325 (standard/student nanny), £420 (qualified nanny)
1 week, 10 hours per day & 4 evenings babysitting, £510 (standard/student nanny), £670 (qualified nanny)
Finally, our chalet girls are always impecunious and sensible and can often be persuaded to help, but they have their own work and are rarely experienced with small children. Any such arrangement is entirely the parents’ responsibility.