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Challenges in child care (and rewards!)

Challenges in child care (and rewards!)

Thursday, February 9, 2017

In recent years, Australia has witnessed a massive surge in demand for child care services. Today, more than 1.2 million children attend around 17,000 government-approved child care services nationwide; numbers which have grown massively over the past five years.   Like all industries, working in child care comes with a unique set of challenges and […]

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What I learned from working in aged care

What I learned from working in aged care

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Working in aged care comes with many challenges, and many rewards. Here are just a few of the things you’ll discover once you’ve finished your studies and are in the job. You’ll be surprised just what you will learn!   Never judge a book by its cover Clients in aged care are all different. Not […]

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5 tips to turn your study dreams into a reality

5 tips to turn your study dreams into a reality

Friday, January 27, 2017

The beginning of a new year gives us an excellent opportunity to reflect on all that we’ve achieved, not to mention our plans for the future. For many, this includes starting a new career and commencing study for the first time (or again!) Every year, we welcome thousands of enquiries from people interested in following […]

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Five Digital Tools To Help You Study

Five Digital Tools To Help You Study

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

When it’s time to study and absorb all the facts, ideas and theories that you’re learning and apply your understanding of them, it’s important to be organised. You can prepare for the most effective use of your study time with some handy digital tools that will help you to plan, revise, take cohesive notes and […]

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A Day In The Life Of A Home Care Assistant

A Day In The Life Of A Home Care Assistant

Friday, January 20, 2017

So you’re thinking about a change in career, or getting back into the workplace and looking for a meaningful and rewarding job? A CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community) from Selmar Institute of Education might be just the starting point you’re looking for. With a range of job outcomes to be […]

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7 Useful Apps To Boost Children’s Learning!

7 Useful Apps To Boost Children’s Learning!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Technology is prolific in this day and age, as we are surrounded by iPhones and iPads, television and computers (just to name a few). Statistics from the ABS show that households with children aged under 15 years have an average of 7 devices they use to access the internet, and that over 79% of children […]

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Skills First 2017 Contract Awarded

Skills First 2017 Contract Awarded

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Selmar Institute of Education has been officially recognised as one of Victoria’s highest quality training organisations under the government’s new Skills First approach. Real training that leads to real jobs Skills First is a system that ensures students are guaranteed to get real training that leads to real jobs – this is exactly what we […]

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Choosing A Child Care Course In Melbourne

Choosing A Child Care Course In Melbourne

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

It’s an awesome feeling when you’ve decided that you know what you want to study. You know child care is the path for you – you want to play a vital role in children’s lives, enriching their education and setting them up for lifelong learning. Choosing from the many child care courses in Melbourne (and […]

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7 Rules For A Safe Holiday Season

7 Rules For A Safe Holiday Season

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Working in child care and aged care, it’s essential to maintain the highest safety standards at all times, no matter how busy it can be. Every day you must take the necessary precautions to protect those in your care to avoid falls, choking and even the spreading of germs. But, seeing as we are heading […]

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5 Reasons To Apply To Enrol Before New Years

5 Reasons To Apply To Enrol Before New Years

Friday, December 9, 2016

Now that you’ve decided to apply to enrol in an child care or aged care course at Selmar Institute of Education, don’t let your motivation slip during the festive season. With parties to attend, gifts to buy and family and friends to spend time with, it’s easy to push your goals to one side during this […]

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Simulation Laboratories – Practical Training To Build Your Confidence

Simulation Laboratories – Practical Training To Build Your Confidence

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

You want to work in aged care and make a difference to the lives of older Australians, but how on earth will you manage to dress an individual in your care or feel comfortable approaching someone’s bedside? This is where our simulation laboratories – or ‘sim labs’ as they’re sometimes called – give you the […]

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A Career While You’re Planning Your Next Move

A Career While You’re Planning Your Next Move

Friday, December 2, 2016

Deciding on a career can be challenging, and when it comes to committing to the years and financial expense of a university degree, the pressure to make the right choice can be overwhelming.   One in five uni students dropping out According to the Department of Education figures, up to one in five university students […]

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Top 3 Tips For Communication With Families In Aged Care

Top 3 Tips For Communication With Families In Aged Care

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Open and positive communication between aged care workers and those closest to the individuals in their care can make a big difference when it comes to your ability to offer the best support. Communication is important to gain a good understanding of the older individual/s in your care so you know how to best approach […]

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Funny Stories Working In Child Care

Funny Stories Working In Child Care

Thursday, November 24, 2016

We all know it’s important to take work seriously – a career in child care means a lot of responsibility. After all, you’re looking after young children and playing a role in shaping their future. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a laugh on the job too… In fact, working in child care is […]

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Get To Know The Selmar Campus In Melbourne

Get To Know The Selmar Campus In Melbourne

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

When you’re planning your approach to incorporating study and training into your life, there’s a lot to think about. Heading on campus is one training delivery mode option that deserves consideration. To help you get to know what you’re in for when you head to our Melbourne campus, let’s get to know it a little […]

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Four Things To Consider When You Finish School

Four Things To Consider When You Finish School

Friday, November 11, 2016

Students across Australia are preparing to finish high school and take on the next chapter of their lives. If you’re one of these students and you are farewelling your secondary school education, you might be wondering what’s next for you. What will you do with your time? What will your career be? With so many […]

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Funny Stories Working In Aged Care

Funny Stories Working In Aged Care

Monday, November 7, 2016

Working In Aged Care and providing care to Australians in the later years of their lives is a meaningful and commendable career path. After all, ageing is inevitable and having dedicated aged care workers to take care of us when the time comes can be essential to maintain quality of life. From words of wisdom […]

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5 Reasons To Work In Aged Care!

