When we say we’re family-friendly, we really mean it. That’s why free childcare for 2-12-year-olds in BIG Country has been a top priority for us for as long as we can remember. Here’s how BIG Country works for you and yours…
Booking direct with us and staying for two nights or more? Good news – you get two hours of FREE daily childcare sessions for 2-12-year-olds. Wanting to add on more sessions? Our sessions are available at the reduced rate of just £10 including our 7pm-9pm sessions
Staying one night and booked direct? No problem, two hour BIG Country sessions are available with a 50% discount meaning you can book sessions for the wee ones for just £10
Booked through a third party (like Booking.com etc)? BIG Country sessions are available to book at £20 per two-hour session
8am – 10.00am
BRIDGE from 10am – 10.30am (cost per child: £5)*
10.30am – 12.30pm
1.30pm – 3.30pm
BRIDGE from 3.30pm – 4pm (cost per child: £5)*
4pm – 6pm
Evening session: 7pm – 9pm (cost per child: £10.00 and available only in school holidays)
Good to know
All our team are fully qualified and registered with relevant governing bodies and all undergo Disclosure Scotland checks
We’re in high demand so best book in advance online here
Best to arrive 15 minutes before the session start time
Skip the wait by filling out our consent form in advance. Just print off and fill in your details to hand in at BIG Country Reception on the day.
Got kids of different ages? For safety, we split kids into different age groups due to varying ratios of staff members to children set out by the Childcare Commission. We also offer group activities based on age groups and interests. If you have children of different ages, they will still be able to play with each other.
We’re currently closed in line with government guidance.
Designed with our littlest guests in mind (under 3 years), Little Country allows imaginations to run wild – be a builder, be a chef, be a policeman. With plenty of space to run wild and lots to keep everyone entertained, it’s a must visit for our youngest guests.
It’s open daily from 9am until 5pm – just pop in with your littlest ones when it suits you.
Yes, Big Country has re-opened and we cannot wait to welcome your wee ones back! Due to current restrictions, we’ve reduced spaces and times slots available. Each child can book into one session per day, bridging sessions are currently unavailable.
So, what are the session times?
Session 1: 8.00 – 10.00am
BRIDGE from 10.00am – 10.30am (cost per child: £5)*
Session2: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Session3: 1.30 – 3.30pm
BRIDGE from 3.30pm – 4pm (cost per child: £5)*
Session 4: 4.00 – 6.00pm
Evening session: 7.00 – 9.00pm (cost per child: £10.00) only available in peak season
*Bridge sessions need to be booked in conjunction with a session. They can be used to join two sessions together or can be used as additional time for one session.
What is a BIG Country bridge?
A bridge is a 30 minute session which can be used with one full two hour session. It can also join two sessions together which means you can access 4.5 hours of childcare. A bridge session cannot be used over lunch time (12:30pm – 1:30pm).
A bridge is £5 per child (covers the cost of providing a snack and a drink for your kids).
Why are we being charged for bridges and the evening session?
Partly because we’ve noticed changing demands – you’ve told us you’d like more things for families to do together in the evening and we’ve listened. And partly because we didn’t want to do away with the session altogether, as other hotels have done. Both of these options come at no small cost to us as a business.
Therefore, the small charges allow us to reinvest in both BIG Country and other areas such as our entertainment program. Plus, the £5 cost for a bridge goes towards providing a snack and a drink for your kids.
Why no lunchtime bridge?
This one is simple enough – our BIG Country team need a break and something to eat too!
When are peak / off peak times?
Peak times include every day within the school holidays (which means both the Scottish school holiday period and the school holiday periods south of the border) and weekends (that means Friday – Sunday afternoon).
Off peak is everything in between!
What's the cost?
Booking direct with us and staying for two nights or more? Good news – you get two hours of FREE daily childcare sessions for 2-12 year olds. Wanting to add on more sessions? Our sessions are available at the reduced rate of just £10 including our 7pm-9pm sessions
Staying one night and booked direct? No problem, two hour Big Country sessions are available with a 50% discount meaning you can book sessions for the wee ones for just £10
Booked through a third party (like Booking.com)? BIG Country sessions are available to book at £20 per two hour session