Career options with Giraffe in early childhood education & care

“Discover a role where every day is a new opportunity to make a difference in little lives”

At Giraffe, our people are passionate about delivering early years education that empowers and inspires children to create their own futures.

We are Ireland’s largest and leading Early Years provider with a clear vision: to give children the best start in life. We can only achieve this through our amazing team of dedicated and enthusiastic people who deliver this vision every day.

Although our creches are all purpose-built and state of the art, we pride ourselves on creating a fun, family feel community within our centres for our staff. We value all our staff in our Giraffe family and believe passionately that our Early Years Educators and support teams make an incredible difference to families and communities, and that they deserve to be supported and rewarded every day.

We believe in empowering childcare students and their journey to become qualified Child Care Practitioners, so, if you have just started a QQI course and are looking for work placement get in contact today. We can’t wait to welcome you into the Giraffe family!

Why Work Giraffe

We celebrate the diversity and potential of all our people. They are central to our vision of giving children the best start in life. And…

• Amazing learning and development opportunities to support a growing career or to be the very best you can be in your current role

• Career advancement opportunities and the ability to create your own pathway

• Employee Assistance Program that gives you access to confidential support and assistance

• Flexibility to work around your life commitments

• Opportunities to work globally through our talent exchange programme

• Recognition and rewards to say thank you for a job well done

• A company-wide commitment to employee wellbeing and a culture of giving back. Our annual “Love Your Team Week” is just one example of where we enjoy spoiling our teams

Learning and Development

We’re not only passionate about unleashing the potential of children, but also of everyone who works at Giraffe. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to be the very best version of themselves.

Whatever stage you are in your career, whether you’re just starting out, looking to progress to the next level or have leadership aspirations, joining Giraffe can enable this. Career paths at Giraffe are underpinned by exceptional Early Years learning and development opportunities and superb in-house and external training.

Many of our students who attend our centres for work placement will join our team and develop a long career with Giraffe. We have always invested in our team’s career development, and we are proud that many of our managers and leadership team members started their careers with Giraffe as newly qualified practitioners or through our work placement program. 

As a testament to the love of what we do, we have been consistently voted Best Crèche, five years in a row by our parents and staff. 

As well as Early Years Educators, we are also recruiting Centre Managers, Deputy Managers and Supervisors as well as Chefs, support Chefs and Housekeepers. Our Central Support Centre houses our central functions such as finance, recruitment and marketing, and these support functions are growing too.

Get in contact today and speak to one of our friendly recruitment team members who will be happy to answer any questions you may have, as well as let you know why Giraffe is the best place to work in the childcare sector.

Who is Giraffe Childcare?

Giraffe Childcare first opened its doors in its IFSC crèche in 2001 and today has 21 childcare centres, with two new and beautiful centres opening soon, in Shackleton and Rathgar. 

Our centres are based across Dublin, Meath and Kildare and employ over 600 childcare team members, serving many families every year. 

As we are proud partners with Busy Bees, our scale means Giraffe can offer team members professional development and international opportunities that smaller organizations may not be able to offer. Busy Bees are the U.K.’s leading provider of childcare and have centres in Singapore, Malaysia, Canada, and Australia. 


With a career in Giraffe Childcare, you gain access to our Busy Bees Global Community. So, if you have ever thought about the possibility of exploring a new country, immersing yourself in a new culture and meeting people from all over the world, Giraffe Childcare can assist you in bringing your career international. 

In Giraffe, we understand our people are the heart of why we are Ireland’s leader in childcare providers, and we believe in supporting and investing in everyone our team members. 

We offer support and training to our careers and empower them to take a lead in the curriculum and welcome their ideas, to create a fun learning program for the children. 

We believe that matching great people to the right roles, ultimately, creates the best outcome.

Working with us goes far beyond just having a job. If you are looking to be recognised for the passion and love you have for your industry, why not get rewarded, recognised for your talent, and build on your career whilst having fun within our Giraffe family. 

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