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School readiness funding to support kindergartens

School readiness funding to support kindergartens

Monday, November 12, 2018

School readiness is a topic that the early childhood education industry is focused on enhancing, and for good reason — after all, childcare and kindergarten is where educators get the opportunity to give children the necessary tools to transition to life as schoolchildren! To support funded kindergarten programs in preparing children for the next stage […]

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The mutual benefits of professional development in child care

The mutual benefits of professional development in child care

Everyone likes a win-win, don’t they? And supporting a team of employees in accessing professional development opportunities is just that. Professional development in child care is an investment into your business and its most important resource – its people. Being proactive about building the skills of your workforce is a simple yet incredibly effective way […]

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The four biggest aged care recruitment challenges the industry is tackling

The four biggest aged care recruitment challenges the industry is tackling

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

As the aged care sector evolves at lightening pace a number of unique recruitment challenges have emerged. And with aged care booming, it is clear that the industry is set to become a huge employer in Australia. In fact, according to a Hesta report titled Transforming Aged Care, by 2050 the aged care workforce will […]

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The growing and evolving aged care industry landscape

The growing and evolving aged care industry landscape

Thursday, October 25, 2018

The most recent report from IBIS World on aged care residential services in Australia suggests that the aged care industry’s revenue is now worth more than $20bn – employing more than 256,000 Australians within over 1,800 businesses. These numbers may seem staggering, but this is only the beginning for aged care in Australia. In the […]

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Incredible seniors smashing through age barriers!

Incredible seniors smashing through age barriers!

Monday, September 17, 2018

The month of October the Victorian Seniors Festival is on, and to honour this we’re highlighting some of the incredible feats achieved by the oldest people in our community. Senior simply means ‘of a more advanced age’, yet it can be attached to unflattering connotations – namely about being less capable. Flying in the face of this, […]

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Why aged care is more than just a job

Why aged care is more than just a job

Friday, September 7, 2018

A look at aged care through the eyes of our trainers. Aged care trainers: Cheryl Peacock, Sally Forbes and Karen Richards It’s often said that working in aged care isn’t a job that’s chosen at random, instead, it’s a vocation – people have a strong feeling it’s what they are meant to do. Sometimes it […]

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Exceeding Expectations — ECMS Beyond Tomorrow Conference

Exceeding Expectations — ECMS Beyond Tomorrow Conference

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Professional development in early childhood education is something that we are passionate advocates of, and the ECMS Beyond Tomorrow Conference is an excellent example of what childcare services can do as a team to continue to build on their knowledge and skills and stay up to date in the industry. It all took place on August […]

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Child care jobs boom in Australia

Child care jobs boom in Australia

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

In a time where it can seem like jobs and industry growth are uncertain, there’s one area in Australia that’s booming: Child care services, which is always generating plenty of child care jobs. In fact, people of all ages are undertaking child care courses, keen to join the country’s ever-growing industry. According to IBIS World, […]

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Why you don’t need to let learning difficulties hold you back

Why you don’t need to let learning difficulties hold you back

    While learning and studying can come easily for some people, there are many others who dread the idea of starting a course. Many students are keen to get qualified but have experienced learning difficulties which make it hard to imagine the thought of studying again. Getting qualified isn’t a journey you need to take alone! We […]

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Mary Fennessy, Selmar’s student support Guru

Mary Fennessy, Selmar’s student support Guru

Monday, July 2, 2018

     Humans of Selmar: Mary Fennessy, Student Support Coordinator   Getting qualified isn’t a journey you need to take alone, and with committed support from people like Mary Fennessy, why would you? Let’s face it, the thought of studying can be daunting. Add in work and family commitments, you can quickly feel overwhelmed. But it doesn’t […]

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What can I claim — top student tax deductions

What can I claim — top student tax deductions

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Top 5 tax hacks for students If you’re a student who’s wondering ‘ What can I claim at tax time? ‘, you might be surprised to learn of these five hacks to maximise your tax return. Don’t let these tax deductions slip past you while you’re studying. With tax time coming up at the end […]

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Selmar’s placement matchmaker Kylie Jackson

Selmar’s placement matchmaker Kylie Jackson

Friday, May 25, 2018

Selmar’s practical placement co-ordinator, Kylie Jackson is passionate about the importance practical work placement plays for students and takes great pride in making it a valuable and positive experience.     We all know what an important industry early childhood education is. Providing nurturing care as well as play-based learning experiences to enhance children’s development during the […]

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Gaining meaningful employment as a Permanent Resident of Australia

Gaining meaningful employment as a Permanent Resident of Australia

Friday, April 13, 2018

If you have recently becoming a Permanent Resident in Australia, Congratulations! Living in Australia gives you so many opportunities to enjoy, but you might be feeling concerned about finding employment as a Permanent Resident. Not to worry, as there are many industries in Australia with rewarding career options for you to explore. Aged care is […]

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Are all first aid courses found on online genuine? Here’s how to tell

