Saturday, 13 December 2014

Samoens Nannies on the go...

Preparations are well under way for the winter season for the Samoens nannies. The snow has been falling, lift passes have been ordered and nanny insurances and first aid certificates renewed but the most important part is preparing for the fun and games we will have with your children over the next few months.

We are keeping our eyes open and collecting all sorts of things to help your children have a holiday to remember. Books, toys, games, paint, glitter, glue and of course the ever-trusty yoghurt pots - the list goes on and on!

What’s your child’s favourite activity?
Emily nanny from Samoens

Sunday, 7 December 2014

St Anton Nanny Sam says....


I feel very fortunate to be spending my second winter with Merinannies back in the gorgeous town of St Anton, Austria. Where for 5 months I get to wake up surrounded by the beautiful white mountains and doing the job I love!! 
This place is obviously perfect for children, playing in the snow all day, playing in the parks, being in the fresh air! Not only are there a lot of activities to do outdoors but on those real cold days where maybe we can just play for an hour outside there is still so much to do! For example, baking cakes and cookies or taking a visit to the beautiful wellness centre where they have a brilliant children's pool, outdoor pool and little waterfalls that are great fun! There is always something to do in this town for the children and parents should feel at ease whilst they have a good day skiing and maybe a bit of après.
Also staying in such a small town run by locals you get to experience all the local traditions, especially over Christmas! Krampus is something that is so well known and kids love! All the locals get together dressed as 'scary' mountain goats and spend the day in the streets play chasing the children and in the evening there is a spectacular show where they all come together and there are lots of fire works and music played! When you arrive ask your nanny or chalet/hotel hosts what is on that week!
See you soon!



Friday, 21 November 2014

Off to ski with young children-Travel tips

 St Anton Nanny Daisy advises....

It can be a struggle keeping children entertained at the best of times let alone on a plane! There are the obvious gadgets, like ipads but books are always great & easy too. How about a book that includes skiing, snow or the mountain environment. Get them ready and excited for where they are about to be. They could also draw a picture of what they think the ski resort will look like & even draw their nanny & say her name. This may help them when they eventually meet their special nanny for the week. Last year, I found that sticker books were extremely popular with all children too. These may be useful on the plane!

Once in the resort it is up to us to keep them occupied while you enjoy the beautiful slopes. This year I am looking forward to trying a new activity – snow painting. It involves filling up bottles with water and food colouring and then spreading it all over the snow. Then we can create pretty pictures whilst also being outside in the great alpine atmosphere. There are so many lovely things to do in the mountains as well as the expected activities. If you are going to a resort where there is a swimming pool I advise parents to bring several swim nappies. Arm bands also, however I know the pool in St.Anton provides them. 

Tips for skiing holidays with children:
·         Always have water & snacks to hand.

·         Good fitting gloves, goggles & sunglasses. If you get the children to try these things on before they go away that can be extremely useful too.

·         Gloves that can be attached together or mittens. And WATERPROOF. There is nothing worse than cold hands.

·         Clothing layers, it goes from hot to cold and vice versa very quickly.

·         The one thing to pack extra would be nappies & baby wipes – they can be very expensive in resort.

·         Transfers can be long & windy – medication for travel sick children.

·         Entertainment for the journeys!



Monday, 18 August 2014

New vacancies 2014.15 in France

We are looking for committed professional nannies to join our enthusiastic team in the Alps this winter from December 2014 to April 2015.
We have now only two positions left in Megeve , see our resorts page for more info.
You will be sharing accommodation with one more nanny in the centre of Megeve and you will be looking after babies and children while the parents ski, apres ski or while out for an evening.
Our conditions are excellent and you can view nannies comments on our jobs page.

We are also looking for an admin person to help us with office work preferably UK based.

So, if you are looking for an exciting winter call us today or send your cv with photos and three references to us asap!
These positions will not stay for long!
0044 7860925055

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Skiing with the kids

Now is the best time to book your winter ski trip with the family to get some excellent deals.
Fantastic chalets, exclusive hotels and Alpine resorts to suit every taste and ability...young and even younger, everyone will have a good time.

Don't forget to book your nanny early, as always school holidays are very popular and get booked up.
We have some great January deals in all our resorts so give us a call to find out or send a booking request online.

Merinannies operate in Meribel, Courchevel, La Tania, Chamonix, Samoens, Megeve, La Clusaz, St Anton, Ischgl and more.

Popular family resorts and the best nannies in the Alps

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Spotlight on Meribel

The last few weeks have been full on with phone calls and of course great snow.
It is thrilling to receive so many calls from happy families with comments like....

"I just wanted to tell you that the nanny you provided this week has been outstanding....!"

" We have never had a nanny like this, she exceeded our expectations..!"

"For the third season your nannies has been fantastic...wherever we have been your childcare services have been brilliant ...we couldn't recommend Merinannies more highly!

