Friday, 8 December 2017

Why a Merinanny?





We have asked one of our long standing, loyal families to give an opinion on the childcare service we provide and what makes them book with us.

“We have been booking Merinannies for the last ten seasons in Meribel, Chamonix and St Anton. Since their t-shirts were pink to purple and black. Every year when we plan our family ski trip in the Alps we ask Katia where she has placed nannies and then we decide where to go.

Here are the main reasons we book with Merinannies year after year:

They are personable and genuine. Katia is always available on the phone to give advice and she replies her emails promptly and thoroughly. She is a mother and an early years teacher so we can share the worries and anxieties.

Unlike other agencies, Merinannies professional nannies are respected and paid well, therefore they are happy and committed to work for Merinannies. Merinannies provide them with good living conditions in resort too, which is not normal for seasonnaires.

All their nannies come checked and referenced and most have worked with this agency for a few years. It is obvious they love what they are doing, and by not being employed by the agency, they have the freedom to enjoy their chosen resort.

They are flexible and understanding, and will go an extra mile to help.

The agency can provide special needs nannies so a parent with such requests can rely on their expertise and enjoy their holiday.

Finally they are the longest standing childcare agency in the Alps and have an excellent guestbook, so why look elsewhere?”

Happy smiles everywhere.


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Thursday, 7 December 2017


MERIBEL. The heart of the Three Valleys.


One of the most popular family ski resorts in the Alps.


As a town, you will never run out of things to do and see. The Olympic Centre alone (situated next to the Chaudanne, the main lift station) packs in activities like bowling, ice-skating and indoor swimming, with a spa & fitness centre also located inside. There are bars, restaurants, and ski shops aplenty in this remarkable town. Buzzing with life and energy, Meribel is an all-rounder when it comes to selecting ski resorts.

The slopes accommodate for skiers of all levels. Within the Meribel valley, there is an ample variety of pistes ranging from Green to Black. Snowparks, olympic slopes, and kids ski zones can all be found here. The ski resort is not only very family-friendly, but is also popular for many youngsters, couples, and retirees.

The Meribel resort is equipped with 53 lifts, 76 runs, and over 150km of piste. The highest peak reaches 2952m, with more than 85% of the resort situated at least 1800m above sea level, making for ideal conditions.

The latest snow reports reveal snow depths of 89cm in the upper part of the resort, with 30cm in the lower part. Forecasts show more snow to come this Friday (+19cm) and Saturday (+16cm), arriving just in time for the Opening Day of Meribel and the Three Valleys Ski Area.

If you are looking to book, or have booked, a family ski holiday to Meribel, it’s never too late to reserve a nanny. Merinannies provide qualified experienced nannies who are first aided and insured for peace of mind.

Call us today on:   +44 (0)7860925055  – or –  Email:   info@merinannies.com

Monday, 4 December 2017

ST ANTON CHILDCARE


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If there is one resort that should be on your bucket list of places to ski, it’s ST ANTON AM ARLBERG. This exuberant Austrian resort is one where the sublime slopes can be enjoyed by families as well as the avid snow shredder. St Anton, one of the 7 ski resorts making up the Arlberg area, is well-known as a lavish, high-spirited town with lots to do in the small area it covers. There are always changes and additions made to the resort, keeping it on its toes with the latest trends and answering to the wants and needs of its visitors, making it the go-to place for many families, couples and other ski enthusiasts.

Snow has already fallen in St Anton, with a dump of 20cm just a few days ago, and more is expected starting this Friday. The latest snow report reveals the upper part of the resort to have a snow depth 125cm, giving the eager skiers a head-start into the season. The Arlberg area contains 305km of pistes and 88 lifts. Today, 161km of piste is open for skiing, along with 50 lifts, which means the ski area is already at an operational level.

Now if you have booked, or are thinking of booking, a ski holiday to St Anton with the family and you want time to experience the vast range of slopes and off-piste powder the resort has to offer, in addition to some of the best après ski bars in the Alps (like the legendary Mooserwirt and Krazy Kanguruh), there is no reason for the kids to hold you back. Our qualified nannies are there to take care of the little ones so you can enjoy the resort from top to bottom.



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Saturday, 4 November 2017

Roxane's move to St Anton !

Roxane has been with us for two seasons in Megeve. She loved her time in this beautiful upmarket village busying herself with childcare and painting, but time has come for the move.

Roxane decided to taste the adventures of a new more lively resort and this season will be based in St Anton in Austria. Already bilingual with English and French it is time to practice some German too.
http://www.merinannies.com/index.php/resorts/st-anton

Roxane is particularly interested in drawing and painting with children, even the very young ones, and often our families comment on how long the children get engaged with enthusiasm in such activities. A lover of nature Roxane also enjoys taking the children out in the snow making snow sculptures.

We can't wait to welcome Roxane in St Anton in December!
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Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Another exciting return

Anna's return to the Alps brings excitement and new opportunities

Soon will be my second winter season with Merinannies, and I couldn't be more excited!
As an independent educator who loves travelling, being a nanny for Merinannies (and its summer-sister KidsInGreece) has been an incredible work opportunity! I spent last year's festive season in Megeve, a picturesque ski resort in the stunning French Alps, where work and play were perfectly combined! 
What I like most about Merrinannies is that I am treated with care and professionalism, and what they expect in return, is simply the same. Our agent makes sure everything runs smoothly before and during the work period, and I always feel confident and well supported. Exactly what I need in order to be happy and creative around young kids!

