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QUIZ: Should I Work in Aged Care?

QUIZ: Should I Work in Aged Care?

Thursday, January 18, 2018

If you are reading this blog, you must have asked yourself ‘Should I work in aged care’ at least once in your life. The aged population is at its highest level in human history. What this means is that due to a higher life expectancy, there will be more and more people requiring aged care […]

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5 tips to help you choose a course (when you don’t know what you want to do)

5 tips to help you choose a course (when you don’t know what you want to do)

Perhaps you’ve just finished school or returned from a gap year, or maybe you’re thinking of a career change. Either way, there are many times in life when we’re not sure what we want to do. When you’re trying to choose a course, that lack of direction doesn’t make it any easier! If you’re ready […]

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Taking the next steps: getting enrolled in your course

Taking the next steps: getting enrolled in your course

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

You’ve worked out what you want to do, the career direction that you’re after. You’ve even determined which course is right for you. But what’s next? The answer: figuring out how to enrol in your course. There are three main things to consider when looking into how to enrol. Check the requirements Make sure you […]

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QUIZ: Should I Work in Child Care?

QUIZ: Should I Work in Child Care?

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Figuring out what you want to do after school can be both terrifying and overwhelming, especially with so many different options out there. If you’ve been thinking about a career in child care, there are a number of different opportunities that move beyond working in a child care centre. You can be an Au Pair […]

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Find a job with no experience

Find a job with no experience

Friday, January 12, 2018

We’ve all been caught in the dilemma of trying to find a job with no experience under your belt. The job ads ask for on the job experience, but how can you get that experience when no one will give you a go without it? It seems impossible! Thankfully we have discovered the key to […]

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Start your own family day care service: here’s how

Start your own family day care service: here’s how

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

There are many perks you get when you start a family day care — flexible hours, less stress, rewarding work. Take a look at many more benefits of being a family day care educator here. Many people, particularly parents, are looking for employment options where they can have the flexibility to earn money around their […]

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The must-know ins and outs of running a family day care

The must-know ins and outs of running a family day care

Starting a family day care service is an exciting venture that can bring you plenty of success, flexibility and fulfilment. You do need to get to know the rules and regulations to follow when starting a family day care, so let’s take a look. Providing a safe space for your family day care service The […]

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What is family day care (and why you might start your own)

What is family day care (and why you might start your own)

Monday, January 8, 2018

Living expenses have increased a lot over the years, yet wages have not. To make ends meet and provide for their families, or to continue with a career they love, many mums and dads are both at work. This has lead to higher demand for child care services throughout Australia, including newer options like family […]

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New Year, new career for 2018

New Year, new career for 2018

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

As we farewell 2017 and say a big ‘hello’ to 2018, it’s only natural that we reflect on the year that was — and start making our plans for the year to come. Could the end of the year be the beginning of a new career for you? New Year’s resolution: start a new career […]

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A merry inclusive Christmas

A merry inclusive Christmas

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. With images of Santa Claus, elves and his reindeer filling shopping centres, homes and child care centres alike, it is an exciting time for children. Celebrating Christmas in your child care centre can be a fun and educational experience, but it is important to be mindful that […]

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Benefits of time spent between children and the elderly

Benefits of time spent between children and the elderly

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Children and the elderly don’t seem like they would be the best of friends, but research suggests that encouraging intergenerational hang outs can provide many benefits for young and old. With vastly different energy levels and interests, and oldest and youngest among us seem as though they wouldn’t have much fun, but an Australian study […]

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5 ways animals benefit the elderly

5 ways animals benefit the elderly

Friday, December 1, 2017

Only a couple of years ago, pets were not permitted in aged care facilities. Nowadays, pets are often allowed. In fact, they are encouraged in many aged care facilities. While pets are not for everyone, it has now been found that animals benefit the elderly. The presence of pets, such as dogs and cats, can […]

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Keeping the elderly safe in summer

Keeping the elderly safe in summer

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Did you know that over 500 people die from heat stress in Australia every year? Older individuals are particularly vulnerable to the heat, making caring for the elderly in summer an important job. According to Australia Medical Association of Queensland Council of General Practice chair Richard Kidd, more people are killed from heat stress each […]

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Exploring the five senses with children

Exploring the five senses with children

Thursday, November 16, 2017

A challenge of working in child care is discovering ways to engage children while also enhancing their development. Exploring the five senses with children in child care can open up your mind to many activities with the confidence that you are contributing to their development. The five senses are an excellent way for children to […]

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Finding jobs in Australia

Finding jobs in Australia

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Spending time finding jobs in Australia can feel like a full time job in itself. While there are plenty of jobs out there, when you don’t have qualifications, options can feel limited. You might have been looking at retail jobs without any luck — probably because according to Australian Bureau of Statistics data, there are […]

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Your guide to starting work placement

Your guide to starting work placement

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Starting work placement can be scary. New people, new environment and putting your new skills and know-how to the test. To make it easier and help you start work placement with confidence, we’ve compiled a handy guide with tips to get you prepped. Know where you’re going: Do a trial run to get to your […]

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My body, my rules! Children’s rights in child care.