At Merinannies we source only the best!

Friday, 21 February 2014

Sunny days and happy families

And the word goes around....
"Meet Katia....
Katia runs Merinannies which is the amazing nanny service I was telling you about. Not only do they provide excellent nannies in the high end ski resorts but many popular summer destinations too. I think they are a service all mothers should know about!" 

Meet our excellent nannies...

"Yet again a lovely nanny this year: very responsible and caring for our little baby and also great with the older children. She has a good feel for when they need activity and when they need some down time. A true professional and a pleasant person to have around; I was impressed how she handled the three of them together! At some point Daniel didn’t even want to go skiing because he wanted to stay with her..."

 "It is great to have such a reliable address for quality nannies; it enables us to enjoy skiing ourselves, because we know that our children are having a good time as well.
Best regards and I’ll be in touch next year!"                  

"She was everything we imagined a good nanny could be. Punctual, flexible and reliable which is always important, but also able to build rapport and trust for the kids. She exceeded our expectations in every way." 
3 Valleys, Chamonix, Samoens, Megeve, La Clusaz, St Anton, Ischgl, Davos and Greece


Saturday, 15 February 2014

Its holiday time!

Half term is perfect time to ski with the family but if you have not been lucky to get away, you still can!
There is plenty of excellent snow on every resort we cover in France and Austria , and we still have some nannies available in March and the Easter break.
Nannies have been busy with making and baking , arts and crafts and kids kept happy.

Now is also the time to plan your summer break, the daffodils are out and our minds start wandering off on emerald beaches...
Kids In Greece provide excellent childcare in the most beautiful Greek Islands, so check the site and give us a call.
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Monday, 10 February 2014


Merinannies was created in 2003 in Meribel by Katia Koumantou an early years specialist and  keen skier.
Been a mother of two young children she would only hit the slopes leaving her precious in safe and caring hands.
Since then, the creation of this private nanny service gave parents and children the care they deserve for an unforgettable winter holiday.
Merinannies consists of qualified nannies who are police and reference checked, first aided and many with speacial needs and multilingual skills too.
They cater for babies from 4 weeks to 14 years and they are flexible to the needs of each family offering part time or full time care.
They now cover many of the best ski resorts in the Alps where parents and grandparents alike can fully enjoy their winter holiday.
Apart from Meribel, Merinannies’ services are also offered in Chamonix, Courchevel, Davos, Megeve, Samoens/Flaine, St. Anton, Ischgl, La Clusaz, and Le Grand Bornand.
Their team is carefully selected for the genuine love and enthusiasm for childcare and their families return year after year.
This is what client companies say about the service:
If you’re a family coming to ski in the Alps and you have children, it could be difficult to keep them happy all the time and still make the most of what any resort has to offer. Luckily, Merinannies are here to provide an excellent first class childcare service that can be tailored to your specific requirements, so the young ones will be kept entertained and safe while you really challenge yourself on the slopes or enjoy the resort’s apres ski and activities. They have a large team of professional, qualified nannies who love spending time with children and can keep them happy with a range of activities, from snowman building outside to cooking and singing songs in the chalet. They’ve built up a reputation for having a warm and caring manner over the course of their 10 years’ experience in the industry, and you will immediately be put at ease when you meet them. They will look after kids from 4 weeks old to 14 years, and offer part time and full time care.

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Sunday, 9 February 2014

First class skiing with St Anton Classic

A refreshing change to tuition...

Last week I was very lucky to experience a day’s tuition by St Anton Classic ski school
This taster session was proved to be a true breakthrough on my technique.
My instructor was incredibly helpful, friendly and focused on helping me to be a better skier. Nothing was too much trouble, efficient and keen to tailor to my needs. Brilliant! I've been having lessons with many ski schools for years, but this time I felt that I have learnt something new.
Quality tuition makes a refreshing change and combined with a skilfully humorous delivery made the day a great success. Hope to get more out of this superb school and try their famous powder days without fear.
What makes the school different is their authenticity and long standing local expertise.
These guys know the mountain well and they can take you to the best snow conditions in the entire Arlberg area, quiet slopes and the best restaurant huts.
They teach adults or children and you can receive a one to one tuition or in a small family and friends group.
For more questions click on their link above or call me...
0044 7860925055

Friday, 7 February 2014

Love's in the air

The snow is falling in the Alps and the conditions are superb!
With half term and Valentines Day around the corner we get the need to express our love for craftwork with the children: Our nannies have been shopping for more glue, sequins, paints and glitter they are fully prepared to get messy and creative.

The BMW Megève Winter Golf Cup 2014 is coming to Megeve a great social opportunity to be surrounded by the beauty of Mont-d Arbois with the stunning view and superb restaurants will be an ideal day out for the family Golf du Mont-d'Arbois , Friday 14 February 2014.
The Ski Show in St Anton runs every Wednesday night from 8pm and Thursday night is an après-ski night not be missed.