Are all first aid courses found on online genuine? Here’s how to tell

Monday, April 9, 2018

You’ve been researching first aid courses online and they all seem okay, but how do you know if they are genuine? You want an accredited first aid certificate that is nationally recognised, and not all trainers offering first aid courses can deliver that. Telling the difference between genuine, accredited first aid courses and ones that […]

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How to become an Aged Care Team Leader

How to become an Aged Care Team Leader

Friday, April 6, 2018

The aged care industry has many roles on offer to enjoy throughout your career. A position you might like to pursue is that of Aged Care Team Leader. This role involves leading a team of carers to ensure the highest standard of care is provided at all times. The position description for an Aged Care […]

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How to become a Room Leader in child care

How to become a Room Leader in child care

Thursday, March 29, 2018

There are many roles to pursue in an early childhood education career. One position in a child care setting is Room Leader. This is the educator who is responsible for running a room. To become a Room Leader you’ll need experience along with the right qualifications. Things that are expected of a Room Leader can vary […]

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Follow up email samples for child care jobs

Follow up email samples for child care jobs

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Now that you know what to expect at a child care job interview, its time for your next move. Many people accept that after your child care job interview, it is really just a waiting game. But it doesn’t have to be. You can take steps to impress your prospective employer even after the interview […]

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What to expect from a child care job interview

What to expect from a child care job interview

Monday, March 26, 2018

Getting the call to schedule a job interview for a role you applied for is exciting and means a big opportunity is in front of you. It’s no surprise then that so many people feel anxious and nervous at the thought of it. Knowing what to expect from your child care job interview can help […]

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Follow up email samples for aged care jobs

Follow up email samples for aged care jobs

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Now that you know what to expect at an aged care job interview, its time for your next move. Part of the process of applying for jobs is standing out from the other applicants. A professional, thought-out resume can get you an aged care job interview, and then you need to really shine. Good interview […]

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Aged care job interview — what to expect

Aged care job interview — what to expect

Friday, March 16, 2018

Job interviews can make even the most confident person feel nervous. Thankfully, a little preparation can go a long way. Get an idea of what to expect from your aged care job interview and you’ll be one step ahead. For the best chance of success at your upcoming aged care job interview, there are a […]

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Three good reasons to update CPR training yearly

Three good reasons to update CPR training yearly

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Keeping your qualifications up to date is essential.  ACECQA states that first aid qualifications should be renewed every three years as the industry standard. CPR refresher training should be taken every 12 months. CPR training with Selmar is simpler than ever thanks to our new online learning portal. This means you can do pre-learning online when […]

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5 steps to getting your first aid certificate

5 steps to getting your first aid certificate

Monday, February 26, 2018

Whether you’re looking to get a first aid certificate for your employment, work safety, family reasons or just to have life-saving skills for an emergency, you need to make sure you choose an accredited first aid course. An accredited first aid certificate is one that will be recognised nationally and the course material covers all […]

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Keep your first aid up to date and you could save a life just like these people!

Keep your first aid up to date and you could save a life just like these people!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

First aid training is not a one-off, especially if you work in an industry like child care. Your first aid renewal is required every three years, and it’s certainly worthwhile. You might think you have retained plenty of information from your initial first aid training, but procedures can change and guidelines are regularly updated. Staying […]

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Why first aid training is a must

Why first aid training is a must

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Did you know that first aid training could enable you to save a life? Even multiple lives? With the knowledge and skills gained through a first aid course, you will have the confidence and capability to deliver quality medical assistance in an emergency situation. If you haven’t completed first aid training yet, now is the […]

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What is first aid?

What is first aid?

Friday, February 16, 2018

Chances are you have a first aid kit in your home or workplace, filled with things like plasters, gauze, bandages and tweezers. But what is first aid and first aid training? First aid is all about helping those around us who are in need. We are all prone to an accident or falling ill, and […]

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Salary guide for aged care jobs

Salary guide for aged care jobs

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Aged care qualifications can set you up for a rewarding career with employees in high demand. If you’re considering an aged care career you’re probably wondering about aged care pay. Your hours, responsibilities, experience and the individual employer will affect what you earn in aged care. If an aged care career is something you’re looking […]

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New Child care subsidy, everything you need to know

New Child care subsidy, everything you need to know

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Are you a child care centre operator or parent? Learn about the new child care subsidy coming into effect July 2 and how it will impact you.   Get to know the new child care subsidy package here   The new child care package for approved child care providers   Facts about the new child […]

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Why updating your first aid training is so important

Why updating your first aid training is so important

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

First aid training is something everyone can benefit from. Regardless of your industry, parental status, age or hobbies, an understanding of first aid is a life skill that could save someone else’s life. Equally important is keeping your first aid training up to date. If you already completed a first aid course, you should congratulate […]

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Salary guide for child care jobs

Salary guide for child care jobs

Monday, February 12, 2018

When you’re qualified in early childhood education there is a range of meaningful career paths you can take. From nanny to centre-based educator, family day care owner to child care centre director, each role is unique. Child care wages, hours and responsibilities can also vary depending on your position. If you’re exploring child care positions, […]

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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)

Sunday, February 11, 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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