This winter season I will be travelling to France and Austria for some new nanny adventures! I can't wait!
Anna


Anna will be available on special request
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07860925055 



Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Looking forward to winter


Jessica's return for winter 17.18 in Meribel

Jessica is a qualified level 7 Early Years Teacher, with a full paediatric first aid and a DBS check.   She has experience working and volunteering with children aged 0-14 over the past 7 years. Jessica especially loves working with babies and young children, and has had sole care of babies overnight for a 24 hour period. She has worked in range of settings from schools, nurseries, outdoor forest schools and two seasons nannying in Meribel. All of this experience has provided Jessica with the ability to adapt to each child's individual needs, providing fun, stimulating and safe activities specifically catered to your child's interests.  
Jessica knows the resort of Méribel well and knows where to find all the fun outdoor activities your child may want to partake in on a ski holiday, such as sledging, snow man building, and hot chocolate trips. She also has a box full of craft on those days when the weather is not permitting. 
Jessica is committed to working to your families needs, keeping your children safe and entertained so you can relax on your ski holiday, knowing your children are happy and cared for.'


We are looking forward to having this gem back!
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Saturday, 9 September 2017

When something revitalises you never give it up

As summer is slowly drawing to an end, we get feedback not only from our families but from our nannies, who are the key to years of our success.

Here is a late one from one of our long term loyal nannies....

"Looking back in the past four years, I would like to warmly thank Katia for our wonderful time together... It is the 4th summer season of our cooperation and I have only beautiful memories to share! With Kidsingreece and Merinannies I have met wonderful people and travelled to several destinations gaining invaluable experiences. All this would not have happened without Katia's help. Katia takes genuine care of us individually, she advises and supports unconditionally by always being there in every step of each job at anytime of the day !Katia says "when something revitalises you never give it up, no matter of age or situation"....But most importantly Katia has huge knowledge in matters involving childcare, and customer and nanny satisfaction. Many thanks one more time, I hope we will continue to work together for many more years to come!"

How we do it....well, it's all about passion for caring. They say what you put in, you get back...

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Friday, 4 August 2017

NOT JUST FOR THE ISLANDS

Greece offers more than beautiful islands, sandy beaches and the sun...

This month we have one of our nannies working for the second season in Monemvasia, a town in Peloponese.

Monemvasia in Greece is one of the most impressive places in the country. Carved on the back side of a sea rock in the Medieval times, it was not visible from the mainland, so that the locals could avoid enemy attacks. The only way to reach the Rock was by boat, but now there is a paved pathway to join the Rock and the castle with the mainland, this is where the name Monemvasia comes from.

A "single passage" into history.

Today most of the old mansions have been converted into guesthouses and boutique hotels. Outside the Rock, there is a new modern town and the walks into the castle town are telling stories of the past.
Holidays in Monemvasia are different and very popular for families.
They can be combined with day trips to Gythio, Mystras, Neapolis and other regions of the south Peloponnese.

Arts and crafts for slightly older children below have kept them busy and creative, thanks to the nanny's artistic imagination and flair....




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Saturday, 29 April 2017

Protomagya

What is Protomaya

May Day celebrations ( a reason to visit Greece this time of year) mean a celebration of Spring.
According to legend May was named after the Roman goddess Maia ( Greek word for midwife, mother and nurse). In the Ancient time this month was dedicated to Dimitra, the goddess of agriculture, and her daughter Persephone, who would return to her mother each May after spending her winter in the underworld with Adis ( Hades). One of the celebrations was Anthesteria, the first Greek flower festival as both Greeks and Romans believed that flowers represent the beauty of the gods and bring power, happiness, health and glory .
May Day is a bank holiday in Greece and families pick up flowers to make a Mayatiko Stefani/ May Day wreath. The process of making this brings people closer to nature. The wreaths are decorated by the whole family, especially with the help of children, singing and dancing, and they hang on the doors, balconies and walls.
What a great start of the season!


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Friday, 6 January 2017

The delightful village of MEGEVE in the eyes of our nanny....






Megève is a very cute and authentic village in Haute-Savoie, Chamonix Valley, the French Alps. The little church Saint Paul rings it's bells every hour right in the centre, close to the famous ski design shop Allaard. On the main square, a huge Christmas tree is rising up and shines upon Megève. It is one of the most magical sight you can expect when you come to enjoy winter holidays. Indeed, the king of the village stays up till the end of the season ! Near by, on the ancient pavement, beautiful horse-carriages are waiting to take you on nice tours all around the city and country-side. Of course, the car free streets are perfect for shopping, and you can find either cosy or prestigious restaurants Michelin- stared. There are also a few bars and nightclubs, even an outdoor bar right in front of the Christmas tree, where it is typical to have a vin chaud or hot chocolate ! Art galeries are another attraction there.

For kids, Megève has everything, beside an easy and large variety of slopes (the cable connection is one of the most practical). A little ice-ring and an icy mini-quad circuit in the centre, a big outdoor playground, a sleighing area, a summer sleigh (kind of roller-coaster), many walks to discover following the littles bridges along the river… There is a big indoor structure as well : Le Palais des Sports. Further along, an Olympic ice ring with music, a 3 floor library with a very comfortable space for little kids, a swimming pool, an inflated castles gymnasium , a ping-pong table, a tennis court, a climbing wall, and for the parents, a brand new spa/sauna/hammam/balneo complex !

During the season, the city organises several events like the Polo Master and winter golf cup in January, and the famous Jazz Festival in March. To put it in a nutshell, Megève is not only a typical charming village, it has so many cultural and sporty attractions for every taste and age! So, even when the snow is not there, the whole family will always find something new to do every day !
By Roxane
www.megeve-nannies.com
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