Child-heart Skiing is a great family activity, and once your little ones have mastered the basics, it won’t be long before they’re whizzing past you down the mountains.

However, until that time, you’ll want to make sure they have a great holiday and are well looked after – we know only too well that a happy child will make for a happy holiday for you! 

Most ski schools start children skiing from the age of 4, although ESF run a kindergarten for 3 to 5-year-olds that include playing about on skis. At this age, they normally can manage a couple of hours on the slopes before they tire and want to go home. Luckily in Meribel, there are other activities for little ones to enjoy – from tobogganing to swimming

What are your childcare options? If your kids aren’t skiing all day, and you are, then you have various choices: (Grandparents are very good options, unless, like ours, they, end up taking your 6-year-olds down black runs for fun!) There are three companies we recommend:

meribel-nanny-services Meribel Nanny Services pride themselves in understanding exactly what you need to ensure you have a relaxed enjoyable holiday knowing your children are safe and happy. They offer anything from a full week’s booking to just a night’s babysitting. For more information call or email Nicole.


Snow Angel Nannies offer you a nanny who comes to your chalet and looks after the kids on a weekly basis. They will look after babies and children from 3 months old upwards. They also offer babysitting.

Merinannies are a nanny and babysitter finding service. You pay them an agency fee and they’ll find you a nanny. These nannies tend to be more flexible and should be able to work hours to suit you (usually with a 4-hour minimum each day)

Alternatively, the French Ski School, ESF run two play-schools: Les Piou Piou Kindergarden with fun on snow-covered playgrounds. Les Saturnins Day Nursery is also an option with indoor and outdoor activities.

If you wanted a private nanny on an ad-hoc basis – for some mornings or a couple of afternoons, then talk to us. We know many suitable in-resort nannies who can look after your children as and when you need them. The more notice you give us the better, as they do get booked up. We can also arrange babysitters if you want to go out on your chalet hosts’ night off. This can normally be sorted out the week before your holiday.

If I don’t want to take my child skiing, what else can we do? On the About Meribel page you’ll find details of all the other activities going on in and around Meribel, suitable for little and big kids – from the swimming pool, to the cinema, from the bowling alley to bobsleigh.

Check our blog item about What to do with children in Meribel?