All of our people are devoted to children and are committed to providing the best childcare possible. We operate a safer recruitment policy which insures that all our team meet the very highest standards of suitability and dedication. All staff members are Garda vetted and written references are verified prior to engagement.
Our management protocols guarantee that all new team members receive training and oversight and ensure they meet with our standards, vision and ethos. All our team participate in ongoing training and our policies and procedures are reviewed annually in line with evolving standards of best practice.
Each crèche has a manager and a deputy manager, both of which are supernumerary, that is they are not included in the ratios, in order to support the crèche, to lead and role model practice. In addition each centre also has a supervisor or maybe two, who are experienced staff members who support both the management team and develop practice in our crèches. We always have a qualified first aider onsite at all times to deal with those every day bumps and scratches.
Every crèche also has a dedicated cleaner who ensures that our crèches are kept sparkling clean and ready for the children each day.
We know it’s our people that make us great, so we make sure we reward and recognise our teams. When we choose our staff we are looking for staff that are passionate about childcare and go that extra mile. We run an induction programme to ensure all staff learn about the Giraffe approach, know all our policies and procedures an and are ready to nurture, love and care for all the children. We match new recruits to their own area of interest, be it younger children, preschool or Montessori. New recruits choose us because we offer opportunity for progression.
Our supervisors, deputies and managers are usually promoted from within and have grown with us to become confident leaders. We place importance on staff engagement as it’s hugely important that our staff feel valued and rewarded. All our staff have access to regular ongoing training so that their skills and qualifications are up to date. We hold regular team meetings so that our teams work smoothly together and have a shared approach. We believe that our team approach works best.