Vail Resorts has announced that its North American resorts and retail stores will be closed for the 2019-20 winter ski season amidst the continued challenges associated with the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Childcare is no longer available for the 2019-20 winter ski season. The resort will be closed amidst the continued challenges associated with the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Childcare & Nursery

Let our professional care givers provide your kids with a great vacation while you enjoy your day skiing and relaxing.

From infants to big kids our three age groups are designed to meet the needs of each child. Each classroom is packed with toys and activities to entertain your child. We provide the care the attention and food. You provide diapers, bottles, specialty foods, and any comfort item your child may need. Operated by Vail Resorts, the Small World Play School meets or exceeds the standards set by the Colorado Department of Human Services for ski area child care facilities.

Infant room:  2 months – 15 months. 1:3 Ratio(max)
You provide us with your babies schedule, and we will do our very best to keep them on schedule, happy, safe and fed.  If for any reason we are having any problems with any of these we will promptly contact you to let you know.  Please provide diapers, bottles, formula, and jar or food packets.  For infants eating table foods food may be provided.

Toddler room:  16 months – 29 months 1:5 ratio (max)
Our fun colorful playroom packed with toys will keep your toddler stimulated and having fun throughout the day.  You can relax while your toddler plays, eats, naps, and meets new friends.   Please send, diapers, comfort items, and any specialty food.

Preschool room:  30 months – 6 years 1:8 Ratio (max)
Our Toy filled preschool room has been described by previous visitors as having a ridiculous amount of toys and fun.  Your kids will enjoy arts and crafts, circle time, outside play and gondola ride, lunch, snacks, Rest, nap(or movie time on our giant movie screen), and of course free play time with all of those toys.  Please send winter clothing, diapers, change of clothes, comfort items, and any special foods.

We are a NUT FREE facility

Winter 2019/2020 Hours & Pricing:
Open Daily from 8:30am - 4pm
Full Day: 8:30am - 4pm $179.00
Half Day: 8:30am - 12:30pm $144.00

All children must be dropped off by 11 a.m..

(970) 754-5325 All Cancellations must be made by calling us directly.

Activities are determined by day of the week and weather

Reservations are HIGHLY recommended, REQUIRED for 2 months - 17 months.


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Our Child Care Centers offer a fun environment where your child can play during your stay. Children are grouped according to age, as well as development. Our experienced staff will provide fun activities, projects and play options daily. Children are encouraged to participate but never forced.

Food & Naps
Our classrooms are peanut-free and all of our programs include lunches, snacks, and juice or milk for children over 12 months. Sippy cups are also provided by the center. If your child has any food allergies or dietary restrictions, please bring a nut-free lunch and snack for your child. For naptime, we provide blankets for the children as well as cots, cribs, or mats depending on the classroom.

Ratios and Age Groups:

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.

The Small World Nursery at Beaver Creek  accommodates children ages 2 months to 6 years old.  Our qualified staff members provide a program of appropriate and fun-filled activities and projects throughout the day.

Please note that outside playtime may vary depending on weather conditions and nap schedules. 

Program Rates & Hours:

Length: Child Care Times: Regular & Holiday Rates:
Full Day 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. $179.00*
Half Day 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  $144.00*

* This price is subject to availability. On-line reservations must be made a minimum of 48 hours in advance. Spaces are limited and reservations are highly recommended for all children.

Full Day

  • Hot lunch and two snacks provided for toddler and preschool
  • Water, milk and apple juice provided
  • Nap/Rest time, depending on age group
  • Outside time weather permitting (ages 30 months - 6 years)


  • Lunch and morning snack included
  • No nap

Contact Information:

(970) 754-5325

A full 24-hour cancellation or change notice is required prior to the first day of the reservation. Cancellations made within 24 hours will incur a $50 cancellation/processing fee. All cancellations made after 8:30AM 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 10:00AM.


Vail Resorts Childcare Illness Policy

The health and safety of our guests is first priority and we take this very seriously. Strong health and safety practices are the heart of our child programs. A key to preventing illness in a childcare setting is to form trusting relationships between parents and teachers around sharing important health information about your child’s condition when they are admitted.

If your child has fever, sore throat, diarrhea, or is nauseous or vomiting, they will not be accepted into care. If your child has recently been ill, they must be symptom-free, without the benefit of medications, for 24 hours at US properties and 48 hours at Whistler Blackcomb

Each child will be observed for common signs of illness at arrival and throughout the day. A child who is ill upon arrival to the facility will not be admitted. Parents or guardians will be notified to pick up their child immediately, if the child becomes ill during their stay.

A physician’s note stating a child is no longer contagious will be required when a child has healing lesions or other symptoms suggestive of communicable disease.

All children have assigned cubbies and hooks; nursery staff will label belongings as they are being used throughout the day. Guests are highly encouraged to label all belongings brought to the nursery in advance to expedite drop off and pick up processes.

What to bring:

  • Change of clothes
  • Diapers/Pull Ups
  • Wipes if specific kind needed
  • All outdoor snow gear (jackets, hats, gloves, snow pants, boots, etc)
  • Indoor shoes (optional)
  • Food if own preferred; all food must be completely NUT FREE, as we are a NUT FREE facility. Food containing or from a factory where nuts are used will be thrown away immediately, guests will not be reimbursed.
  • Comfort Items such as blankets, pacifiers, stuffed animals, etc. Parents should be aware that we are not responsible for broken or misplaced toys/items brought to playschool
  • Sippy cups (optional); we do provide sippy cups and cups with lids

Infant Room, parents MUST provide:

  • Bottles
  • Formula/Breast Milk
  • Baby food
  • Snacks
  • Diapers
  • Diaper rash ointment if necessary
  • TOPICAL teething medications if necessary
  • SWN staff will only administer TOPICAL medication, when DETAILED instructions are provided and approved by Manager or Supervisor.