Our Nurseries are run by qualified British nannies or nursery nurses (DCE/CCE/NNEB or NVQ Levels 2 or 3, or equivalent qualifications), for six days a week from 8.30am to 5pm, with Child Care Assistants supporting in some Nurseries.
This is an important element to check when comparing with other crèche providers. (We may occasionally ask for your understanding if ratios are temporarily varied due to staff illness for example.)
Nursery Activities and Equipment
Nursery activities follow the same exciting ‘Theme of the Week’ as our Snow Club, such as ‘Arctic Antics’ or ‘Space – the Final Frontier’, so that all children in our care, including Nursery and Snow Club siblings, have similarly themed fun-filled experiences. Our Nursery toys and equipment are chosen for their educational as well as play features, and meet stringent health and safety guidelines.
All our resorts have fully equipped Esprit Nurseries, available exclusively to Esprit children aged from 4-40 months. Most are based in dedicated rooms in our larger chalets or Chalet Hotels, but in some resorts we have hired special rooms in local properties – see the relevant resort pages for details. Where we have more than one Nursery location in a resort, we allocate children so that their fun and activities can be more tailored to suit their ages and abilities, so your child may not necessarily attend the Nursery in your ‘home’ property, and you will be informed of the allocated Nursery on arrival.
Our Nurseries are structured to provide a happy and stimulating environment for babies and toddlers.
A typical day begins at 8.30am, when the children have free-play to settle them in and to absorb the disruptions of any late arrivals and goodbyes to parents. Mid-morning Children have a snack and then those who need a nap can sleep in one of the Nursery cots, while the other children have a
creative session with paints, stickers or other craft activities.
Specially prepared by our staff. Freshly made purées of varying consistencies are available for our younger guests, whilst older children tuck in to a healthy meal. We also stock our chalets with a selection of baby food, freely available.
There is another nap opportunity for the sleepy, and a structured session for the more active toddlers, such as Music & Movement or making cookies. Then, after an afternoon snack, the outdoor fun begins – weather permitting of course! Depending on age and parental consent, children may be taken on a ride in a gondola-lift, on a bus trip, out for a walk or simply to play in the snow. Older toddlers may even go ‘bumboarding’.
Day’s End The day draws to a quiet close with free play, and parents are asked to collect their Nursery children by 5pm.
At 5.30pm, at least one parent is asked to accompany their Nursery child at High Tea in their ‘home’ chalet or Chalet Hotel. Freshly made purées are always available, as well as the main high tea choice for children.
Naturally the precise structure of the day will vary to take account of weather conditions, children’s routines and local facilities.
Exclusive Free Esprit Playroom at Chambery Airport
Not only does flying to Chambery mean shorter transfer times – a huge bonus for small children – but there’s also our FREE Esprit Playroom in the departures area! Our staff will take all the strain of caring for the little ones making your homeward journey as smooth and stress-free as possible.
Exclusive to Esprit babies and
- Qualified British Nannies or
- Fully equipped, specially designated play-rooms
- Separate sleep-rooms or cot areas
- Snacks, refreshments and lunch included
- Fun-filled themed activity weeks
- Fresh air outings and toddlers’ snow-play
- Daily diary kept of each individual child’s day
- 6 full days from just £299 per child
- FREE Esprit playroom at Chambery Airport
- We maintain strict ratios of Nannies to children in our Esprit Nurseries as follows:
- For infants 4-12 months: 1 nanny per 2 infants
- For infants 13-23 months: 1 nanny per 3 infants
- For toddlers 24-40 months: 1 nanny per 4 children