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Child Care & Nursery



Child care at Vail Mountain aligns to our Ski School program, which is closed during the 2014 summer.  We will not have availability with child care until the 2014/2015 ski season starts. 



Programs and Playrooms

*Please reserve in advance! There will be a premium charge of $15 for not booking in advance if space is available

Infant Room (2-15 months)
With a child-to-staff ratio of 3-to-1, your little treasure gets plenty of TLC. Parents must provide disposable diapers, food, and bottles for the day. Staff members are able to follow each child's daily schedule.

Toddler Room (16-29 months)
For your toddler, we offer enriching activities that build motor skills and encourage creativity.  A 5-to-1 child-to-staff ratio ensures personal attention for your budding artist or athlete. Naptime, outside time, a hot lunch, and two snacks are provided.

Preschool Room (30 months-6 years)
Socially and developmentally, preschoolers thrive in music, art, and outdoor play programs geared toward their emerging interests. The child-to-staff ratio is 8-to-1. Quiet time with a video, outside time, a hot lunch, and two snacks are provided.  

Small World Playschool is located at 498 Vail Valley Dr., Vail, CO 81657

What to Bring for All Ages

    • Snowsuit or ski pants and jackets
    • Eye Protection Waterproof mittens, hat and snow boots
    • Change of clothes 
    • Security Items – anything your child has a special attachment to, such as a pacifier or a blanket
    • Diapers (we provide wipes)
    • Specialty foods (formula, infant food, or special dietary needs). PEANUTS/NUTS OR PRODUCTS WITH PEANUTS/NUTS ARE NOT ALLOWED DUE TO ALLERGIES.
    • All programs include snacks and lunch with juice and/or milk
    • Sippy cups and bibs are also provided

The Small World Nursery has converted to a water filtering system. The filter meets and exceeds the same standards as the bottled water that we have used in the past. If you prefer your child has bottled water, feel free to bring it with you, we have plenty of refrigerators and storage available.

Cancellation & Change Policy

A full 48-hour cancellation or change notice is required prior to the first day of the reservation. Cancellations made within 48 hours will incur a $50 cancellation/processing fee. All cancellations made after 8:30 a.m. same day of reservation, in addition to any NO CALL/NO SHOWS will be charged one full day and remainder of the reservation may be cancelled. Your reservation holds your child’s space until 10:00 a.m.

Illness Policy

If your child had a fever, diarrhea, or vomited in the past 24 hours prior to your reservation start date they may not attend the nursery.


  • The child does not feel well enough to participate comfortably in usual activities (such as; extreme signs of tiredness, unexplained irritability or persistent crying).
  • The child requires more care than program staff is able to provide, without effecting the health and safety of the other children.
  • The illness is on the list of symptoms or illnesss which exlusion is recommended (posted in nursery lobby).

Micro Mice Ski and Snowboard Program

The Micro Mice Program is offered daily between 9:30am and 11:30am. Available to kids ages 20 months and older participating in the full-day program at Golden Peak. This is a 30-minute real skiing and snowboarding experience that focuses on games that teach balance and beginning technique. Low student-teacher ratio optimizes learning and fun. 

There is no need to reserve a spot, at time of drop-off inform the front desk staff if you would like your child to participate. Instructing is done on a first come first serve basis, arriving by 9am is highly recommended if you would like your child to participate. Due to inclement weather we may have to cancel the lesson and will reschedule if possible. Ask us about it!


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