Child Care

Over the last 30 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

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 if you wish. While the babies and toddlers go to our Nursery, Esprit staff take the older ones to our partner ski-school, collect them, give them lunch, run activities to keep them happy and stimulated and then take them back to their chalets for their high tea, giving you our super-convenient ‘Seamless Service’ throughout the day.

Our Child Care programme is now so extensive that at first glance it can appear complicated. To simplify your choice, our table below shows a brief summary of each element that makes up the day and an indication for whom it is appropriate.

Please call our friendly and helpful team on 01483 791900 if you need any further guidance.

Supervised Lunch
Snow Clubs
Evening Care

  • 30 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 subject to the ‘Enhanced Check’ with the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)
  • 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 4 - 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.