So, You’re Thinking About Booking a Family Holiday? Here’s What to Look for in a Kids Club
When it comes to planning the ‘perfect family holiday,’ we can have very different ideas of what that involves. For some families it’s about spending each day reconnecting and exploring together, whilst other parents look forward to some rest and recuperation while their children enjoy some freedom away from them, to make new friends and take part in activities in a safe environment. Some families aim to strike a balance between the two; enjoying periods of time together whilst also taking advantage of having a kids’ club on hand. Regardless of how little or long your children will spend at the kids’ club during your vacation is it imperative that both you and your children find a good one, so that you can all enjoy your stay. Sipping a cocktail beside the pool is no fun at all if you aren’t completely comfortable in the knowledge that your children are in safe hands and having a great time making new buddies.
So, how do you ensure that your destination offers a kids’ club with high standards and dedicated qualified staff?
“It is worth doing your research before you book your holiday,’ explains Angela Buccella, travel specialist from Travel Extra in Adelaide. “It’s important that kids are happy if parents are going to be able to relax and enjoy their down time too. Having personally experienced various Club Med resorts when my children were younger, I can honestly say it makes for the perfect family holiday. Find a good travel consultant who can advise you and draw on their own personal experience. They can provide you valuable information based on first-hand knowledge and experience.’
‘Family-friendly’ is a fairly generic term that encompasses a variety of standards. Whilst some resorts offer all-day kids clubs run by dedicated staff with fun activities and excellent facilities, other places have a kids’ club that only runs for a few hours a day, or just during school holidays. So be clear about what type of kids’ club suits your family’s needs and expectations.
These are the things that Angela advises parents should look for in a kids’ club:
Hours of operation
Check that the kids’ club offers care during hours that will suit your family. ‘Some resorts such as the hugely popular Club Med are open from approximately 8.30am to 8.30pm daily (may vary slightly from resort to resort), giving guests the flexibility to drop off or pick up their children according to their plans for the day.’
Age range they cater for
Make sure that the resort offers care for your child’s age group. Some only provide care for children over 4 years old for example, whilst others have diploma qualified staff to care for children from the age of 4 months and over.
At Club Med children aged 4 months to 17 years old are grouped with other guests of a similar age group.
- Baby Club Med:For children aged from 4 to 23 months. Baby Club Med focuses on senses and feelings, with engaging play areas and a staff ratio that ensures each baby receives special attention.
- Petite Club Med:For children aged 2 to 3 years. Petite Club Med focuses on discovery and socialising with activities such as face painting, pyjama parties, and puppet shows.
- Mini Club Med:For children aged 4 to 10. Mini Club Med focuses on energy and fun activities such as Club Med’s famous Circus School programme, arts and crafts and sports.
- Club Med Passworld and Junior’s Club Med:For older kids, aged 11 to 17. Club Med Passworld and Junior’s Club Med are dedicated teen spaces offering everything from creative activities to movie and disco nights, as well as sports and technical arts.
Age appropriate activities
Most resort websites give details about the activities they provide for different age groups, so it is well worth taking the time to do this. Some larger resorts offer a fantastic range of activities for children to get involved in.
What is the cost
Many resorts these days have Kid’s Clubs that come as part of your package. It is worth looking into whether the Kids Club is free for all age groups however. For example, Club Med’s Baby Club and Petite Club’s do come at an additional cost. However, it is important to note that this cost is offset by the fact that children under 4 stay free, and the additional cost enables Club Med to offer the same quality care you would expect at a child care facility at home.
‘Caring for our youngest clients requires particular attention and adherence to a strict safety criteria. Due to limited availability, to maintain a balanced staff-baby ratio and ensuring the highest level of care, Baby and Petite Clubs are at extra cost.’
Some things, we are sure you’ll agree, are simply worth paying extra for.
When you find the perfect kids club, you’ll be sure to know because your kids will be begging you to take them there every day, leaving you to enjoy some guilt-free rest and relaxation!
Happy holiday planning!
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