Hatchlings Crèche

Welcoming children aged 6 months to three years, our Hatchlings Crèches help create a holiday that works for everyone, with personalised, professional childcare from a team of fully qualified British nannies.

 

Stay at Mousses (Lefkada) and Periyali (Zakynthos), and you’ll find our Hatchlings Crèches at the heart of the holiday experience, within a gathering of private villas and surrounded by lovely gardens. They’re run by a small, close-knit, friendly team and because we work to UK standards and ratios, we can deliver a truly personalised childcare service. In fact, before your holiday, we’ll ask you to complete a child registration form, so we know exactly how to make your little one feel at home.

  • Hatchlings Crèche caters for children of 6 months – 3 years.
  • First-class childcare from experienced, British NNEB-qualified nannies who love their work.
  • A choice of morning, afternoon and evening sessions to fit around your plans for the day.
  • Available at Periyali in Zakynthos and Mousses in Lefkada.
If your little Hatchling has an older sibling, Mousses and Periyali are also homes to our Turtles Club, for 4 to 10 year olds. Find out more

Nannies

Our childcare team undergoes a rigorous selection process with all the official UK checks. We only recruit English-speaking nannies who are CACHE L3 qualified or have the equivalent UK qualification. They must also demonstrate that they are dedicated to the welfare and happiness of your child.

Natasha Sholay, our Childcare and Activities Manager, explains more about our Simpson Crèche and Children’s Club offering, and why it’s so unique.

View video


Facilities

Our Hatchlings Crèche shares a Clubhouse with our Turtles Club, although they have their own room, designed for soft play with blankets, cushions and lots of sensory toys that are safe and age appropriate. There is also a separate nursery room where little ones can sleep safely, with regular checks by the nannies.

We also have an outdoor space with shade to give the children some fresh air, but time outside is sometimes limited due to the humidity and heat.

During their first few years, children develop at different rates and any activities we arrange are always age appropriate. These include ‘tummy time’ for babies to encourage mobility, as well as creative play and music and movement. For older children, finger painting, sticking and drawing are always popular.


Session times

  Morning session Afternoon session Evening session
Monday 9.30am – 1pm 1.30pm – 5pm No session
Tuesday No session 1.30pm – 5pm 7pm – 10.30pm
Wednesday 9.30am – 1pm 1.30pm – 5pm No session
Thursday 9.30am – 1pm No session 7pm – 10.30pm
Friday 9.30am – 1pm 1.30pm – 5pm No session
Saturday Closed
Sunday Arrival day

Because there are limited places available, we advise you to book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.


Costs and booking

We have two packages available per week: full days and half days (mornings or afternoons) and individual sessions are also available, but only bookable once in resort. All bookings are subject to availability.

Half-day all week
This includes either four morning sessions or four afternoon sessions, plus one evening session.

6 months to 2 years
£200 per child, per week
2 to 3 years
£175 per child, per week

Full-day all week
This includes four morning, four afternoon and two evening sessions.

6 months to 2 years
£315 per child, per week
2 to 3 years
£275 per child, per week

Individual sessions
Ad-hoc individual sessions for all ages, no supplements.

Full day: £65 per child
Half day: £45 per child
Evening: £35 per child

Although last-minute places are sometimes available and bookable on arrival, we strongly recommended booking in advance, when you book your holiday, to avoid disappointment. We’ll send you a registration pack with various forms that you’ll need to complete and return before your departure. These form part of your holiday booking conditions.

The information you send us about your child will need to include essentials such as medical conditions, allergies and dietary requirements, as well as sleep patterns and anything else we need to know. This will be sent to our team overseas before you arrive, so we can assess your child’s needs.

TO PRE-BOOK, PLEASE CALL US ON 020 8392 5858 AND SPEAK WITH ONE OF OUR TRAVEL SPECIALISTS.
Subject to availability, book early to avoid disappointment.

Food and drink

For babies, we ask that you provide your own pre-mixed baby formula in a bottle or give us the pre-measured dry formula with a pre-filled bottle of water to be mixed later, ensuring the correct ration of formula to water for your child. We can store them in the Clubhouse fridge. We are happy to feed your child for you, but you also have the option of picking them up early if you’d prefer.

Older children are offered low-sugar snacks during the day, including fresh fruit and plain biscuits. Water is always available.

If your child is with us for a full day, you’ll need to provide them with a packed lunch. To make life easy, you can order one from the Mousses or Periyali snack bar or restaurant to be delivered at the appropriate time.

Please let us know if your child has any food allergies when you register.


Children with special needs

We are more than happy to accommodate your child if we can. Please call us on 020 8392 5858 and we can discuss their specific needs.


Cancellations

If your child is unwell, they won’t be able to attend the Hatchlings Crèche due to the risk of infecting others. A doctor’s letter may be required. Regretfully, we are unable to offer refunds for missed sessions due to illness or any other reason.


Locations

Periyali Villas, Zakynthos

A collection of light, bright family-friendly villas, each with a small gated pool and a larger swimming pool to share; a sandy beach just a ten-minute walk away and a peaceful location on the Vassilikos Peninsula: these are family holidays the Periyali way.

Find out more

Mousses Villas, Lefkada

Alongside lush gardens, a large shared swimming pool and a separate children's pool, Mousses looks after parents as well as their offspring with spa treatments, its own taverna (including a villa delivery service) and a bar with an indulgent poolside service.

Find out more


Guest Testimonials

Quotes

  • "Our whole trip was excellent. I didn't believe that with a toddler we'd manage a relaxing holiday, but we did! The staff were excellent - approachable and friendly without being too in-your-face. I would thoroughly recommend the resort, and much of that is due to the staff and the attention to detail of the whole experience."

    Mrs Howles, Mousses Villas, 2017

  • "We thought the staff were amazing, the setting spectacular and the kids' club fabulous"

    Hunter Booth, Periyali Villas, 2017

  • "Mousses is the perfect resort for travelling with small children – I never knew it could be this simple on relaxing! They've thought of everything and the staff there make you feel like family. They cannot do enough for you and our daughter absolutely loved the crèche. The standard there was exceptional and I wouldn't hesitate to leave her with any of the nannies."

    Mrs Colvin, Mousses Villas, 2016

  • "Sim and the Crèche team were just incredible, couldn't be better"

    Louisa Mellor, Periyali Villas, 2017

  • "Simpson Travel really do understand what families with young children want and need from a holiday abroad and have certainly delivered this year. Mousses is a fantastic resort with first class staff. We loved it!"

    Simon Taylor, Mousses Villas, 2017