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Knowing when it’s time to upskill

Knowing when it’s time to upskill

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Up-to-date skills and knowledge are vital for a thriving career. Along with on-the-job experience, networking and a commitment to your sector, upskilling can help take your career to the next level. Knowing when is the right time to seek out upskill opportunities can be tricky, but often it comes down to personal objectives and individual […]

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From educator to trainer: Felicity’s early childhood career

From educator to trainer: Felicity’s early childhood career

Monday, September 14, 2020

Selmar early childhood education trainer Felicity Vaillard, has always known that her career would centre around teaching others. The eldest sister of five, Felicity would take every opportunity to nurture and teach her siblings, taking on the role instinctively. “With four younger siblings, I was always playing teachers at home and just wanted that to […]

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Improve infection prevention and control in aged care settings

Improve infection prevention and control in aged care settings

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

The current pandemic has highlighted a significant gap in how prepared aged care facilities are to protect their residents and staff from highly-infectious diseases like COVID-19. A government-commissioned infection control expert group has concluded that all aged care staff should be trained in infection prevention and control (IPC) practices, not only when they start working […]

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Saying thanks on Early Childhood Educator’s Day

Saying thanks on Early Childhood Educator’s Day

Monday, August 31, 2020

Early childhood educators enter children’s lives at a crucial time, nurturing babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers to safely explore their own capabilities and discover the world around them. Early Childhood Educator’s Day 2020 takes place on Wednesday 2 September and recognises the contribution early learning educators make to the wellbeing and development of children in their […]

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What I’ve learnt in my career in aged care

What I’ve learnt in my career in aged care

“From the minute I started the course, I just thought to myself – this is what I should have been doing,” Selmar Aged Care Trainer and Assessor, Michelle Gleeson has had a passion for caring for the elderly for most of her life, but it wasn’t until she entered her 40s that she found the […]

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What to consider when changing careers

What to consider when changing careers

With unemployment rates reaching record highs throughout this year’s pandemic and many people feeling their job security is now uncertain, changing careers has been front of mind for many. For some, the evolving landscape of 2020 may feel like it has presented the opportunity to explore other career options, particularly in sectors that have proven […]

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How we can grow a more culturally competent society starting with our children

How we can grow a more culturally competent society starting with our children

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

As an early childhood educator, we work in a diverse industry and collaborate with people from different cultures daily. These people come in the form of co-workers, children, families and local groups that create our community. To assist children in developing their cultural competency, we as adults require a better understanding of how to acknowledge […]

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Supporting staff wellbeing during stage 4 restrictions

Supporting staff wellbeing during stage 4 restrictions

Monday, August 24, 2020

The second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in Victoria has meant the reintroduction of restrictions, leading to further tightening of many sectors including early childhood education. As centres across Metropolitan Melbourne adjust to stage four restrictions, it’s important to incorporate a focus on supporting staff and their mental health and wellbeing as we navigate through […]

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What to expect when studying online for the first time

What to expect when studying online for the first time

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Studying courses online is becoming the norm, particularly with the current situation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. If you’re considering enrolling to gain qualifications online but you have not studied online before, you might be curious about how it works and what you can expect. While most of us have experienced classroom learning […]

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Saying thanks on Aged Care Employee Day

Saying thanks on Aged Care Employee Day

Friday, August 7, 2020

Hundreds of thousands of employees across the aged care sector provide care for some of the most vulnerable members of our communities each and every day. Aged Care Employee Day is an opportunity to encourage Australians to acknowledge the important work of aged care workers. Throughout this year individuals working in aged care have continued […]

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Early Learning Matters

Early Learning Matters

Friday, July 31, 2020

Did you know that the most critical period of development for the human brain is in the first five years of life? It is during this time that the brain undergoes the fastest development to lay the foundation for our future. It is also the period of time when children in Australia have the opportunity […]

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Case study: An inside look at infection control in early childhood services

Case study: An inside look at infection control in early childhood services

Thursday, July 30, 2020

We spoke to Selmar early childhood education Regional Manager Anastasia Natoli about the infection control challenges faced by the early childhood education and care industry as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the hard work services are doing to protect children and families. Early childhood educators are vital to our communities, ensuring that children […]

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What could you earn as an aged care worker?

What could you earn as an aged care worker?

