Top 10 Questions About Mark Warner Childcare
Top 10 Questions About Mark Warner Childcare
Mark Warner pride themselves on the quality of their Childcare; Crèches and Kids’ Clubs are available in many of their chalet hotels and beach resorts.
Parents often tell us that if their children are having fun and smiling then they are happy and the holiday has been a success. We find Mark Warner excel in childcare programmes and that is why we recommend them and book them for our customers. We want you as parents to be able to relax, safe in the knowledge that your children are enjoying themselves whilst being safely supervised.
As Mark Warner offer the same quality of childcare in all their resorts, it allows you to pick the resort that catches your eye and offers the other facilities you want, e.g. skiing, sailing, tennis, spa, cycling, fitness programmes and more.
What qualifications do Mark Warner nannies have?
Mark Warner ensure their nannies are fluent in English, hold a First Aid Certificate, have a good swimming ability and have a NNEB, CACHE, City & Guilds, BTEC National Diplomas or similar qualification, or 2 years’ experience in a childcare environment. They must also have an enhanced disclosure through the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS).
What are the nanny: child ratios?
Toddler 1: 1:3
Toddler 2: 1:3 (ski), 1:4 (summer)
Juniors: n/a (ski), 1:12 (summer)
Kidz:1:6 (ski), 1:15 (summer)
Indy: n/a (ski), 1:20 (summer)
What is available in resort for those travelling with babies?
Parents’ kitchens are available in resorts where Baby or Toddler clubs feature and include microwaves, sterilisers, a kettle, UHT whole milk & a fridge.
In two resorts, however, rooms have facilities and milk is available from reception, restaurants, childcare centre or bars – Sea Garden Beach Resort & Levante Beach Resort.
Where there is no kitchen in a ski chalet a preparation area is available to parents to prepare feed and wash bottles.
Baby baths, high chairs, travel cots for, under 2’s, potties, bed guards and booster seats for ages 2+ are available for loan in their hotels with Baby Clubs.
What does the evening childcare consist of?
All resorts with childcare have a ‘sleepover’ drop-in evening service 7.30 to 10.30pm (or until 11 pm on dine-out nights). Under-3s need to be settled in cots/rest beds before parents leave the childcare centre; kids 3+ can enjoy storytelling and a movie until their bedtime as advised by parents.
In beach resorts, children booked into Junior Club (ages 6–9) have an hour of evening entertainment from 7.30pm, with games and quizzes, followed by a supervised movie. For those in Kidz Club (ages 10–13) and Indy Club, there’s evening entertainment, and in some resorts a supervised Kidz Club movie.
Beach resorts have kids’ high tea at 5.30pm (supervised by parents), and for children using the entertainment Kidz Club and Indy Club, supervised dinners at 7.30/7.45pm and 7.45/8pm respectively.In ski resorts, there’s a supervised kids’ high tea at 5 pm. For those in Kidz Club, there’s a supervised dinner at 7 pm five nights a week during school holidays.
Is there in-room babysitting for those who don’t want to use the evening crèche?
Yes but please book as soon as you reach the resort with the hotel childcare manager to ensure you get the babysitting slots you require. This service carries an extra charge.
Is the childcare on-site at the chalet-hotels?
Yes, and ski lessons are provided by their recommended ski school.
What kind of activities do the children do?
In Baby Club, indoor and outdoor activities include hand-painting, bubble-play and beach trips (or walks in ski resorts).
In Toddler Club, the program might include treasure hunts, painting, play dough and construction, plus, in beach resorts, sandcastle-building, swimming, ice-cream trips and canoeing, and in ski resorts, snowman-building, sledging, cable-car rides and hot-chocolate trips.
Mini Club (ages 3–5) has a similar program, but in beach resorts, the kids spend more time on the waterfront – this is the age when they begin sailing. In ski resorts, children booked into this club may be signed up to morning ski school, as well as doing the same kind of activities as Toddler Club. They may also do swimming in Les Deux Alpes.
Junior Club (ages 6–9 in beach resorts) is essentially an introduction to the water sports program, with windsurfing and sailing lessons on alternate days, plus arts and crafts and quizzes. In Kidz Club (ages 10–13) and Indy Club (age 14–17) in beach resorts, children are kept busy with a mainly waterfront- and activity-based program focused on sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and team games.
In Kidz Club in ski resorts (ages 6–12), children may be booked into half- or full-day ski school, with other activities including quizzes, games, snowman-building and sledging, plus swimming in Les Deux Alpes.
What age can children start specific activities?
Ages 4-5 is the age most ski lessons start (or from 3 in La Plagne). The children will be taken to and from their ski lessons by the childcare team.
In sun resorts, children spend time at the beach from Toddler Club onwards – ages 1 and 2 are taken out for canoe rides, while ages 3–5 add sailing to the mix. Ages 6–9 have progressive watersports lessons, with the aim by the end of the week to be able to sail a boat.
Except at the Sea Garden, the beach resorts also have tennis lessons at extra charge for ages 3+.
What do kids need to bring to crèche/kids’ club?
A named bag for their belongings which must include a hat, swimwear or a ski suit, sunglasses and sunscreen (SPF 30+).
In ski resorts, kids also need waterproof gloves.
For Baby Club, nappies, nappy sacks, comforter, baby bottles, formula milk, wet wipes, bibs and a favourite toy. You can buy many of the items above in resort. In beach resorts, also bring swim nappies and a buggy.
For toddlers, nappies, nappy sacks, wet wipes, comforters, bottles/cups, a change of clothes, a favourite toy, and in beach resorts swim nappies and a T-shirt for the water.
For Mini Club in beach resorts, a towel, a confidence jacket/swimming aid, a T-shirt for the water, and waterproof shoes (reef type). Those in Junior, Kidz and Indy clubs should add a UV top and shorts.
In ski resorts, children 3 and up need helmets, snowsuits, boots, sunglasses, a lift pass if booked into ski school, a snack, tissues, a hat, waterproof gloves, lip salve and pocket money for a drink.
Les Deux Alpes has a swimming activity and therefore children over 3 need swimwear.
Do Mark Warner offer special needs childcare provision?
Levante Beach Resort, Lakitira Beach Resort and San Lucianu Beach Resort can offer one-to-one childcare.
Please reserve at the time of booking as these places are limited and the childcare can sometimes split mornings & afternoons.
At Travel Club Elite we are specialists in Mark Warner holidays and we bring our customers expertise, with financial security and service guaranteed by our 33+ year ABTA membership (No. 82689).
- 26th August 2017