Giraffe Rathfarnham is housed in charming granite faced Victorian standalone building, which was originally the national school for Loreto Abbey Convent. It has large bright rooms with beautiful large windows where children can display their art work. Our crèche has a warm and inviting feel and welcomes children and families from the local community. It is set in a quiet residential area, near a beautiful pond with a noisy family of ducks in residence and the children often feed them bread! All the rooms are on the ground floor and have easy access to our lovely, secure outdoor play area which the children enjoy whatever the weather!
We create a homely feel in the centre where we offer boundless opportunities to learn through imaginative and creative play. We have 7 spacious rooms all brightly decorated and arranged to offer each child the chance to explore and investigate their environment, supporting their natural curiosity and love of learning. We offer a broad curriculum underpinned by Aistear and Siolta frameworks encouraging children to learn through play to become active learners.
There is ample parking/set down spaces to facilitate dropping off and collecting your child and we are open from 7.30am to 6.45pm all year round except for public holidays. We offer full and part-time sessions to babies and children up to 5 years and we deliver the free pre-school year (ECCE) to prepare your child for school. Why not visit us and see for yourself, call (01) 254 1367 and we’ll arrange a time that’s convenient for you.
Working with the Department of Youth and Children’s Affairs on the Better Start Quality Programme.
Supported by the South Dublin Childcare Committee and is also a member of Early Childhood Ireland.
In 2013 I joined Giraffe as a deputy manager before moving to Rathfarnham to become centre manager in 2015. I have completed a level 6 Diploma in Early Childhood learning, and I am passionate about childcare and early education. Along with the support of my team in Rathfarnham, we aim to deliver exceptional learning experiences for all the children.
Ph: (01) 254 1367
Valeria started crèche when she was 11 months old and thanks to the kindness and professionalism of the staff in giraffe, the transition was smooth for my daughter and myself. From day one they made me feel comfortable and secure that my daughter was very well looked after and this goes beyond the care, dedication and love they give her on a daily basis. It also includes the delicious and variety of nutritional food they give her to the way my daughter has developed thanks to the staff guidance. To date, my daughter is still full of smiles every day I drop her in giraffe which makes me and my husband happy and thankful parents.
Mother of Valeria - Giraffe Rathfarnham