Our team


At Busy Fingers our staff members are dedicated to providing consistently high-quality childcare

I am Mary Burke, owner and founder of Busy Fingers. I want to tell you a bit about the team here.  First things first, you will want to know about our qualifications. Let me reassure you that all 28 Busy Fingers childcare staff members are qualified in education, first aid, manual handling and have a minimum of FETAC level 5 in childcare. They are fully Garda vetted.

My right-hand woman is Debbie Mannion. She has over 15 years’ experience in professional childcare and has been with me since I opened a small playgroup in 1999. By 2005, the demand was such that a bigger facility was required and Busy Fingers, as you see it today, was purpose-built to fulfil that demand.

“We wanted Busy Fingers to be a place we’d trust with our own children”

The ethos of that small playgroup lives on at Busy Fingers: we treat the children exactly as we’d want our children to be treated, and our children have all attended Busy Fingers and have thrived here. For more on our ethos, click here.

Here are just some great things about the team at Busy Fingers:

Continuous training and development

I am lucky that some of my staff are with me since I opened 15 years ago, but we don’t rely on 15-year old training. We constantly update our skills with continuous on-the-job and off-site training so that we maintain our high standards of care. We have a very low staff turnover with many of our staff still with us since I opened

Low staff turnover

The low staff turnover provides the children with stability and security. Because they see the same faces each time they arrive at Busy Fingers, a trusting relationship is built up with the children. They form strong attachments as babies that continue through their development into young adults.

Welcome with a smile

Our team greets the children to our crèche with a smile every day and engages them in conversation to make them feel welcome. Debbie and I greet parents and children at the door of Busy Fingers every morning and that way we get to know every child and every parent.

We have a great routine

We try to build routine into each child’s day with carefully planned programmes, rest times and meal times. This helps the children to feel emotionally safe and secure.

We play too

We actively play with the children by taking part in their play and activities. We listen to the children and reflect on ways to promote their interests and provide for their specific needs.