Most of our weeks in March and April are now booked but we still have the occasional little gap in some of our smaller resorts.

Don't wait, this is the time to book for your Easter holiday with the family and your children will have the most memorable bunny surprise of all.

Happy Valentines from all our wonderful nannies and myself.


Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Happy families and the BEST service

 Thank you for being so flexible and ready to answer our needs, even at such short notice. Having a sitter for two days really made our skiing holiday much more enjoyable. I will definitely recommend your company’s services to any other friends or family needing care in Morillon. Thanks again and have a great rest of the ski season!!
Eleanor Duelley, Morrillon

We had a fantastic holiday and Emily was excellent; she was punctual, smiling, was very confident in dealing with two active toddlers and planned several activities a day for the boys. My sister and I both agreed that Emily was the best Alps based nanny we have had.
Rufus told us yesterday that the favourite part of the holiday was his time with Emily so you can’t really beat that for feedback!
I will definitely look to book Merinannies again if we are in Samoens next year. 
Thanks  Jane H

I just wanted to drop you a line to say that Eilidh was FANTASTIC. Noah loved her and I wanted to take her home with me.
Best wishes, Ticky
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Thursday, 23 January 2014

January is over and the snow superb!

January is almost over and half term is round the corner, snow conditions are superb now and most of our childcare places are full. This includes February half term but we still have available nannies for Easter in some of our ski resorts in France and Austria.

So don't delay, this will not last!

With activities planned for everyone to have fun, and feedback like this below, what else would a skiing parent want for a perfect family holiday !

     " I just wanted to drop you a line to say that Eilidh was FANTASTIC. Noah loved her and I wanted to take her home with me".
Best wishes, Ticky Courcehevel 1850 

Saturday, 18 January 2014

First class Nannies

We were really impressed with Sam and her easy going nature.  She engaged well with Teddy and he had a lovely week with her.  She was also very accommodating with regard to our wishes for meeting us in town on some days.  We would have no hesitation booking with Merinannies again and have already recommended the company to friends who are considering going skiing next year with twin babies.        
Thanks for all your help and I hope you have a fantastic remainder of the season!        

We have added more lovely nannies to our team in Meribel Courchevel so get in touch for a last minute offer!

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Megeve Nannies a success

We had a great holiday and were very happy with Sarah. She did a lovely job with Sam -she was calm and professional.
She was also extremely polite and punctual.
I would be very happy to use your company again.
Kitty Megeve 2014
We were very happy with Simone. The children really liked her and we would definitely consider booking with you next year.
We have already reserved a room at a hotel  in Megeve for next year over the new year week. I will be in touch.
Kind regards
Louise Megeve 2014
Natalie has been great! Leo and Mia loved spending time with her. She always had something for them to do, painting, play dough or games. Natalie is also a very happy person and easy to get along with.
She has my warmest recommendations.
Karin Megeve 2013 14
Thanks to more lovely nannies!

Monday, 6 January 2014


More happy families in Samoens with our childcare

"We had a wonderful holiday and a big part of that was down to Nicola and Sarah-they were both great with the children and so accommodating...for example, they were happy to bring all four children up the mountain to meet us for sledging and even kind enough to help us down with all of our things on the final day.
We would happily recommend either of them, and your company, to others in the future.
Many thanks for all of your help, and especially to Sarah for coming over to help at such short notice.
I hope the rest of the season goes well."
"You and Sarah did an excellent job this week. Nothing was too much or stressful for you both and you seemed to take it all in your stride. I would definitely recommend you and Sarah if anyone was looking for a nanny. Well done Mary Poppins!!! Lots of love and have a good ski season, hope you can get up the mountains yourself."
Sally xx SAMOENS

"We are over joyed with Nicola and her skills looking after the children.  Tobias has particularly taken to her and is very happy to go to her and reaches out for her when she arrives.  So we are extremely pleased!"
Jess SAMOENS        

Sunday, 5 January 2014


Last week was great fun in St Anton.

 Nannies, kids and parents had a fantastic time in the snow , the chalets , swimming pools, town strolls and of course après ski in its highest too (for the mummies and daddies)!!!

And this is what we heard:
"Katia, our nanny was excellent. She was always on time and flexible with meeting places and times. I feel that the whole booking process is very good and emails are replied to very promptly. I will recommend Merinannies to my friends and we will be using your services in the future.
Thanks again, "


Thursday, 2 January 2014

Fun in Samoens

When the sun was out Nicola and Sarah took the kids up in the gondola to play on the mountain, meet the parents and have lunch...then the mummies and daddies could carry on enjoying their skiing....

Followed by a train ride back to the chalet was a fabulous end of the day.
Who enjoyed their day!...
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