If you’re considering a career as an aged care worker, you could be on the path to a very rewarding and meaningful future. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the number of Australians aged 85 years and older is projected to double by 2042. This means the need for aged care workers is growing, […]

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Infection control in early childhood centres

Infection control in early childhood centres

Health and hygiene regulations are embedded in the National Quality Framework and a high standard of hygiene has long been prioritised in early childhood education centres. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, infection control has never been more critical. Infection control in early childhood services comprise a range of risk mitigation measures, with the goal […]

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Customer feedback to grow a better business

Customer feedback to grow a better business

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Deciding on an aged care facility or a child care centre for your loved one is a big decision for families. How can you ascertain which will be the best place for your ageing parent or young child to be cared for? Chances are, you would do what most of us do — look up […]

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Why should you work in the aged care sector

Why should you work in the aged care sector

Monday, July 13, 2020

A career path in aged care is one that is fulfilling and can truly change the lives of others for the better. Not only that, but with Australia’s ageing population, an aged care career also has excellent job prospects. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, by 2042 more than 1 million Australians will be […]

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The power of professional development for a motivated workforce

The power of professional development for a motivated workforce

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

If motivated and highly skilled employees are what you’re looking for, then a renewed appreciation and commitment to professional development is what you need. Supporting employees in staying motivated in their careers, whether it’s in aged care or early childhood (in fact, any industry), is important as it contributes towards the quality of care provided […]

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Top techniques to help learners de-stress

Top techniques to help learners de-stress

Friday, July 3, 2020

Stress can impact your mental state, your physical state and your ability to focus and complete essential tasks. When you’re studying, whether it’s aged care or early childhood education, and working hard to fit all your commitments in, stress is the last thing you need. Thankfully, there are techniques you can use to de-stress and […]

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Tax deductions for learners

Tax deductions for learners

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

End of financial year has arrived, which means it’s tax time for 2019/2020. If you are currently studying an aged care course or early childhood education course, it’s worth knowing what study-related expenses you can claim as tax deductions. With the COVID-19 pandemic seeing more studying and working from home than ever before, the Australian […]

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Time management tips for success

Time management tips for success

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

It’s no secret that time waits for no one, and when you’re trying to juggle a job, studying, family commitments and keeping the house in order, this can certainly become very clear. Life can feel incredibly busy and, at times, overwhelming. Learning some effective time management strategies can be a game changer. Time management doesn’t […]

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National Reconciliation Week: Respect and connection in aged care

National Reconciliation Week: Respect and connection in aged care

Monday, May 25, 2020

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. This week marks the successful referendum in 1967 that paved the way for laws protecting the rights of Aboriginal people as equal members of the community, and […]

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The importance of flexible online study options

The importance of flexible online study options

Monday, May 18, 2020

Life can sometimes throw the unexpected our way. No matter how perfect our plans or how good our intentions are, circumstances can change suddenly. Having an element of flexibility is important to the success of any plan, that’s why flexible study options are so essential. Despite the upheaval of the COVID-19, flexible study options have […]

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Why quiet time is so important for children

Why quiet time is so important for children

As parents take on roles as educators, and educators are educating both at work and with their own children at home, it is unsurprising that the COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be a stressful time for many. Currently, moments of peace and quiet may seem few and far between, and productivity and patience increasingly challenging […]

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Managing mental health and wellbeing

Managing mental health and wellbeing

With heightened COVID-19 restrictions now in place for Victorian residents, these added restrictions have brought on associated challenges and consequently impacted the mental health and wellbeing of many. During this challenging time, it is important that we remain patient with ourselves and with others. As we follow these new restrictions, managing our mental health and […]

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Mental health and wellbeing for the elderly

Mental health and wellbeing for the elderly

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

While loneliness and isolation are often areas of concern for older Australians’ wellbeing, the social distancing restrictions are likely to have had a further negative impact. According to research, a lack of social connection can carry health risks equivalent to other high risk behaviours such as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Supporting seniors’ mental health […]

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Making Mother’s Day special in 2020

Making Mother’s Day special in 2020

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday 10 May, and while it’s going to be a little different this year, there are still many ways we can make mum feel special and show her how much she is  loved and appreciated. Each year Mother’s Day presents an opportunity to show mum’s how loved are appreciated […]

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Top tips for working from home with children

Top tips for working from home with children

Monday, May 4, 2020

Working from home can be challenging, and if you’re working from home with children you know that the struggle – and the juggle – is real! Many of us are facing the reality of trying to get our work done from home while keeping children busy and engaged. As we all adjust to this new […]

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Staying connected & supporting the elderly

Staying connected & supporting the elderly

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

During the current coronavirus (COVID-19) global crisis, protecting the elderly has never been more important. It is imperative that we now take the time to look after and connect with older individuals within the community. While COVID-19 can affect anyone, it has been found that our older generations and those with underlying health conditions are […]

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Resources for health and wellbeing

Resources for health and wellbeing

With COVID-19 impacting us all in many varying ways, and many continuing to adjust in an uncertain landscape, it’s ever important to stay connected and have a good network of support and resources to tap into. Thankfully, whether you have a strong direct network around you or not, there are some fantastic organisations and resources […]

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Study tips for online learning

Study tips for online learning

Monday, April 27, 2020

The opportunity to study online means that you can continue to pursue the qualifications you are after even during the COVID-19 pandemic. When you choose the right training provider, online learning offers an innovative, effective and supportive way of studying your chosen course. With a few study tips and the right attitude, you can make […]

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