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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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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

Mum’s are wonderful 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 […]

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33 And A Third Facts About St. Patrick’s Day

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Fun, educational and sometimes surprising, our 33 (and a Third!) Facts about St. Patrick’s Day infographic is bound to put a smile on your face for this St. Patrick’s Day

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Heuristic play within our setting

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

In Giraffe we believe play is a crucial part of any child’s development. Children play because they enjoy it, and its fun!  We try to make each child’s learning experience from day one in our setting as positive, fulfilled, and as imaginative as possible on a daily basis. We carry out many different activities daily […]

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Managing sleep during our working week

Monday, January 11th, 2016

For a parent or child, we all know what it feels like to get that full nights’ sleep, we are bright, well rested and full of energy and ready to take on the day, for our children they are content, full of beans and are ready for action! Often with young children, we can experience […]

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New Year, New Routine

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

As we wind down from the Christmas festivities, encouraging calm after the sugar rush, and as Santa returns to the North Pole, we begin to focus on the widely anticipated return to our normal day-to-day family life, whether that is back to work, school or crèche. Although we may have sustained some form of routine […]

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Going back to work after baby

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Preparing mum and baby for the world of work……… After we spend those first six months or more nurturing our tiny babies, it’s decision time for many parents as they have to consider their return to work and that very important decision of childcare. For many it can be a roller-coaster of emotions, some finding […]

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Preparing for Christmas with your child

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Each year, children of all ages eagerly anticipate the arrival of Christmas Day. The cultural and the commercial aspects of the holiday are marketed very effectively to children and it can be challenging for parents both to prepare for the build-up to Christmas and to manage their children’s excitement. Everything’s so commercial now, it’s easy […]

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Homemade playdough, a fun Christmas activity to do at home

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Making your own salt dough at home couldn’t be easier and it’s a fun activity for children of all ages. Recipe for salt dough 1 cup of salt 2 cups of plain flour (don’t use self-raising as it raises when cooked) 1 cup of lukewarm water Add food colouring or glitter for a festive look. […]

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Scientist Visits Celbridge for Science Week!

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

The lucky children in Preschool Kenya, Celbridge had a very special and interesting visitor last week during Science Week! David, one of our parents, is a scientist who collaborates with the Science Foundation Ireland and he took time out to visit us in Preschool Kenya. As our theme of the month is Space, we asked him if […]

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Baby and Toddler Play – A parent’s guide to heuristic play and treasure baskets

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Heuristic play and creating treasure baskets are a great way for babies and toddlers to learn about the world, writes our Director of Childcare, Dearbhala, in today’s Irish Independent. What is Heuristic Play? New mums often encounter the term Heuristic Play for the first time at a mother and toddlers group or when their child […]

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Pumpkin Muffins

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Here’s a great idea to make use of the pumpkin flesh after carving your pumpkin. These are a lovely treat for a Halloween party too. You will need: Pumpkin puree (from one large pumpkin) 250g Self Raising Flour 150g Caster Sugar 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp ginger 1/2 tsp all spice […]

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Step-by-step guide to Pumpkin carving

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Pumpkin carving can be a fun activity for you and your child to enjoy. Here we tell you how to do it safely, with your child’s help. At this time of year, pumpkins are easily sourced in most supermarkets and farmers’ markets. Choose a small to medium-sized sturdy pumpkin by knocking on the skin (as you would […]

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13 preschoolers | 2 teachers | 2 rugby coaches|1 bodhrán player and a whole lot of fun

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

The children and staff at Giraffe Leopardstown host a rugby day in honour and support of the Irish Rugby team. Our Giraffe Leopardstown pre-schoolers had so much fun showing their support by preparing rugby related artwork and learning ‘Irelands Call’ assisted by their teachers, Ciara O’Reilly and Ivonne Gonzalez. Our deputy manager, Roisin Byrne, accompanied […]

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Sweet Bread (Challah) Recipe for Rosh Hashanah

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Last week it was Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. To celebrate it with all our children relocated from Israel, we invited Maya’s mum Efrat to come today to bake a Challah with us at our centre in Celbridge. Challah is a special Jewish braided bread. The one made for Rosh Hashanah is made with […]

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It’s All in the Moment

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

Giraffe Training Academy had a wonderful training day on baby and infant care   Giraffe Childcare’s Training Academy hosted a training day for over 60 practitioners on Saturday with Lilian Joyce from Early Childhood Ireland, delivering a session on ‘’How Babies Learn, A Curriculum for Infants’’ and a follow-up session by Aoife Lee, parent coach […]

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Summertime Fun

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Summer is festival time in Giraffe! We have as many fun outdoor activities as possible during the summer months to make the most of the fresh air and sunshine! ☀️☀️☀️ Each centre has its own calendar of events from Family BBQs to Sports Days to Beach parties. We encourage the children to take an active part […]

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