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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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Working with industry to improve lives

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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7 simple strategies to boost employee engagement

7 simple strategies to boost employee engagement

Thursday, July 4, 2019

An engaged employee is one who is committed, loyal, hard-working, proactive and motivated. In other words, an engaged employee is the kind of employee you want working in your business, whether you’re in aged care, child care or any industry you can think of. Where do you discover this kind of employee engagement that’s going […]

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Child care industry: Meaningful employment in a growth sector

Child care industry: Meaningful employment in a growth sector

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Studying for a career in a meaningful industry where you can really make a difference is a goal for many, but you want to be sure there will be jobs available to you as well. Luckily, child care industry growth continues on an upward trajectory! The rise in demand for child care workers, educators and […]

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What to expect on your practical placement at a child care Centre

What to expect on your practical placement at a child care Centre

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

 It’s one thing to read about working in early childhood education but getting in there and gaining hands-on experience is a vital part of your childcare course training. That’s why your childcare course is likely to have a practical placement component as a course requirement. It’s this real-world work experience that really enables our learners to graduate […]

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Choosing the best funding option for your training 

Choosing the best funding option for your training 

Monday, June 17, 2019

If taking up VET training is on your to-do list, you’ve probably thought about how you’ll pay for it. What funding options are available for your childcare or aged care course and which are you eligible for?  Let’s summarise the options available to you when you undertake training so you can go ahead and choose the best funding option […]

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End of financial year – study tax deductions

End of financial year – study tax deductions

Friday, June 7, 2019

Tax time has rolled around again and for anyone studying or planning to, it’s worth knowing what study expenses you can claim as deductions at the end of financial year. The Australian Tax Office makes it clear that you can claim many self-education deductions when you’re a student, as long as the course you are […]

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Being a leader in early childhood education and care

Being a leader in early childhood education and care

Monday, June 3, 2019

What does it mean to be a leader in early childhood education? A genuine desire to contribute to the wellbeing and care of young children is usually the impetus for those seeking a leadership career within the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector. You’re also going to need some key skills such as patience, […]

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National Reconciliation Week: Respect and connection in aged care

National Reconciliation Week: Respect and connection in aged care

Friday, May 31, 2019

National Reconciliation Week takes place 27 May until 3 June and is an important time for us all to learn and reflect on our shared history as Australians. The dates are the same each year, marking the successful referendum in 1967 that paved the way for laws protecting the rights of Aboriginal people as equal […]

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Selmar graduates ‘Launch into Work’ with Calvary Community Care

Selmar graduates ‘Launch into Work’ with Calvary Community Care

Monday, May 27, 2019

Investing in people, helping them to grow and to access career opportunities is of vital importance to us as trainers and educators. That’s why Selmar Institute of Education was part of a cross-sector collaboration with the Department of Jobs and Small Business, Calvary Community Care, a home care provider based in Mount Waverly, Victoria, and […]

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Enhancing early childhood learning through imaginary play

Enhancing early childhood learning through imaginary play

Thursday, May 2, 2019

 Play-based learning is at the heart and soul of Australia’s approach to early childhood education. And for good reason. Research shows that when it comes to optimal brain development in children, learning through play and exploration delivers results, going so far as to shape the structural design of the brain.    The Early Years Learning Framework defines play-based learning as […]

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Selmar students gain pathway to University with Swinburne Online

Selmar students gain pathway to University with Swinburne Online

Monday, April 29, 2019

Students studying the Diploma of Early Childhood Education (CHC50113) at Selmar will now earn academic credits toward a Bachelor of Education with Swinburne Online, creating a pathway to university for Selmar learners.   Fast-tracking a Bachelor Degree in Education has never been more accessible. Credits earned through completion of the Diploma of Early Childhood Education will […]

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Careers session provides early childhood educator job opportunities

Careers session provides early childhood educator job opportunities

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Selmar teamed up with Goodstart Early Learning to host a careers session during March, which gave the attendees a chance to have a one-on-one interview that could lead to an early childhood educator job opportunity.   With Selmar early childhood education and care graduates holding the reputation for having the skills and confidence that make successful […]

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Selmar training rates highly with employers

Selmar training rates highly with employers

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) released the results of their annual National Student Outcomes Survey in December last year – and the data highlights strong satisfaction from employers and VET graduates.   NCVER, which is the main supplier of research, statistics and data on Australia’s VET sector, surveyed 206,944 students – including […]

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New short course builds skills to control infection in aged care

New short course builds skills to control infection in aged care

Thursday, March 14, 2019

  The avoidance of infection outbreak and management to reduce its reach are high priority in any sector, but particularly when your work environment involves caring for some of the most vulnerable members of the community.   The right knowledge and practical skills are needed to protect those in your care from infection, and ensure that the outbreak’s risk of […]

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Passion for children’s learning: Melissa Walters’ child care career

Passion for children’s learning: Melissa Walters’ child care career

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Humans of Selmar: Melissa Walters Graduate & Centre Director // Goodstart Early Learning Torquay   With a love for children, a child care career was a natural choice for Melissa Walters, Centre Director of Goodstart Early Learning Torquay. Melissa’s career in child care started straight out of high school, completing a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education […]

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Assist Clients with Medication Skill Set: Refreshed short course

Assist Clients with Medication Skill Set: Refreshed short course

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Organisations which invest in the knowledge and skills of their people are rewarded with better business outcomes – and this is particularly true of the aged care sector. With a Royal Commission exploring aged care quality and safety in full swing, the spotlight is on this important industry which is set to care for a […]

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Assistant Director Mei shares her Selmar child care journey

Assistant Director Mei shares her Selmar child care journey

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

     Humans of Selmar: Mei Lee Teoh Graduate & now Assistant Director // Guardian: Kids Time McKinnon When it comes to passion in the workplace, Mei’s love for her child care career is truly contagious. A qualified teacher in Malaysia, moving to Melbourne saw Mei ready to make a bit of a career shift and she […]

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Start the New Year inspired with 15 good news stories you may have missed in 2018

Start the New Year inspired with 15 good news stories you may have missed in 2018

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Start the New Year inspired with 15 good news stories you may have missed in 2018 Sometimes it is hard to feel optimistic at times in a world saturated by negative media, in particular social media and an abundance of ‘fake news’. When negative stories sell and are frequently served up on our screens, it’s […]

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Are you eligible for a free course and government subsidised priority courses?

Are you eligible for a free course and government subsidised priority courses?

Friday, January 11, 2019

The Victorian state government as part of its recent election promises, is offering free TAFE on a selection of priority courses for eligible students across Victoria. Priority courses were determined for industries that have a high demand for skilled workers and includes over 30 priority non-apprenticeship courses and 20 apprenticeship pathway courses. A range of […]

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How to find the best online child care courses

How to find the best online child care courses

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Deciding on the course that’s right for your career path can be tricky enough, then there’s the other important decisions like how to choose between the online child care courses available to you. Don’t worry — while not all online courses are created equal, we’ve rounded up some essentials to look for when finding the […]

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