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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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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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Class of 2002 Reunion!

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Meet the class of 2002! Parents and children from the class of 2002 met up last week in the Abbey Tavern in Howth. They were the first children to attend Giraffe Childcare, our IFSC centre, and they have remained firm friends since then. So many special friendships have started in Giraffe and we want to […]

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Healthy eating for our children

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

As all parents know young children are always on the go and need a wide variety of foods for growth and health. The best way to ensure that your child is eating a balanced diet is to offer a wide range of different foods each day. Cereals, bread and potatoes -These foods are high in […]

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Physical Development in young children

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Physical development in young children relate to their gross motor skills (coordination and control of large muscles), fine motor skills (coordination and control over small muscles) and their vision and hearing. Physical development provides children with the abilities they need to explore and interact with the world around them. Wobblers are all about learning independence […]

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10 Amazing Foster Moms In Nature

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

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Animals that Stay Together Forever

Friday, February 14th, 2014

When it comes to long-term relationships, here are some animals who offer a few great examples of life-long romance.

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50 Unbelievable Facts About Chinese New Year

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

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50 Amazing Facts About the Moon

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

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Imaginative indoor play ideas for your little one

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

So it’s raining, your child is bored and you’ve exhausted your stock of DVDs for the foreseeable future. Here are some ideas for imaginative indoor play that won’t break the bank: Music Enjoying music is a wonderfully creative way to pass the time. Perhaps you have a piano or a guitar at home to use, […]

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