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Finding a sitter for little ones who aren't ready to hit the slopes isn't always easy on vacation. Sierra-at-Tahoe alleviates this problem by offering Sierra-at-Tahoe Child Care Center (aka Wild Mountain Daycare). Sierra has proudly been providing quality care for our guests children since 1994, here in our licensed facility (CA License #093600514) located right at the base of the mountain.
The Daycare is now proud to offer 3 different experiences to choose from to keep your child safely entertained during your visit here at Sierra-at-Tahoe!
Professional childcare is available for up to 22 children ages 18-months to entry into 1st grade. Don't worry about your child being potty-trained, at the Sierra-at-Tahoe Child Care Center they don't need to be.
Our Daycare Only Program (does not include ski or snowboard lessons) will be available 8:30am - 3:30pm.
Our NEW “Cubbie” Program is twofold and is for 3-year-old children who are ready for an introduction to either skiing or snowboarding. The cubbies will spend 2+ hours of the day outside playing and being introduced to the beginning elements of either skiing or snowboarding. They will then return to the daycare where they will spend the remainder of their day participating in fun activities.
While at the Daycare, children will participate in a variety of fun and stimulating preschool activities. Children will stay busy exploring art projects and construction toys, plus music, dance, and story activities. Young children will love our outside activities too, including adventure walks, snow paint, lots of toys and tons of fun snow play. After lunch, the children will be given the opportunity to rest or take a nap if needed during our quiet time.
Lunch & Snacks
Parents don’t need to worry about meals either. At the Childcare Center, all of the cubbies and daycare children will be provided yummy and healthy; kid-favorite lunches and morning and afternoon snacks.
Daily itinerary + Helpful Information
8:30am Day Care Opens
On Weekends and Holidays, Daycare opens at 8:00am Parents with reservations can come right into Daycare!
Save time by printing out and completing the 5 required registration forms below ahead of time will save you a lot of time when you arrive to check your child in. Don't forget to bring them with you.
- Registration Form
- Liability Release Form
- Child Admission Form
- Notification of Parent's Rights
- Child Personal Rights
If you would like to register your child for Daycare or your 3-year-old into one of our Cubbies Programs as a walk-in, please visit the Children’s Ski & Ride School Building at Wild Mountain and talk to one of our friendly cashiers to learn about your options.
9:15am Registration Closes
8:30 – 9:45am Free-Choice Play
Children participate in a variety of fun and engaging activities. Children will have the opportunity to explore art materials, building blocks, dramatic play, sensory play, music and literacy activities, and small manipulative toys.
9:30am The Cubbies are Measured and Weighed for Their Equipment
10:00am Snack Time
Healthy snacks served include gluten free cereal, fresh fruit, applesauce, graham crackers and milk or 100% apple or grape juice.
10:15am Cubbies Boot Fitting + Indoor Lesson Getting Familiar with Their Equipment
Children enrolled as a Cubbie will be fitted for boots and will then participate in a fun indoor lesson with their instructor. While playing games to help them get comfortable walking in their boots, the children will also be taught about their skis or snowboard, as well as learn about terminology their instructor might use in that day’s lesson and how to respond.
10:30 – 11:00am Planned Daycare Activity
Daycare children participate in a teacher planned activity. These include art projects, sensory, fun with food, music and movement and much more.
10:30 – 11:00am Cubbies Head Outside for Fun Snow Play
Cubbies head outside for some fun snow play and introduction to Skiing and Snowboarding
11:15 – 12:15pm Outside Play Time for Daycare Kids (Depending on weather and children’s temperament)
Children participate in a variety of snow experiences. Children may take an adventure snow walk, ride a sled, or take a ride on the Magic Carpet. Children can also play with our fun snow toys, including buckets, shovels, trucks, animals, paint, and parachute fun.
12:15pm Children from All Day Daycare Return Inside
12:20pm Lunch Time
Yummy lunches provided by Mamas Kitchen, including kid favorites such as Spaghetti with Meatballs, Lasagna, Macaroni and Cheese and Chicken Tenders. All lunches are served with fresh or canned fruit and milk.
