Welcoming children aged six months to three years, our Hatchlings Crèches help create a holiday that works for everyone, with personalised, professional childcare from a team of British NNEB-qualified 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 to 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.
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.
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.
|Morning session||Afternoon session||Evening session|
|Monday||9.30am – 1pm||2.00pm – 5.30pm||No session|
|Tuesday||No session||2.00pm – 5.30pm||7pm – 10.30pm|
|Wednesday||9.30am – 1pm||2.00pm – 5.30pm||No session|
|Thursday||9.30am – 1pm||No session||7pm – 10.30pm|
|Friday||9.30am – 1pm||2.00pm – 5.30pm||No session|
Because there are limited places available, we advise you to book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
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
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.
Subject to availability, early booking advised.
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.
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.
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.