Our People


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Our carers are our best resource and share a passion and depth of knowledge and wealth experience in childcare. Nearly all our staff have dedicated childcare qualification and all participate in Giraffe’s ongoing professional development program led by experienced trainers and facilitators.

Each centre has a manager and a deputy manager, both of whom are supernumerary, which means that they’re not included in the child to carer ratio, and their role is to support our team and help them to deliver the very best childcare. 

In addition each centre also has (depending on it’s size), one or two supervisors whose role is to support our management team and to develop practice in our crèches.

There’s always a qualified first aider on hand at all our crèches at all times to deal with those every day bumps and scratches.

We’re really proud of our team and would love to show you around so that you get a sense of what we do at Giraffe.  Why not arrange a visit and see for yourself.

Our Crèche Managers

As a crèche manager, no day is ever the same!! You are always on the go, educating and caring for the children, making sure all the team is working together, meeting new parents, attending professional development training, and dealing with the daily demands of a busy centre.  The children make every day worthwhile as they are also so keen to share their news, call your name and give you a hug.

Our Area Support Team

The Area Support Managers each support seven crèches and visit them weekly, working closely with each crèche’s manager and team to deliver high quality childcare.

Our Cooks

Our cooks are very important members of the team, cooking delicious lunches, snacks and teas for all our children, as well as holding regular cooking sessions with the children.

HR Team

HR lead on our recruitment and retention of staff and work with local colleges to ensure that we recruit the very best talent from the childcare colleges.  They also provide support with practitioner inductions, review meetings and career path planning.

Maintenance

All our crèches and outdoor play areas are all well maintained and safe for our children and staff, keeping everything bright, fresh and clean.

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Dearbhala Cox Giffin

Director of Childcare


Dearbhala joined us in July 2014 and leads our Childcare and HR team. Dearbhala brings a rich and diverse set of skills with over twenty years experience of childcare and early years in the private sector, public and not for profit sectors.

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Nikki O'Hara

Head of Operations


As Head of Operations, Nikki manages staff development, staff retention and engagement and oversees our curriculum development program. An advanced childcare practitioner, Nikki joined Giraffe in 2004 and has a wealth of practical and professional experience with our team.

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Suzanne O'Leary

Area Support Manager


Suzanne joined us in 2002 as a practitioner, becoming a crèche manager in 2004 and has grown with us to become an area support manager since 2006. She is a specialist in care standards and regulatory requirements and a mum of three.

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Debbie Edge

Area Support Manager


Debbie joined Giraffe in 2005, and has been a manager at both our Liffey Valley and Clonsilla centres. After recently completing her Degree in Early Childhood Care and Education, Debbie has taken on the role of area support manager.  She has extensive experience in the sector and is passionate about childcare and working with the Centre mangers to deliver high quality childcare.

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Andrea Spillane

Area Support Manager


Andrea joined us in 2002 as a practitioner, became a crèche manager in 2006 and an area support managers in 2014. Andrea has extensive experience in the sector and is passionate about childcare and early education and loves to develop children’s creative skills. As a mum of a young boy herself, parent support and partnership are something Andrea really understands.

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Maeve Vaughan & Tom Cannon

HR Team


Working with the area support managers to ensure staff have access to all the supports they require.  HR lead our recruitment and retention of staff and work with local colleges to ensure that we recruit the very best talent from the childcare colleges.  They also provide support with practitioner inductions, review meetings and career path planning.

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Alan Swan

Maintenance Engineer


Alan ensures that all our crèches and outdoor play areas are all well maintained and safe for our children and staff. He works alongside Keith, who paints all the crèches regularly keeping everything bright, fresh and clean. The children all love Alan and sing ‘Bob the Builder’ whenever he visits the crèches!

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