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Supporting study through the COVID-19 pandemic

Supporting study through the COVID-19 pandemic

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Continuing to support new & current learners and client needs. During this current difficult time, this page provides a central source of information for our learners and clients on Selmar Institute of Education’s action plan for managing the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, now and in the months ahead. We are all certainly in […]

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FAQ Supporting learning during COVID-19

FAQ Supporting learning during COVID-19

How we’re currently supporting you with your learning journey – Frequently Asked Questions Can I continue with my studies? Yes. You’ll be able to continue the theory components of your course, just not the practical assessments. Your trainer will ensure you have access to everything you need to do your projects and quizzes. What happens […]

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The TOP 6 things you need to know about starting practical placement

The TOP 6 things you need to know about starting practical placement

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Practical placement is a hugely beneficial element of your early childhood course, which gives you the opportunity to apply what you have been learning in a real-life setting. With the guidance of early childhood professionals as well as your trainer, placement offers you the ability to gain new knowledge and skills within a workplace environment. […]

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Practical placement journal enhances hands-on learning

Practical placement journal enhances hands-on learning

Monday, February 24, 2020

Practical placement plays a crucial role in our early childhood education programs to ensure that learners gain relevant, real-life skills for an impactful career. Hence why we have created a placement journal which focuses on the essential skill of critical reflection. While practical placement involves a lot of hands-on training presenting an opportunity to develop a […]

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The power of music to help manage dementia

The power of music to help manage dementia

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Music has a universal effect on humans and has been reported to evoke the full range of emotions. For those living with dementia music could be integrated into care programs to bring back memories from their past and thus improve the quality of life. With almost half a million people in Australia living with dementia […]

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VIDEO: Supporting learners for success

VIDEO: Supporting learners for success

Thursday, January 30, 2020

The level of support and empathy provided to a learner are two key ingredients for a successful learning journey. Selmar’s dedicated, passionate trainers connect with student support and practical placement teams to take a holistic approach in supporting learners to ensure no-one is left behind – whether it’s training in early childhood education and care […]

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The TOP 9 qualities of the best personal care workers

The TOP 9 qualities of the best personal care workers

Monday, January 20, 2020

More than just a job, working as a personal care worker or personal care assistant in aged care means you fulfil the important role of enhancing the lives of those who are potentially vulnerable and in need of compassionate and empathetic care. In an industry that is growing and changing, with more support from the government […]

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NQS Rating: Practical strategies to improve your centre’s performance

NQS Rating: Practical strategies to improve your centre’s performance

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Achieving an NQS Rating of ‘Exceeding’ is the goal for most childcare centres when undergoing their assessment under the National Quality Framework. Your NQS Rating helps your centre to recognise that you are delivering a high standard of education and care. In addition, your NQS Rating can have an impact on your service’s occupancy, with […]

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Thrive as an early childhood educator with these 9 qualities

Thrive as an early childhood educator with these 9 qualities

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

There are many reasons to pursue a career in early childhood education and care. Careers in early childhood education can be rewarding, diverse and fun. The impact you have on young people can transform their lives and enrich yours, and the industry itself continues to grow and thrive too. Government legislation such as the National […]

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Learning outdoors: the benefits of bush kinder for children

Learning outdoors: the benefits of bush kinder for children

Monday, January 6, 2020

The damage to our natural environment from recent bushfires has demonstrated how vital it is to help the next generation grow into caring, compassionate individuals who love and wish to protect their natural environment. Bush kinder, inspired by the ‘forest schools’ of Denmark and Scandinavia has been doing just that. Doug Fargher, founder of Bush […]

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The benefits of plants for wellbeing in the workplace

The benefits of plants for wellbeing in the workplace

Monday, December 9, 2019

A focus on wellbeing in the workplace is vital for individuals working in care industries like childcare and aged and disability care, to be effective in their roles. Educators and carers need the support, tools and opportunities to foster wellbeing in themselves — and those in their care — for all to thrive. From exercise […]

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Eco-friendly Christmas activities for children

Eco-friendly Christmas activities for children

There’s no other time of year that has brings about the level of excitement in children that Christmas does, is there?! Coming up with fresh and fun Xmas activities each year can be tricky, so we’ve compiled a few that children will love — and so will the environment. Creating a healthy and happy future […]

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Christmas presence – Mindful Christmas activities in aged care

Christmas presence – Mindful Christmas activities in aged care

Monday, November 25, 2019

Reducing stress, lowering blood pressure, improving sleep, relieving pain — mindfulness can have a measurable positive impact on physical and mental health for young and old. More than just a buzzword, research has even shown that mindfulness in aged care could help to prevent dementia, slow its progress, reduce dementia-related stress and improve quality of […]

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Advance care planning: Choice and control over health and wellbeing

Advance care planning: Choice and control over health and wellbeing

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Linda Nolte is an aged care professional who started her career as a personal care worker. She is now the Program Director at Advance Care Planning Australia and is passionate about enabling individuals to have choice and control over medical directives at the end of their life.   In her talk at Catalyst’s aged care industry […]

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Building connections and promoting positive behaviour with children on the spectrum

Building connections and promoting positive behaviour with children on the spectrum

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Jess Sugarman trained as a trained Occupational Therapist. She started her career developing early intervention programs in early childhood centres for children between two and five years old who presented with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).   In her talk at Catalyst’s early childhood education and care industry roundtable, Jess addressed the strategies that can be used to best support children who present with ASD or other […]

