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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  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 on, others may still be […]

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I Love My Job!

Friday, November 14th, 2014

I know I am here 7 years cooking for the children but I mean I should have been cooking for children years before as I just love it! And they appreciate it more than my own do!
Valerie Kavanagh is the cook for all our children in Giraffe Childcare Liffey Valley and it is obvious from talking to her that she just adores her job. She asks “how can it be called work when you enjoy it this much?”

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Halloween party food

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Planning a kids’ Halloween party and stuck for ideas? We’ve compiled a ghoulish list of terrifying treats to whip up a monstrous appetite. Granted, they’re not particularly nutritious, but they’re loads of fun to both make and eat! Bloodshot eyeballs

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We all say thanks to the teachers!

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Today we are smiling from ear to ear after receiving this very special letter to our Pre-school Liffey Valley teachers… so nice to hear, thank you Ewan x Thanks to Giraffe Childcare. My name is Ewan and I am nearly seven. I went to Giraffe Childcare. My favourite class was the Pre-school class. I loved […]

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Why Handwriting Helps You Learn

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Nowadays it’s less about putting pen to paper and more about turning on your laptop. But are we losing out by letting the art of penmanship die? Lots of evidence shows handwriting for kids stimulates the brain and offers benefits typing doesn’t. Our latest infographic looks at the benefits and more that come with learning […]

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The value of welcome days at Giraffe Childcare & Early Learning Centres.

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

It will soon be your child’s first welcome day to the world of créche. This next step will be a new journey for both you and your child, and will make you go through many different emotions. Your baby, whom you’ve been protecting since birth, will now enter into the r worlaeld. You as a […]

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Sleep routines for your baby

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Whether or not to use sleep routines for your baby is always a hot topic at mother-and-baby groups. Some believe wholeheartedly that your baby should lead her own development, much like on-demand breastfeeding, while others swear by enforced routines outlined by the many books available to buy on the subject.

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Dealing with nappy rash

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Some babies sail through to toddlerhood with barely a blemish on their bums; some babies seem to be permanently covered in angry red welts. Most babies encounter some degree of irritation, usually between the ages of nine and twelve months, so what can be done to soothe the tenderness and prevent further occurrences? Causes: Nappy […]

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Snack ideas for toddlers

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Toddlers need around 2-3 small meals and 2-3 healthy snacks each day to provide a variety of nutrients needed for healthy growth and development. Foods such as fruit, vegetables, cheese, yogurts, wholemeal bread and unsalted rice cakes are all suitable snacks for toddlers (1-3yrs). However, here are a few additional ideas to make snack time […]

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Making Room for Me Time

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

There’s no denying the fact that raising young children is all-consuming. Particularly if you’re a full-time mum or taking a career break to raise your brood, it’s tremendously important to reserve at least a small part of the week that is just for you. Otherwise it’s all too easy to lose your very essence under the mountains of laundry, nappies and crusting-over cereal bowls.
Ho-hum, you might say suspiciously, so exactly how is this possible? Well, the answer is that it depends completely on the ages and stages of your child or children.

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Our Educational Easter Timeline About Chocolate!

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Many of us treat ourselves to a nice bit of chocolate from time to time, but what goes into that bar or Easter egg? How were today’s popular chocolate inspired? Did you ever hear of a Chocolate Potato Cake? Would you be surprised if the Irish were involved in such a recipe?

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National Play Day 2014 – 6th July

Monday, July 7th, 2014

The aim of National Play Day is to help increase public awareness of the importance of play in supporting children’s physical and social development. The focus for National Play Day in 2014 is on ‘going out to play’ and a variety of projects have been funded that create opportunities for outdoor play at street, neighbourhood and community level. National Play Day provides the opportunity for Local Authorities to encourage children and their families to experience play in their own locality. (DCYA)

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Safe fun in the sun

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

So summer’s here, and the only predictable thing about the Irish weather is that it’s going to be … unpredictable. That said, there will undoubtedly be a few sunny days to go round, and many families will be jetting off on their summer holidays abroad, so how can we best keep our little ones safe in the sun?

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Teddy Bears Picnic in Griffeen, so cute!

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

If you go down to the woods today You’re sure of a big surprise If you go down to the woods today You’d better go in disguise. For every bear that ever there was Will gather there for certain, because Today’s the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic. Look at all these happy smiley […]

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Northern Cross Pre-school Graduation 2014

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Our class of 2013 – 2014 Northern Cross had a wonderful graduation, thank you to all involved for making it so special x  

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Giraffe Staff run in the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon for LauraLynn

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

We are delighted that 91 of our staff are running in the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon on Monday June 2nd! All money raised will go to LauraLynn – Ireland’s Children’s Hospice. Every penny helps as you can see from the donation outline below. If you would like to sponsor us… go to our My Charity […]

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Sile the hen came to visit Rathborne

Monday, May 12th, 2014

There was great excitement when Sile the hen came to visit the children at Rathborne! A big thank you to Ann, Katie Sheridans mum for bringing in Sile and teaching the children about the life cycle of a hen.  

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Create, Imagine, Play

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

While fun and engaging, contemporary drama classes help children develop important skills through improvisation, mime, story-telling and creative play. Children are increasingly drawn to more passive activities such as playing computer games and watching television. Both greatly influence a child’s development and it’s not uncommon for children to act as characters they see in games, […]

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