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Our tried & tested Pancake Receipe

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Pancakes your Children will love! Pancake Tuesday is otherwise known as Shrove Tuesday, and is celebrated by many Christians around the world. Shove Tuesday is traditionally the day to use up all the rich ingredients – flour, milk and eggs before the fasting period of Lent starts. This year, Pancake Tuesday will be celebrated on Tuesday […]

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Pink Day @ Liffey Valley

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

The Carers and children at Childcare Liffey Valley held a special charity day in aid of A Princess called Emily.

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Employee of the Year Awards 2016

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

At Giraffe, we believe that through a commitment to our role as carers and educators me make a positive difference to the lives of families, a children, our community and each other.

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Making memories at Christmas in Giraffe

Friday, January 6th, 2017

From early December the boys and girls in all of our centres had a chance to experience many Christmas traditions and customs. Each and every one helped to decorate…

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Parent Developmental Evenings

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Learning to Learn Every Day All of our centres are currently hosting parent developmental evenings. The parent evenings are an excellent opportunity for parents to discuss these records with their child’s key carers, and to look at their child’s holistic development linked to the Aistear curriculum themes : Identity and Belonging Communication Exploring and Thinking Well Being. […]

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Healthy Ireland Smart Start Awards

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Congratulations! We are thrilled to announce that three of our Giraffe centres have recently been awarded the status of Healthy Ireland Smart Start centres! Congratulations to Giraffe Cherrywood, Giraffe Navan and Giraffe Liffey Valley on completing this initiative. All Giraffe centres are currently enrolled in the programme and expect to receive their awards over the coming […]

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Cheerios Childline Breakfast

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Every year in October, ISPCC Childline host a fundraising event called Cheerios Breakfast.  It is a fun charity breakfast which is hosted across the country to help support the ISPCC Childline services which answers calls from children in need across Ireland 24 hours a day. This year the event ran from 17 – 21st of […]

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A warming Autumn dish

Monday, November 7th, 2016

In Adamstown this week, Chef Audrey made one of the children’s favourite dinners: Shepherds pie. This hearty dish is featured as part of our Autumn menu this season and so far it’s going down a treat in the centres – There are never any left overs when our chefs prepare this warming dish! We use either lamb […]

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Witches, Goblins, and Ghosts – Oh my!

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Halloween is the time when scary skeletons, spooky ghosts and wicked witches roam the world. All of the Giraffe centres enjoyed the build up to Halloween last week, and the children and staff certainly got into the spirit of the festivities! The children were delighted to dress up for the whole day for their Halloween parties. For […]

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Let them Play!

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Giraffe Training Academy  – Wobbler Staff Workshop Giraffe Childcare’s Training Academy hosted a training day for 75 practitioners on Saturday with Lillian and Carol from Early Childhood Ireland, delivering a session on Facilitating Play Based Learning.  There were also a range of skills demonstrations modules delivered by some of Giraffe’s senior crèche managers to promote best practice in […]

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How to Carve a Pumpkin

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

The pumpkin is a type of squash vegetable and has become one of the most iconic symbols of Hallowe’en.Pumpkin carving wasn’t always an Irish tradition but it seems to grow every year. It is a great sensory activity for children with the added bonus of creating a Halloween decoration at the end. You can also […]

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Grandparents Day

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Celebrating Grandparents Day at Giraffe!

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Parent Night with Aoife Lee

Monday, September 19th, 2016

We recently held a special informational evening with our Parent Coach, Aoife Lee of Parent Support. The topic of the parent discussion was “Managing Change Together -Settling into Crèche, Moving Rooms and Preparation for School”. Our parents had provided feedback over the last few months on what they found were some of the more challenging aspects of parenting. […]

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Summer festival Fun at Giraffe

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Summer is festival time in Giraffe! The children look forward to the Summer Festivals every year, and every Giraffe Centre hosts different events through the summer months. This year, we saw Teddy Bear Picnics, Jungle Days, Magic Shows & Magicians, Beach days, Family BBQs and much much more! We have as many fun outdoor activities […]

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102 Giraffe Staff Members Take Part in Women’s Mini Marathon!

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Staff from each of our centres get together once a year to do a 10km mini marathon. This year a record number of our staff – 102 (!) signed up to take part in one of the biggest women’s sporting events of the year in Ireland – the VHI Dublin Women’s Mini Marathon. Our staff […]

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Staff Appreciation Month – Thanks a thousand!

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

“It takes a big heart to help shape growing minds”. (Anon) Every morning, the pitter-patter of tiny feet and the sound of joyful little voices resonate around the rooms at Giraffe Childcare. Every morning, the carers, chefs and staff teams welcome the children and families at their centre with energy and enthusiasm for the upcoming […]

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Erica’s Story

Monday, May 30th, 2016

In 2013, the staff at Giraffe Park West welcomed Erica to their toddler room. She was an energetic and friendly child who loved dressing up in her princess dress and holding tea parties! Erica was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2014, and has since had to spend a lot of time receiving special treatment at Crumlin Children’s […]

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National Workplace Wellbeing Day

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Supporting Wellbeing in the Workplace! April 8th was Ireland’s second National Workplace Wellbeing Day. Giraffe Childcare were proud to participate in this initiative to help improve employee health through promoting better nutrition and physical activity. Our teams came up creative fitness activities and focused on wellbeing throughout the day. Healthy Eating Initiatives On Friday morning, all of our […]

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Easter Fun at Giraffe

Friday, April 8th, 2016

We had a great time celebrating Easter in Giraffe. The centres did fabulous artwork to decorate their centres for Easter, they made wonderful Easter bonnets for an inter-centre competition, the children had Easter egg hunts and a special visitor turned up to make their hunt even more egg-citing! Easter Arts and Crafts In Park West […]

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Mother’s Day & National Pyjama Day

Monday, March 14th, 2016

We celebrate our wonderful Mums in Giraffe by holding a Mother’s Day Breakfast on the last Friday before Mother’s Day. The children help to decorate with lovely Mother’s Day themed arts and cards and gifts and the Mums are invited to have breakfast with us in the centres, or take one of our ‘breakfast to […]

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