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6 Essential tips for marketing a childcare centre

6 Essential tips for marketing a childcare centre

Build it and they will come? As great as that would be, creating a successful and thriving childcare centre does require some conscientious effort, especially when you’re in the earlier stages Working closely with many early learning services, we frequently see what works best when it comes to marketing an early learning centre and attracting […]

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Productivity enhancing tools for child care centres

Productivity enhancing tools for child care centres

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Tracking enrolments, attendance and fees, documenting children’s learning, staff development and effective hiring are vital when running a successful childcare service. Thankfully technology that has been developed, sometimes specifically for the child care industry, helps make the administration of early childhood more streamlined and efficient for everyone. In this article, we’ve flagged some great tools […]

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10 awesome reasons to work in child care

10 awesome reasons to work in child care

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Over the next decade, the Victorian Government is introducing funded three-year-old kindergarten. This means the creation of more than 4,000 new early childhood teacher roles and 2,000 new educator roles. This means lots of opportunity for those who would like to pursue a career in this important industry! We asked a group of inspiring and dedicated […]

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What is Skills First Funding and how do I access it?

What is Skills First Funding and how do I access it?

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

If you’re in Victoria and you’ve been researching your government-funded course options, or looking into what government funding is available to you for your aged care or early childhood education and care course, you have probably come across Skills First funding. The jargon can be confusing, so let’s do away with get clear on answers […]

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Are you ready to study child care?

Are you ready to study child care?

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Making the decision to study for the first time or to go back to study is not always straightforward. You may be going back and forth about the decision, or you may believe a career change is not within your reach. Having the confidence to see the potential of a change and your ability to […]

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Case study: Working with industry to improve lives

Case study: Working with industry to improve lives

Monday, September 16, 2019

Selmar Institute of Education teamed up with the Department of Jobs and Small Business, home care provider Calvary Community Care and Ternary a specialised recruiter in the health care sector to help deliver a quality workforce to Calvary and an opportunity for job seekers to find meaningful employment. Selmar created a 6-week refresher training program which was aligned to Calvary Community Care’s […]

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7 strategies for easing separation anxiety in children

7 strategies for easing separation anxiety in children

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Separation anxiety is a normal part of development for children and while it doesn’t affect all children, it is pretty common. So if you are working in childcare jobs it is likely that you will come across varying degrees of separation anxiety in children as young as babies through to primary school age. It’s important […]

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Dementia Action Week 2019 – Dementia doesn’t discriminate. Do you?

Dementia Action Week 2019 – Dementia doesn’t discriminate. Do you?

Monday, September 9, 2019

In 2019 there are over 447,000 Australians who are living with dementia. According to Dementia Australia, this figure is on the increase, with around 250 people adding to it each day. Dementia is also the second leading cause of death in Australia. Dementia Action Week takes place from September 16 to 22, 2019, timed to […]

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Introducing mindfulness to children

Introducing mindfulness to children

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

The first five years of life are fundamental to a child’s future. The most crucial period of rapid brain development takes place during these early years and lays the foundation for children’s health, happiness, growth and wellbeing. The first five years are also when a child will likely spend time in early childhood education services, […]

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Patient, kind, thoughtful, nurturing — Early Childhood Educators Day!

Patient, kind, thoughtful, nurturing — Early Childhood Educators Day!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Patient, kind, thoughtful, nurturing — these are just a few of the words that come to mind when thinking about early childhood educators and the incredible work they do each day. The first Wednesday of September each year is Early Childhood Educators Day, and there’s no better time to show the educators in your life […]

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Top 10 things to consider when choosing a training provider

Top 10 things to consider when choosing a training provider

Monday, August 26, 2019

If you’re in the process of choosing a trainer provider to get your qualifications and career on track, there are some essential things to look for to make sure you get it right. Chances are you have come across your chosen course at a variety of vocational education and training (VET) training providers, from TAFE […]

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How do you decide between studying at an RTO vs TAFE?

How do you decide between studying at an RTO vs TAFE?

Monday, August 19, 2019

Deciding where to study can be challenging, with seemingly many options to choose from to enrol in the same course. Certificates and Diplomas are delivered by a number of Vocational Education and Training (VET) institutions, but when making your decision, it’s good to understand the key differences between the available providers of VET. Why is Vocational […]

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The benefits of first aid training in aged care

The benefits of first aid training in aged care

Thursday, August 1, 2019

First aid training is an essential skill when every second counts. Providing yourself, or your team the skills to act quickly and effectively in an emergency situation, creates confidence. While it’s not mandatory for aged care workers to possess their first aid qualification, you or your staff’s first aid skills could make all the difference. It’s true […]

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First aid in child care – is your centre compliant?

First aid in child care – is your centre compliant?

To deliver the highest possible standard of care in early childhood education, first aid qualifications are vital. It’s not enough to have a first aid kit — knowing how to use it properly and administer potentially life-saving first aid is a must for safety in any industry. In the child care industry approved first aid […]

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TOP 7 reasons to work in child care

TOP 7 reasons to work in child care

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Wondering if a child care career is right for you? We’ve rounded up seven of the top reasons why working in child care is a great choice!   Excellent job prospects The child care industry is booming, with child care educators highly sought after across Australia. With the demand expected to continue to grow, a […]

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