5 Reasons To Work In Aged Care!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

‘Rewarding’ is one of the most common words used to describe what it’s like to work in aged care, but what are the rewards and who are the recipients of them? Aged Care Workers Make People Happy As an aged care worker your job is to improve the quality of life for your client by […]

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Flexible Hours In Aged Care For A Better Work Life Balance

Flexible Hours In Aged Care For A Better Work Life Balance

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

We all want a job we can be passionate about and enjoying going to. But we also want to have the time to enjoy our personal lives too. Of course, our personal lives are all different so what suits one person may not work for another person at all. So what sort of career offers […]

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The Top 4 Reasons Why Working in Child Care is the Best

The Top 4 Reasons Why Working in Child Care is the Best

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

When it comes to amazing, rewarding careers, we think working in childcare is the best. You often hear what a rewarding job it is working with children, but have you ever wondered WHY it’s so rewarding? We’ve narrowed it down to three reasons that explain why working in childcare really is so rewarding.   1. […]

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Work Life Balance Can Be Yours With A Career In Child Care

Work Life Balance Can Be Yours With A Career In Child Care

Thursday, October 13, 2016

When you work in child care you can feel pretty lucky – working with children is one of the most rewarding jobs you will find. Of course, we have personal lives to enjoy as well. Thankfully, working in the early childhood industry allows you to enjoy all the rewards of a job you love while […]

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Don’t Just Get Qualified… Get Employed At A Childcare Centre!

Don’t Just Get Qualified… Get Employed At A Childcare Centre!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Too often you hear about friends or family members studying something they love and then continuing to work in a job that is irrelevant to their passion. It’s easy to feel disheartened and to start to think that getting qualified doesn’t lead to a career… It could even put you off studying altogether. Thankfully, training […]

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7 Benefits Of Working As A Family Day Care Educator

7 Benefits Of Working As A Family Day Care Educator

Thursday, August 4, 2016

  For many Australians, working from home is thought to be living the dream. The hardest thing is finding a career you can do from home. Even if your job could be done from your couch, many managers won’t allow it. Working for yourself can be a great way to have a career from your […]

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Child Care Educators Help Shape Children’s Lives

Child Care Educators Help Shape Children’s Lives

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Did you know that some of the most significant wiring of our brains occurs in our first five years of life? According to the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC), at age three a child has approximately 1000 trillion brain connections (also known as synapses). By the time they hit adolescence the number is halved and […]

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Top 3 Reasons To Study Aged Care

Top 3 Reasons To Study Aged Care

Monday, August 1, 2016

If you’ve been thinking about a new career, you might have considered aged care as an option. To help you gain a better understanding of why working in aged care is so great, we’ve come up with our top three reasons to study aged care: Aged care is a fast growing industry As Australia’s population […]

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Perceptions of LGBTIQ Community In Aged Care

Perceptions of LGBTIQ Community In Aged Care

Friday, March 25, 2016

As the glitter settles on Sydney’s 2016 Mardi Gras celebration, it’s incredible to see just how much has changed in the parade’s 38 year history. This year for the first time Malcolm Turnbull became the first Prime Minister to attend the event, whilst Labor opposition leader Bill Shorten went a step further – becoming the […]

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The Last Chapter: The Different Ways We Say Goodbye

The Last Chapter: The Different Ways We Say Goodbye

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Grief is a very personal experience for each individual. It has no set pattern and will depend on a number of factors including cultural approaches and beliefs. There are different ways to say goodbye to family members and loved ones who have passed away. Some people have customs within their community that may not be […]

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What Do You Know About Workplace Bullying?

What Do You Know About Workplace Bullying?

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Bullying is not something that’s confined to the school yard – it happens in the workplace too and it takes many forms. According to Worksafe Victoria, workplace bullying involves ‘persistent and repeated negative behaviour directed at an employee that creates a risk to health and safety.’ Workplace bullying can extend to: Unjustified criticism or complaints […]

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Common Allergies In Children And How To Spot Them

Common Allergies In Children And How To Spot Them

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

  Allergies in children and allergic reactions can be quite serious so it’s important to understand what they are and how to spot them. What is an allergy? According to the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, an allergy occurs when the immune system reacts to a substance (allergen) in the environment which is […]

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Getting Older With Iron

Getting Older With Iron

Monday, March 21, 2016

Although there remains some confusion and misinformation surrounding iron, we all know that this nutrient is essential for healthy human bodies. This is true for people at all ages and stages of life, including as we get older. Iron regulates a number of important bodily functions, including transporting oxygen through the body, maintaining healthy enzymes, […]

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