Employee of the Year Awards 2016

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017


In December 2016, all of the Giraffe team members had the opportunity to vote for the Employee of the Year in their centre. The award recipients were announced at the individual centre Christmas Parties and they were presented with a gift voucher, as well as flowers and bubbly to celebrate their talent and dedication.

This voting is a joint decision between centre team members and management. Everyone is asked to consider the following criteria when nominating their centre’s Staff Member of the year:

  • Professionalism  – warmth, love and care for all the children
  • Parent partnership
  • Overall team player in the centre  (enthusiasm, commitment, & attendance)

We know it’s our people that make us great, so we make sure we recognise and reward our incredible talent!

Chefs of the Year

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. We invest in our employee teams’ professional development and career and many of our managers and leaders started out with Giraffe as newly-qualified practitioners.

Giraffe Employees of the Year!

Congratulations to all of the team members for your outstanding achievements:


Anna Maria Varga from Celbridge with Karina (Manager)


All smiles from Alexandra Mestre at Elm Park


Amanda (Manager) presenting Laura Villa Guzman her award at Central Park


Congrats to Jolene Dempsey from Park West!


Well done Patrice Canning from Griffeen

Stepaside EOY 2016 Laura Vannicola - Giraffe Childcare

Joanna (Manager) presenting the award to Laura in Stepaside!

Tara Boyle from Lucan

Tara Boyle from Lucan with Siobhan ( Deputy Manager)

Susana Garcia from NCI

Susana Garcia from NCI receives her award from Mirka (Manager)


Rachel O'Connell from Leopardstown

Rachel O’Connell from Leopardstown, jumping for joy!

Lidia Garcia from IFSC

Lidia Garcia from IFSC received her award from Santa himself!

Carmen Cruces Dosil from Harcourt Road

So proud! Carmen Cruces Dosil from Harcourt Road

Tara Rooney from Clonsilla

Congrats Tara Rooney from Clonsilla

Shannon Kelly Smith from Blanchardstown

Well done Shannon Kelly Smith from Blanchardstown

Denise McEvoy from Navan

Sharon (Manager) presenting Denise McEvoy with her award in Navan

Andreea Pioara from Northern Cross

Andreea Pioara from Northern Cross

Cynthia Conboy from Rathborne

Cynthia Conboy from Rathborne


Marta Sanz Vidal from Rathfarnham receives her award , the toddlers were so excited for her!

Liffey Valley

Rabiya Awan from Liffey Valley

Audrey in Adamstown

Audrey, our talented chef in Adamstown

Amy Quinn from Cherrywood

Amy Quinn from Cherrywood


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