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How much early childhood educators earn (and how to become one)

How much early childhood educators earn (and how to become one)

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The role of early childhood educator, also known as child care worker, is a valued role in communities. With the responsibility of caring for children to give them the best start, plus enabling parents to go back to work, a child care career is incredibly fulfilling. So what is the child care salary you can […]

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Facts about the new child care subsidy

Facts about the new child care subsidy

Monday, February 19, 2018

As of July 2, 2018 the existing Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate subsidy scheme will be replaced by the single payment Child Care Subsidy across Australia. As with anything new, many rumors have been circulated about what is wrong and right with the new Child Care Subsidy package. To help you understand it, […]

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The new child care package for approved child care providers

The new child care package for approved child care providers

Sunday, February 18, 2018

If you deliver child care to the youngest members of your local community, chances are the latest changes to the child care package will have an impact on the services you provide (…check some facts here if you are a parent) Let’s take a look at some of the things you should know as a […]

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How much aged care workers earn (and how to become one)

How much aged care workers earn (and how to become one)

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Aged care work is rewarding, challenging and a great career path for many. But how much is an aged care salary? And how can you go about getting into the industry? Aged care is a sector that is growing rapidly in Australia, and with the high demand for quality aged care workers to care for […]

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Get to know the new child care subsidy package

Get to know the new child care subsidy package

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Parents and child care providers, get ready to say farewell to the current government assistance as we welcome a new child care subsidy package in July 2018. Working parents will have more access to subsidised child care and therefore have more support in returning to work after having children. Meanwhile, high-quality child care providers will […]

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SunSmart child care centre recommendations

SunSmart child care centre recommendations

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Working in child care settings we spend our time caring for children and their health and wellbeing. At this time of year it becomes especially important to be a SunSmart child care provider. Of course, working in child care you are in a busy environment with many children to care for, so you need a […]

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Sun safety tips to protect babies, toddlers and children

Sun safety tips to protect babies, toddlers and children

Monday, February 5, 2018

Summer makes you think of carefree fun in the sun. While it is an enjoyable time of year it’s also important to stay safe in the sun. If you work with young children, these sun safety tips can help you protect their sensitive skin. Australia is renowned for its hot summers, and Melbourne summer is […]

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Protect children from the sun — here’s why it’s vital

Protect children from the sun — here’s why it’s vital

Sunday, February 4, 2018

As adults we are all aware that we need to be safe in the sun. It’s also our responsibility to protect children from the sun. The hot sun and bronzed skin are synonymous with Australia, but protecting ourselves from the sun is vital for our health and the health of the children in our care. […]

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Four steps to get professional development for child care centre

Four steps to get professional development for child care centre

Thursday, February 1, 2018

You want your child care centre to flourish, grow and be the best it can be. To do that you need the best professional development for child care centre you are working for. Your business outcomes are dependent on having a highly trained workforce. That’s why when you’re researching training options, you should adopt an […]

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The goals of the Safe Schools Program

The goals of the Safe Schools Program

Monday, January 29, 2018

Working in child care you have probably heard some talk about what is going to be involved with the Safe Schools Program as it rolls out into primary and secondary schools. So why was it developed and what does it aim to do? With so many young people suffering from mental health conditions as a […]

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Myth Buster: What People Are Saying About the Safe Schools Program vs. What Is True

Myth Buster: What People Are Saying About the Safe Schools Program vs. What Is True

Sunday, January 28, 2018

The Safe Schools Program has seen a lot of heat in the media about its progressive approach to supporting the LGBTQI community in the classroom. There are a number of anti-Safe Schools campaigns, which use myths as their primary driver to convince readers that Safe Schools is a bad idea. The purpose of the Safe […]

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Celebrating growing up and getting older in Australia

Celebrating growing up and getting older in Australia

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The experience of growing up in Australia and then of course growing old is something special. Celebrating Australia should mean celebrating all this country has to offer its people, including a diverse society, laidback culture and beautiful landscapes from country to coast. Part of our identity is defined by our relationship to Australia, making our […]

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What is the Safe Schools Program?

What is the Safe Schools Program?

Friday, January 19, 2018

As child care professionals, many of the young people in your care will be moving on to school each year. As you’re preparing children for the transition to school, parents and families are likely to have questions about school so it’s important to have an understanding of school-related topics, including often-discussed ones like the Safe […]

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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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