12:30pm – 1:00pm Cubbies in Morning Lessons Return Inside for Lunch and Rest Time
12:45pm – 2:00pm Rest and Relaxation Time
After a busy morning, young children will relax during story time and have a comfortable place to take a nap. Don’t worry though, if your child doesn’t like naps, we provide a quiet area for him/her to listen to music and read books.
12:45pm - 2:45pm Cubbies in Afternoon Lessons go Outside to Ski or Ride.
Cubbies enrolled in pm classes head outside for some fun snow play and introduction to skiing and snowboarding.
2:00pm – 3:00pm Daycare Playtime
When children are done resting, they will experience more indoor or outdoor games and activities.
2:45pm - Cubbies Outside Return Inside for Snack Time
3:00pm - Snack Time
As children transition from rest or play time to pick-up time, they can participate in music, dance, and story time, as well as snack time, including 100% juice and animal crackers, pretzels or goldfish.
3:30pm - Pick Up Time
All children will be picked up inside the Daycare. Teachers and the Cubbies instructors will be available to share stories about their day.
3:46pm – Considered late pick and late fee(s) will apply – See link to “ Important Daycare Policy Information ” for Fee amounts and details.
In case we need to contact you, Daycare staff will use the contact numbers you provided during registration. Cell Phones have limited coverage at our resort; please check your messages throughout the day.
Parents are encouraged to check-in on their Daycare children throughout the day, especially if they are new to a Daycare setting. Parents should check-in with the Children’s Ski and Ride School sales staff at the front of the building before entering the Daycare.
Please also periodically check the message boards located at the base of the lifts and in the base area. If your child's name appears here, contact us as soon as possible .
FOR THE SAFETY OF YOUR CHILD, PARENTS MUST REMAIN ON THE PREMISES.
Allergies or Medication
Please be sure to inform us if your child has any food allergies or dietary requirements.
Allergic children are welcome to bring their own lunch to be stored by the staff.
Our staff is not authorized to administer medication to children, (including sunscreen).
Clothing Required – PLEASE LABEL EVERYTHING
Children should arrive prepared with clothing for both indoor and outdoor activities, including: waterproof pants and jacket, waterproof boots, warm socks, mittens, a hat, goggles/sunglasses and sun block, (already applied).
We recommend that you pack a change of clothes for young children. For those who take naps, feel free to bring your child’s favorite blanket or snuggly to comfort them.
Children are not required to be potty trained to enroll in our Daycare or Cubbie program. Please bring diapers and wipes for young children, and extra underwear for those who are potty training.
We don't issue refunds due to weather, when children are unwilling to participate or if they become ill after being in our care.
Important Policies – Please click to review Important Daycare Policy Information regarding Late Pickup; Sick Child; Requirements for enrollment; and Child/ Staff Ratios .
Parents... Remember that a good night's sleep, a hearty breakfast and plenty of fluids will help keep your child energized, enthusiastic and active.
Reservations are required during the week and highly recommended on weekends and peak days. We are a California licensed day care and on many days we do sell out. For reservations or more information please call 530.543.3150. Reservations are held until 9:15 a.m.
Good things for parents to know
- Children are not required to be potty-trained.
- Bring diapers and wipes for toddlers.
- Bring a change of clothes for young children.
- Bring outdoor snow boots, waterproof jacket and pants, gloves, a hat and goggles and/or sunglasses.
- Apply sunscreen to your child.
- Dress child appropriately for weather.
- Be sure your child eats a good breakfast.
- To help protect our children with severe nut allergies - We do not serve peanuts or nuts in this facility, and ask that our guests refrain from bringing any into the facility.
- Please label all personal belongings. Wild Mountain Day Care is not responsible for lost or stolen belongings.
- Adult Lesson Packages and lift tickets can be purchased at Wild Mountain Children's Center.
Save time by printing out and completing the Day Care Registration Forms below. Then present completed forms upon arrival to expedite admission of your child into Day Care.
2020/21 Peak Dates
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