Staff Appreciation Month – Thanks a thousand!
Wednesday, June 8th, 2016
“It takes a big heart to help shape growing minds”. (Anon)
Every morning, the pitter-patter of tiny feet and the sound of joyful little voices resonate around the rooms at Giraffe Childcare. Every morning, the carers, chefs and staff teams welcome the children and families at their centre with energy and enthusiasm for the upcoming day’s events.
Throughout the month of May, our staff appreciation month, we have been inundated with beautiful message saying “Thanks a Thousand” to Giraffe team members, for the wonderful work they do every day. We understand that as parents, it can be difficult to leave your child with someone else, so it’s reassuring to hear from other parents about the great experience that their children enjoy in Giraffe every day.
What started as a few messages quickly became an enormous collection of Thank You’s and wonderful appreciative messages.
Here are a few of the kind words from children and parents that were shared with Giraffe team members over the past few weeks:
“(My son) has received excellent care and developmental nurturing from everyone at crèche. Thank you all!” Nessa, Mum (Harcourt)
“I know you all work really hard every day ensuring Oscar and Sam are not only safe and healthy but happy, simulated and loved. It means so much to me to see Oscar run in to his room and hug his carer.” Orla, Mum (Rathborne)
“(Thank you ) to all the girls that mind me. xxx John” (Adamstown)
“I want to thank all the staff in Cherrywood you have helped Aaron on the way to becoming a confident little boy” – Fiona, Mum (Cherrywood)
“Thank you Lana – for the way my son talks about her everyday, in such a caring way, we are truly grateful.” Parent (Harcourt)
Because there have been so many notes and messages of appreciation, many Giraffe centres have made appreciation displays in their hallways. Please take a moment to stop and read about the incredible staff in your centre!
This month, we recognize those staff who have earned the Employee of the Quarter award, as well as some special Team member’s anniversaries!
A big THANK YOU to all our centre chefs who prepare deliciously nutritious meals and snacks for the children everyday, spending a lot of time and dedication making their sauces all from scratch!
Congratulations to all the Mums-to-be and Parents currently on parental leave with their babies.
A very special mention to Samantha in Celbridge, who helped raise money for the Irish Cancer Society and took part in this year’s Shave or Dye campaign!!
Here are just a few snapshots of what the Giraffe team members get up to during their busy days!
We believe that through a commitment to our role as carers and educators, we make a positive difference to the lives of families, a children, our community and each other. Our carers share a passion and depth of knowledge and wealth of experience in childcare. After receiving so many wonderful Thank You messages, we are so grateful for the continued support from every parent and child.
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