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Changes to the Government Childcare Funding!

Thursday, July 9th, 2020

With effect from 24 August 2020, all childcare subsidy schemes are being moved onto the National Childcare Scheme (NCS), except for the ECCE preschool scheme. Depending on your child’s date of birth you will need to register your child for the following subsidy schemes : Date of Birth of Child Childcare Scheme Link to Register […]

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Inclusion is so important at all ages

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

Our children in Giraffe Stepaside have been very busy learning Lamh, sign language as part of our inclusion programme. As part of this learning the children learned to sign Perfect Love by Ed Sheeran. Watch the video and see what an amazing job they all did – we are so proud of them.

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Delicious Spring Vegetable Pasta Bake

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

This delicious spring time dinner is a quick and easy dinner for all to enjoy. It is a great way to introduce lots of yummy vegetables. We hope you enjoy this as much as all the children do at our centres. Ingredients: penne pasta, cauliflower, peppers, onions, celery, garlic cloves, ground & fresh coriander, ground […]

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Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia in China

Friday, January 31st, 2020

At Giraffe, safeguarding the health and well-being of our children and staff is our priority. In light of the current outbreak of the novel coronavirus pneumonia in China, we have put together some information, all of which is based on HSE advice. Currently there are no confirmed cases in Ireland and that the public health […]

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Defibrilliators Installed in Each of our Centres

Friday, September 13th, 2019

We have installed automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in our 21 centres across Dublin, Meath and Kildare. This is part of our commitment to safeguard children, staff, parents and visitors in the event of a cardiac arrest. The installations were part of a wider campaign that has seen Busy Bees and Giraffe Childcare fit more than […]

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Halloween 2018

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

We love Halloween in Giraffe! The children and staff alike love decorating the centres and dressing up and really getting into the spirit of the spooky season! Each centre held a Halloween party and the children were delighted to dress up and see their carers dress up! For some of the younger children,  it was […]

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Wobbler Care Seminar 2018

Monday, June 18th, 2018

Wobbler care Seminar – Giraffe Training Academy   Giraffe Childcare’s Training Academy hosted a training day in May 2018 for 60 of our childcare practitioners with a focus on interactions with children in the Wobbler age group –  1 to 2 year olds. It was very educational day,  and we all enjoyed sharing ideas on curriculum […]

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Team Giraffe @ Dublin Mini Marathon

Friday, June 8th, 2018

For the past 4 years, team members from our Giraffe centres have taken part in the Dublin VHI Mini Marathon on the June Bank holiday weekend. 81 of our Giraffe team members took part in the race this year. This year’s event was held on Sunday instead of on the Monday – and we were all very grateful […]

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Baby Care Workshop – May 2018

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Last Saturday, Giraffe Childcare’s Training Academy hosted a training day for 40 baby group carers. Our senior crèche managers acted as our in-House workshop facilitators on the day, and the group broke up into smaller workshops for the afternoon. The topics ranged from preparing the learning environment for young infants, to curriculum planning and effective communication. A […]

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Wellbeing Week @ Giraffe

Friday, April 20th, 2018

Our wellbeing week was full of activities running across all of our centres, including the LunchtimeMile, healthy eating and wellbeing initiatives.

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Easter Fun @ Giraffe

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

All of our centres were full of creativity and inspiration last week leading up to the festivities of Easter. The centres took part in our annual Easter project where they were all provided with an Easter pack of art supplies to allow the children explore and express their own creativity. As part of our Reach […]

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St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations 2018

Friday, March 23rd, 2018

Lá fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh go Léir! ☘️ Celebrating our national day makes us all feel proud to be Irish, and it allows the children to gain a better understanding of Irish culture and traditions (Aistear themes, Identity & Belonging).St. Patrick’s Day is an exciting time for all children! In the run up to the day, […]

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Spring has Sprung!

Friday, March 16th, 2018

While the seasons are slowly changing from winter to spring, and the days continue to get a little bit brighter, the children in Giraffe have enjoyed a wide range of spring time activities. Below are just some of the wonderful events that have taken place over the last few weeks in our centres: Pyjama Day […]

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Fabulous February

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

February has been an exciting month in Giraffe! With so many wonderful ‘early spring’ activities taking place over the past few weeks, we want to share some of the magical photos with you here. Fun in the Snow! Some of our centres enjoyed playing outside in the snow on a couple of occasions this month. The […]

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November Developmental Evenings

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

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 : ·         Exploring and Thinking ·         Well Being ·        […]

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Children’s Favourite Christmas books

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Chances are your little ones have been asking about Christmas since the beginning of October now, so why not indulge their excitement and snuggle up together for an especially festive story time? Here are Giraffe’s top five picks for some memorable seasonal tales to get you all in the mood. What your children’s favourite Christmas […]

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Halloween @ Giraffe

Monday, November 6th, 2017

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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Giraffe Training Academy – Preschool carers Seminar

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

A team Workshop focusing on the Preschool learning environment.

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A History of Halloween Costumes

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Starting way back in the 8th century, dressing up and playing tricks is a Halloween tradition!

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Easy Ideas for Halloween Costumes

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Halloween is just around the corner and it’s time to prepare! Whether you’re invited to a party, you’re planning on going trick or treating, or whether you’ll just be hanging out at home, kids just love to dress up for this special occasion. Here are some ideas for easy homemade costumes that won’t break the […]

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