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Thursday, November 10th, 2016
Giraffe Training Academy – Toddler Staff Workshop
Last Saturday, Giraffe Childcare’s Training Academy hosted a training day for 63 practitioners with Lillian and Carol from Early Childhood Ireland, delivering workshops on Facilitating Play Based Learning. Our senior crèche managers acted as our In-House workshop facilitators on the day, and covered a wide range of topics on Managing Children’s behaviour and best practice in care for the Toddler age group (typically 2-3 years of age).
The afternoon workshops focused on supporting communication and managing change; as children grow up and transition to new social groups ( from baby groups to Toddler age, from toddler to Preschool and on to big School) it is our role as carers to support them and their families through this change.
Some of our senior centre managers delivered skills demonstrations in small focus groups, covering topics like Children’s Health (presented by Elena, Sharon and Susan), Managing Transitions (presented by Leona & Jennifer) , Communication (presented by Caroline & Ciara), Key Carer Groups (presented by Rachel) as well as Winter Garden Activity Ideas (presented by Toma). The sessions were both interactive and interesting and the team all had an opportunity to be hands on!
It was great day and we all enjoyed refreshing and developing our skills. We have had some wonderful feedback from our practitioners and Giraffe Training Academy will host further workshops for all of our care groups.
A big thank you to our Centre managers, the central support team and all the practitioners who made the day such a success! and a particularly special Thank you to Chef Val from our Liffey Valley centre who kindly made wraps and sandwiches for our team lunch!
In recognition of their dedication, all of participants went home with a goodie bag of treats as a thank you for all their hard work.
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Monday, June 19th, 2017Read More
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Wednesday, May 24th, 2017Read More
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Wednesday, April 19th, 2017Read More
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Tuesday, April 4th, 2017Read More
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Monday, March 20th, 2017Read More
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Friday, March 10th, 2017Read More
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Wednesday, February 15th, 2017Read More
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Friday, January 20th, 2017Read More
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Wednesday, January 18th, 2017Read More
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Friday, January 6th, 2017Read More
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Friday, December 9th, 2016Read More
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
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Thursday, November 3rd, 2016Read More
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Thursday, October 20th, 2016Read More
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. […]
Monday, September 19th, 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
Staff from each of our centres get together once a year to do a 10km mini marathon. This year a record number of our staff – 102 (!) signed up to take part in one of the biggest women’s sporting events of the year in Ireland – the VHI Dublin Women’s Mini Marathon. Our staff […]
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Wednesday, June 8th, 2016Read 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
Father’s Day is a great chance to celebrate the Daddies and it is a lovely family day. We brought a real sense of that into the centres with many activities leading up to the day.The boys and girls in our crèches had a busy week leading up to Father’s Day preparing gifts and cards for their […]
Wednesday, July 1st, 2015Read More
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?”