Parent Night with Aoife Lee
Monday, September 19th, 2016
We recently held a special informational evening with our Parent Coach, Aoife Lee of Parent Support. The topic of the parent discussion was “Managing Change Together -Settling into Crèche, Moving Rooms and Preparation for School”.
Our parents had provided feedback over the last few months on what they found were some of the more challenging aspects of parenting. These areas included:
- How to build relationships with our babies & children
- Childhood development – setting reasonable expectations for our children
- Supporting a child settling into creche, moving rooms & preparing for school.
Dearbhala, our Director of Childcare, welcomed Aoife and the large group of parents to the event at our Leopardstown centre.
In her talk, Aoife covered some important topics based on what the foundations of positive parenting.
Some tips included:
- Help your children feel calm & reassured
- Acknowledge your child’s feelings
- Be confident in their ability to cope
- Encourage positivity during room transition
- Create open communication between you & key worker/childcare staff
A special thank you our Chef Connie who prepared some delicious snacks for the hungry parents who came straight from work!
Aoife is a mother of two children under the age of seven, she is an accredited parent and life coach and is founder of Parent Support. She facilitates parenting groups & talks in child care settings as well as providing staff training and private consultations with professionals in the child care field and for parents in their own home.
Every year in October, ISPCC Childline host a fundraising event called Cheerios Breakfast. It is a fun charity breakfast which is hosted across the country to help support the ISPCC Childline services which answers calls from children in need across Ireland 24 hours a day. This year the event ran from 17 – 21st of […]
Thursday, November 10th, 2016Read More
What is Heuristic Play?
Thursday, November 3rd, 2016Read More
Giraffe Training Academy – Wobbler Staff Workshop Giraffe Childcare’s Training Academy hosted a training day for 75 practitioners on Saturday with Lillian and Carol from Early Childhood Ireland, delivering a session on Facilitating Play Based Learning. There were also a range of skills demonstrations modules delivered by some of Giraffe’s senior crèche managers to promote best practice in […]
Thursday, October 20th, 2016Read More
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 […]
Monday, August 29th, 2016Read More
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 […]
Monday, January 11th, 2016Read More
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 […]
Wednesday, October 14th, 2015Read More
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 […]
Sunday, August 30th, 2015Read More
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 […]