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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

While some people have enjoyed a slower pace of life, for others the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated challenges have had a negative impact including resulting job losses, increased parental pressure, health fears, loneliness and more. As we begin to move towards less restrictions and a new normal, it is still important to be patient […]

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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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Child care jobs boom in Australia

Child care jobs boom in Australia

Continued youth population growth in Australia, increasing female participation in the workforce, government reforms and increased government spending on the sector, combine to see Australia’s early learning sector boom and with that plenty of child care jobs for the foreseeable future. According to the Australian Productivity Commission, in 2019, throughout Australia there are almost 1.3 […]

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Meet Anna Connor: Creating positive learning experiences through trainer support

Meet Anna Connor: Creating positive learning experiences through trainer support

Working in early childhood education and care was a natural career path for trainer Anna Connor, who has a family background in early childhood education and has always had a love of children. So, when the opportunity to be a trainer with Selmar came up, she jumped right in. An educator and room leader in […]

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Aged Care Jobs Boom In Australia

Aged Care Jobs Boom In Australia

Aged care is one of Australia’s fastest growing industries. With our increasingly ageing population, aged care jobs continue to rise too. In fact, it is predicted that by the year 2050 around 3.5 million Australians will be accessing aged care services, calling for a workforce of almost one million aged care professionals. A recent report […]

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Activities for children at home

Activities for children at home

Thursday, April 23, 2020

With strict social distancing regulations in place and schooling moved to online, many parents have found themselves juggling between work and ensuring their children are staying motivated and entertained. To prevent boredom from creeping in, we’ve put together a number of fun activities for children that you can try out while everyone is at home! […]

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Wellness tips for working from home

Wellness tips for working from home

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has brought about many changes in the way we approach life. The shift to working from home has been significant, and while it may have been the dream for some, it is suddenly the norm for many. Working from home brings with it a number of challenges, especially when you’re juggling […]

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What could I earn as an aged care worker?

What could I earn as an aged care worker?

Friday, April 17, 2020

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 a job? Aged care is a sector that is growing rapidly in Australia, and with the high demand for quality aged care workers to care for the […]

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Fee Free Traineeships in NSW

Fee Free Traineeships in NSW

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Now is the time to learn, with fee free traineeships available for NSW students and employers. With Government-funded traineeship courses on offer in the booming aged care or early childhood sectors, this is the perfect opportunity for students to gain qualifications and start a meaningful career. Fee free traineeships means the NSW Government will pay […]

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Training to make a difference in the community sector and beyond

Training to make a difference in the community sector and beyond

Monday, April 6, 2020

Sometimes it takes time to find your passion in life, and that holds true for Selmar aged care trainer Daniel Hau. For over 20 years, Daniel worked in management roles in hotels and catering, among others, but only found his true calling once he began working within the community sector.     While Daniel carved […]

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ECEC Relief Package: What you need to know

ECEC Relief Package: What you need to know

The Australian Government has announced the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package in direct response to the impact of COVID-19, to support childcare centres to remain open and keep educators within their jobs. This is to ensure that quality education and care can continue to be available for essential workers and disadvantaged and vulnerable […]

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Practicing mindfulness in aged care

Practicing mindfulness in aged care

What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the practice of being fully aware of your body, mind and feelings in the present moment. It involves paying attention to where you are, what you are doing and the sensations you are currently experiencing. When practicing mindfulness, you do not pass judgement but simply pay attention and acknowledge your […]

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Supporting study through the COVID-19 pandemic

Supporting study through the COVID-19 pandemic

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

While we navigate through this challenging time, it is important that we stay safe, connected and offer care and compassion to one another. Our dedicated team of trainers remain available to provide support throughout your learning journey, from start to finish. We are in this together.  Training team, Selmar Institute of Education For any further […]

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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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