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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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Halloween Fun at Giraffe!

Friday, November 6th, 2015

There was great excitement in the week leading up to Halloween throughout our centres. The children and staff got involved in preparing artwork and decorating the centres and everyone got into the spirit and the fun of the celebration. In Giraffe Milltown there was a very spooky room!   Clonsilla had a very weird and […]

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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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Father’s Day – Happy Daddies and Happy Little Ones!

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Father’s Day is a great chance to celebrate the Daddies and it is a lovely family day. We brought a real sense of that into the centres with many activities leading up to the day.The boys and girls in our crèches had a busy week leading up to Father’s Day preparing gifts and cards for their […]

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Giraffe Team take part in Mini Marathon

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

The training was over, the rain gear was on and the laces were tied… From time to time staff from all our centres get together to do something as a team.

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After School

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Selected Giraffe Childcare settings provide an additional after school childcare service.

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Mother’s Day Breakfasts – Flowers, Cakes and Happy Smiles

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Mother’s Day takes on a whole new meaning when you have children yourself; any cynicism about made-up, commercial occasions is displaced, once you get that first homemade card or toddler-produced breakfast in bed. Even if said toddler usually eats most of it! So it’s not surprising to see such happy smiles in our gorgeous series […]

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St. Patrick’s Day at Giraffe Childcare

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

There was huge excitement at all our centres in the run up to St. Patrick’s Day – some children worked on green-themed crafts, some watched and learned Irish-dancing, and some even took part in their local parades. As you’ll see from the gorgeous collection of photos below, the! common theme was colour, creativity and celebration! As […]

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Flowers for Mum!

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Giraffe Childcare know how very special all Mums are. This Mother’s Day we would like to treat your Mum to a bouquet of flowers! Mad Flowers will deliver a bouquet to three lucky Mums in time for Mother’s Day on Sunday March 15th. To be in with a chance to win, simply share how wonderful […]

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The A to Z of Getting Fit with Your Children

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

If you’re a parent, then you know it’s a constant challenge to balance keeping the kids both healthy and entertained at the same time! That’s why we at Giraffe Childcare have come up with a clever, informative and adorable infographic, titled The A-Z of Getting Fit with Your Children. From Football to Yoga, Playgrounds to […]

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Win a Family Hotel Break!

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

It’s that time of the year when we all could do with a night away in a luxury hotel. Here at Giraffe childcare we have teamed up with the 4 Star Castleknock Hotel & Country club to treat you and your family to a luxury night away!

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Baby Sleeping Tips for Parents

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Baby Sleeping Tips for Parents By Parent Coach Aoife Lee We all need sleep, whether you are a grown adult or a tiny new-born baby. More often than not parents sleeping comes naturally whereas for babies & children it takes time, consistency and perseverance. Although some babies maybe sleeping through the night from 3 months […]

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Breastfeeding Tips

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Some helpful tips on breastfeeding by Mum Expert Caroline Shiels The birth of your new baby is such an exciting time, after months of waiting you are finally getting to meet your special little one. Being a mum with all its demands and caring for a small baby is a great achievement however you choose […]

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9 Awesome Santas From Around The World

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Christmas is just around the corner as many of us start putting up the tinsel and finalising our festive plans. It might seem like mayhem for us – but imagine the logistical nightmare December is for Santa Claus. Who’s been naughty, who’s been nice? How to get around the world all in one night?! Here’s our […]

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