Child Care

Over the last 32 years we have constantly developed and refined our services to create the UK’s market leading child care programme for family skiing.

Esprit Ski Child Care & Children’s Ski Lessons

For parents, Esprit Classic Child Care means being able to leave your accommodation after breakfast to head for the first lifts, only needing to return after the last one shuts. We look after your children completely throughout the ski day and offer a wide range of ski classes and activity clubs to suit age ranges from 17 weeks to 12 years.

IMPORTANT – Avoid disappointment! Places for all child care and ski classes must be reserved at the time of your initial telephone reservation. Due to strict ratios of children per instructor we are unable to take bookings after your arrival in resort.

Detailed below are the Esprit Classic Child Care & Ski Classes on offer in *every resort (*subject to availability).

As our Child Care programme is now so extensive, please call our friendly and helpful team on 01483 791900 if you need any further guidance.


Our exclusive Esprit Sprite/let ski classes run each week by resort. We are keen to be as flexible as possible in order to accommodate all children’s ski abilities, so we may be able to offer additional classes other than those stated here if there are sufficient numbers of children interested. Please check with us if any extra classes are on offer. A minimum number of children for each new class will apply. Our Reservations Team will have all the relevant information on 01483 791 900.

Any child booking any morning plus any afternoon element plus Supervised Lunch receives their Cocoa Club (inc.Mini) FREE or Cocoa Club Plus at HALF PRICE! All Sprite ski classes in Gressoney are 6 days for the price of 5!

  • 32 years experience as the UK’s leading family ski specialist
  • The biggest choice of child care services in skiing
  • Flexible child care options, from half-days up to our ‘Seamless Service’ from 9am-6pm
  • ‘Crunch-Buster’ deals in every resort to help you save £££s
  • All our chalets and Chalet Hotels are Esprit-exclusive, so you are always amongst like-minded guests
  • Strict ratios of nannies to children in all our Nurseries
  • All nannies properly qualified and English-speaking
  • Snow Club fun for children over nursery age
  • All child care staff are subject to the new Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced Check  (formerly the ‘CRB’ check)
  • All appropriate child care and catering staff trained to the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health’s Level 2 in Food Safety or equivalent
  • Strict signing-in/out procedures whenever responsibility for children passes between Esprit staff and parents or ski instructors
  • Exclusive Esprit – only ski classes, with the best English-speaking instructors
  • Maximum 8 children in a class, and only 6 per class for 3-4 year-olds
  • Guided Ski Fun afternoon groups
  • Family Ski Guiding on your last day
  • FREE evening Baby-Listening/Child Patrol Service every night in all our Chalet Hotels and larger chalets, and in all properties on our staff’s one night off per week
Nursery 17 weeks - 40 months All day care with qualified Nursery staff
Spritelets 3 - 4 years Half-day ski-play - a toddler’s introduction to the fun of skiing
Sprites 5 - 12 years Sub-divided into morning ski lessons for a range of different ski abilities and age group levels
Sprites Xtra 6 - 12 years As above but including afternoon ski lessons as well as morning, for maximum time on the slopes!
Supervised Lunch 3 - 12 years Children’s lunch with staff supervision 12-2 pm
Sprite Guided Ski Fun 6 – 12 years Afternoon guided free-skiing sessions for children ready to explore the mountains
Snow Club 3 - 8 years Action-packed half day activity club with our Snow Rangers, including lunch
Mini Cocoa Club 3 - 5 years 7.30–9.30pm - A quiet time for pre-bed stories and play
Cocoa Club 6 - 12 years Supervised evening club 7.30-10 pm
Cocoa Club Plus 8 - 12 years Evening club including après ski activities

Esprit Child Care Guarantee

We are confident that our child care services surpass those of any other tour operator, and that you will be more than happy with the way we look after your children and the progress they make.

To back this up, we offer our simple and effective Child Care Guarantee: if you are dissatisfied with any aspect of our child care, tell us why and what proportion of the cost you consider to be a fair reimbursement. We will then investigate thoroughly for you, and pay back an amount we agree is reasonable and fair within 28 days of receiving your written request.

This guarantee covers any situation where there has been any failing on the part of our staff or suppliers, but is not applicable where parents simply change their mind about child care requirements.

To avoid ruining your holiday plans, Nursery places must be booked with your initial telephone reservation. Due to our strict ratios we are unable to take bookings after your arrival in resort.