My body, my rules! Children’s rights in child care.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Just like adults rights, children’s rights in child care are equally important. This includes children’s rights to ownership and control of their own bodies. They should feel safe and respected and understand that when it comes to their bodies, they have control of who can touch them. As child care providers, you play a vital […]

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Going green in child care

Going green in child care

Friday, October 27, 2017

It may not be a life skill as much, but taking care of planet earth is incredibly important for children’s futures. Learning how to do the right thing by the environment is something that we can teach children from a young age, so why not start going green in child care? Encouraging environmentally friendly habits […]

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7 artistic activities for sensory play in child care

7 artistic activities for sensory play in child care

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

7 artistic activities for sensory play in child care As a childcare worker, you want to do your very best to enhance your children’s development. A great way to achieve this is by incorporating sensory play into your daily activities. Sensory play has an integral role in children’s development by enabling them to explore the […]

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Five fun ways to help children think outside the box!

Five fun ways to help children think outside the box!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Helping children think outside the box is one of the most important roles of the child care environment. Lucky there are so many ways to engage and excite young minds while having fun. To help children think outside the box, we’ve got five approaches to share with you. Try these and you will be opening up […]

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Top 5 strategies to improve your mental health

Top 5 strategies to improve your mental health

Thursday, September 28, 2017

When you’re focused on excelling in your career, it’s easy to forget about your own mental health and wellbeing. If you are working in the aged care or child care industries, chances are you are passionate about caring for others. You need to remember that in order to care for others well, you must care […]

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Things NOT to say in your next job interview

Things NOT to say in your next job interview

Thursday, September 7, 2017

After the great success of our first blog giving 10 tips on how to write a resume that gets results, we were asked by our students what they should say or do that would get them results at a job interview too! There are many things you can say right at an interview. What’s more […]

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Pharmaceutical and Prescription Drug Addiction

Pharmaceutical and Prescription Drug Addiction

Monday, September 4, 2017

We hear a lot about drug epidemics in the news, but taking a look at the facts reveals a number of surprising revelations. Pharmaceutical and prescription drug addiction is on the rise. Arguably in recent times, there has been a focus on the abuse of crystalline methamphetamine, better known as ice. According to a survey […]

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Caring for younger individuals living in aged care facilities

Caring for younger individuals living in aged care facilities

Friday, September 1, 2017

Working in aged care, you expect to work with older Australians. What you might be less prepared for are the younger individuals requiring care due to living with a disability. A Senate inquiry in 2015 found that upward of 7,000 individuals under the age of 65 with physical and intellectual disabilities are living in aged […]

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Staying Healthy: Spotting and preventing gastro

Staying Healthy: Spotting and preventing gastro

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Working in childcare means you’ll more than likely come across children who are unwell from time to time, but a little knowledge can go a long way. Learn how to identify an illness and find out the right steps to take care of the child – and how to prevent germs from spreading. What is […]

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Understanding dementia as an aged care worker

Understanding dementia as an aged care worker

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Dementia – as an aged care worker you are likely to come across individuals living with it, but how much do you know about it? Dementia is often associated with confusion and frustration, including for the families of those impacted, though there’s still quite a bit of misconception around what it actually is.   What […]

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Laetisha Scanlan chooses child care career for work/life balance

Laetisha Scanlan chooses child care career for work/life balance

Thursday, August 24, 2017

It’s a common career misconception that you must pick one industry and stick to it. Forever. It’s simply not true. In this day and age, you can try working in many industries – some may suit certain stages of your life better than others. You might even choose to commit yourself to more than one […]

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Identify and Manage Allergy Symptoms in Children

Identify and Manage Allergy Symptoms in Children

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

As a child care worker, chances are you will have one or more children in your care who live with an allergy. The allergy may be to a range of different and common allergens, including: foods such as peanuts, cow’s milk, soy, seafood, and eggs dust animals like cats, dogs, horses or rabbits insects pollen […]

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Top 10 Films about Ageing

Top 10 Films about Ageing

Monday, August 14, 2017

Ageing is a fact of life, but until it happens to you it can be difficult to fully understand what it’s like. Can you imagine yourself in 10 years? 20? What about 40 years from now? What about your partner or family members? To gain some insight into the experience of ageing, aged care workers […]

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Arthritis And Your Role As A Carer

Arthritis And Your Role As A Carer

Sunday, August 13, 2017

  Anyone working in aged care will almost certainly have encountered someone living with arthritis. Whilst not strictly contained to older generations, this joint-affecting condition is often seen in aged care. There are over 100 types of arthritis, though the most common forms include osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.   What is arthritis? Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder impacting […]

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