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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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Facts about the new child care subsidy for parents!

Facts about the new child care subsidy for parents!

Saturday, February 10, 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 […]

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The new child care package for approved child care providers

The new child care package for approved child care providers

Friday, February 9, 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)

Thursday, February 8, 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

Wednesday, February 7, 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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