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Nanny share in Val D'Isere week starting 24 Feb?? (Or lying about DS's age...?)

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chocolatemakeseverythingbetter Wed 23-Jan-13 21:13:47

Does anyone:

- want to share a nanny?
- have advice on how to find someone to share a nanny with?
- have advice on how to find a reliable nanny?

Our son will be 15 months old, and we (crazy people that we are) are staying in a hotel, not a chalet. The hotel is child friendly though and has giant cow-sculptures in the hallway. I don't think the cows babysit though.

Also - there's a creche in town that starts at 18 months... do you think I can just register him there? he's a very confident walker already and is quite big for his age.... anyone been successfully sneaky like this??

Thanks for any tips!

ringing Wed 23-Jan-13 22:10:44

We've used 'jelly and ice cream' before to look after our DC's. English speaking nanny agency with lots of English girls out there. They'll come to your hotel, apartment etc, bring toys, take the kids out. We had a great experience with them. As it's half term week you may struggle for availability but def worh a try.

FannyFifer Wed 23-Jan-13 22:12:47

Or you could take your child on an appropriate holiday.

VivaLeBeaver Wed 23-Jan-13 22:13:32

I know someone who booked their nearly 3yo in at ski school in chamonix that only took them from age 3 up. Worked for them.

VivaLeBeaver Wed 23-Jan-13 22:14:19

That's helpful. hmm

MrRected Wed 23-Jan-13 22:16:31

?? How odd?

You want to go on holiday and leave your child in some strange daycare facility - presumably with kids and carers who speak a different language.

Is this a wind up?

VivaLeBeaver Wed 23-Jan-13 22:26:15

I think you'll find that carers and other kids will all be English or kiwi in val disere. You don't get many French people. grin

So language not an issue.

It's kind of what most people who go on a ski holiday with very small kids do. Hundreds and thousands of people every year.

When dd was little we'd book a chalet with a crèche with English nannies. Shock horror we went skiing for a fair portion of the day. Though I'd always finish early to take her sledging or swimming. She never complained, always seemed to love it. The nannies would take them out in the snow, etc and the kids all seemed to have a fab time.

If you haven't got anything helpful to add to the thread maybe do one!

MrRected Thu 24-Jan-13 10:10:52

How old are you? "Maybe do one"... My 11 year old uses that phrase.

If you know what needs to be done and are comfortable with your choices - good for you. Personally, I think you should reconsider and go somewhere more child friendly. That's just me though.

PatriciaHolm Thu 24-Jan-13 12:44:06

Skiing is a very child friendly holiday! Bit of creche, lots of sledging, snowman building, hot chocolate. Mine love it and done since the OP's child's age and are now very good skiers.

As Viva says, the creche will be full of English speaking children and nannies in Val. However, you may find they ask for his passport; the creche we used to use does. Can the hotel make any suggestions re. finding a private nanny?

chocolatemakeseverythingbetter Thu 24-Jan-13 13:37:54

Thank you Ringing, Viva and Patricia for your very helpful replies.

I'm not sure Fanny and MrRected how I offended you. Skiing is a very important part of our lives, and it will be for our son when he is old enough to ski NEXT YEAR. (Yes, kids do learn to ski at two and they love it, I've taught many two year olds.) So, yes, we are going on a one week ski trip and my son will be with a nanny or with a group of his peers in a caring environment for a few mornings! Are you serious? Get off your high horse!

chocolatemakeseverythingbetter Thu 24-Jan-13 13:53:01

I also would love to know Fanny's definition of an "appropriate" holiday.

When you go on holiday do you ever leave your kids with a babysitter to go out to dinner with your husband? How is leaving them for a morning any different? BTW, we DON'T leave him with a babysitter at night, we eat every meal with him, but I suppose that's harder to do when you spoon-feed your kids. Our BLW-er is a pro-eater.

fedupwithdeployment Thu 24-Jan-13 14:09:02

We took boys skiing when they were young. Both spent a few hours in the resort Halte Garderie (nursery) in various French resorts. Actually this was fine from about 1 to 2 years old, but then we played with them / skied / sledged /put them into Piou Val d'Isere and halte garderie. In Val just about everyone speaks English, but even if they don't (our resorts were smaller) it shouldn't be too much of a problem at that age...I believe it is more intonation that words...

fedupwithdeployment Thu 24-Jan-13 14:10:15

If you are thinking about fibbing about his age, I would check whether they want to see passport....unlikely, but if they do, you may be stuck.

lubeybooby Thu 24-Jan-13 14:12:12

I've never been skiing and it's a long time since I had a toddler but I would go for the creche personally.

Narked Thu 24-Jan-13 14:16:42

Sounds like bliss.

VivaLeBeaver Thu 24-Jan-13 17:30:21

How old am I? Quite probably older than you.

You sound like an 11yo yourself, been rude and thoughtless calling other peoples' choices so odd that the thread must be a wind up.

LIZS Thu 24-Jan-13 17:35:15

Won't a French crèche expect to see proof of vaccinations which might also demonstrate his age? Try the tourist info office for a list of babysitters or local daycare.

BNmum Thu 24-Jan-13 17:46:51

I agree with you LIZS, I've had to show my lo's child health record (with proof of vaccinations in) and it has his d.o.b all over it.

Have you tried: Jelly and Ice Cream
T4 Nanny

I don't have any personal experience of using them but T4 has been recommended to me before.

loachey Fri 25-Jan-13 21:21:15

I used T4 nanny when we were in Val D'Isere a few years ago and DD was about a year old. Funnily enough just been looking at photos with her tonight of that holiday!

The nanny we had was lovely so I would recommend based on that. Obviously though their nannies are seasonnaires as well so going to be different nannies every year.

We were lucky enough to have two families in our group that needed a nanny so we did a nanny share amongst ourselves. Maybe you could ask T4 if they can arrange a shared nanny option? It would probably say on their website?

charliegardner Sat 26-Jan-13 22:11:55

We are also planning a holiday to Val D'Isere the same week as you with our 6 (nearly 7) mth old. Just looking to book. I have my in laws with me for child care but planning to ski mornings and then be with LO in the afternoon, although, depending on where we find, may put him in a creche if needed in the mornings. So im interested to know what you have decided to go with. Ill look out for you playing with LO in the snow and the hotel with the cow!

Have to say i cant believe the insulting posts you've had on here. If you dont agree with the thread just move onto something else (and get a life) dont start abusing someone for their decision and holiday plans just because its different to your experiences.

charliegardner Sat 26-Jan-13 22:40:49

i would not lye about the age though as it may invalidate insurance policies etc if something happened to LO. Also they are likely to want some proof of ID and find out. Give them a call though incase they are flexible on the age thing. good luck

Privatenannyvaldisere Fri 15-Feb-13 14:20:47


My names Laura and I am a freelance private nanny in val d isere if you haven't arranged anything as yet please feel fee to email me at
i currently available that week and would be more than happy to help you both out.

I look forward to hearing from you and lots of snow awaiting your arrival :-)


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