VIDEO: Supporting learners for success
The level of support and empathy provided to a learner are two key ingredients for a successful learning journey. Selmar’s dedicated, passionate...Read More
Thrive as an early childhood educator with these 9 qualities
There are many reasons to pursue a career in early childhood education and care. Careers in early childhood education can be rewarding, diverse and fu...Read More
The benefits of plants for wellbeing in the workplace
A focus on wellbeing in the workplace is vital for individuals working in care industries like childcare and aged and disability care, to be effective...Read More
Celebrating Children’s Birthdays
Birthdays can be a really exciting time for kids, but as an early learning educator or assistant, it’s crucial to remember that there’s no ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to celebrating children’s birthdays. Whether you hope to (or already) work in a kindergarten, childcare or early learning centre there are a number […]Read More
United Nation’s International Day of Happiness
There’s something special about a day that is dedicated to happiness, which is why the United Nation’s International Day of Happiness should be embraced. Coming up on Sunday 20 March, the International Day of Happiness encourages us to celebrate by creating positive connections with others and sharing happiness around the world. The pursuit of happiness […]Read More
How To Have An Awesome Birthday At Work
So your birthday is coming up and you have to work. Depending on how you feel about your workplace and colleagues, this is either an exciting proposition or, well, not that exciting at all. Not all cultures and religions recognise birthdays as a big deal, but if you’re in the mood to celebrate there are […]Read More
How To Celebrate Birthdays In Aged Care
Many will agree that birthdays are something to treasure. The day you were born, no matter how long ago, is a day to celebrate your existence, all you’ve achieved, all that lies ahead and (hopefully) the wonderful relationships around you. Working in aged care gives you an even greater appreciation of this as you get […]Read More
Tips For Supporting Others To Quit Smoking
Despite heavy campaigning, fantastic initiatives from the government and increasingly strict advertising laws, the tobacco industry remains a multi-billion dollar industry in Australia. We all know about the impact smoking has on our wellbeing, and according to The Department of Health it also costs the country an incredible $31.5 billion in social (including health) […]Read More
Why Do Kids Need Iron?
Iron is a nutrient that most of us have heard of, but often underestimate. It’s essential for helping people of all ages and stages to feel strong and well. It supports oxygen to move through the body, contributes to energy production and helps keep our immune system fighting fit. So of course, it’s incredibly important […]Read More
Certificate III In Aged Care Is Now Certificate III In Individual Support
You might have noticed that Selmar’s Certificate III in Aged Care (CHC30212) has been replaced. We now offer Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015), and there’s a good reason for this change. Previously, the Certificate III in Aged Care was focused on providing care to older Australians, however, we have updated this to reflect that […]Read More
Have You Got Enough Iron?
When we think about Iron, many of us picture Popeye – the comic sailor who simply popped a can of spinach to increase his iron and his strength. Whilst Popeye has been touted as somewhat of a health hero (we’ve somehow overlooked his tendency towards chain smoking), a lot of us are still unclear about […]Read More
The Benefits Of Reading To Children And For Children To Read.
International Children’s Book Day (ICBD) has been celebrated since 1967 on or around 2nd April, which is the birthday of celebrated fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen. Created by The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), the day aims to highlight the importance of children’s literature and instil a love of reading at an […]Read More
More Aged Care Jobs, More Opportunities
It is no secret that like many developed countries, Australia’s population is an ageing one. Statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics indicate that our ageing population can be attributed to Australians having fewer children and our increasing life expectancy. With an increasingly older population, the need for Aged Care workers grows too. Australia’s Aged […]Read More
Talking To Families
Open and positive communication between educators and parents is essential to get the best out of childcare and schooling for children. Communication is important to gain a full understanding of a child’s development and experiences. It also provides support to parents by offering ideas and information that can help them make decisions about their child’s […]Read More
Mental Health And Ageing
More than 20% of adults aged 60 and over live with a mental or neurological disorder, according to data from the World Health Organization. The data also shows that often mental health problems for older individuals are not being diagnosed by healthcare professionals, making this figure potentially much larger. The stigma surrounding mental illness means […]Read More
What Do You Wish Someone Had Told You Before Your First Day On The Floor?
We sat down with our aged care training staff and asked them about their experience in the industry. This time, we got them to reflect back to starting in the industry with “What’s do you wish someone had told you before your first day on the floor?” “That aged care would be the most rewarding […]Read More
What’s The Funniest Thing You Experienced While Working As An Educator?
We sat down with a few of our early childhood trainers and asked them about their experience in the industry. Getting to the lighter side of early childhood, we asked “What’s the funniest thing you experienced while working as an educator?” One time a girl stopped mid-puzzle and turned toward me, looked me squarely in […]Read More
Are You Ready For A Promotion?
You’re keen to become a leader of tomorrow, to take the next step into a more senior role…but how do you ensure your boss knows this? And once they know, how to do you ensure you’re ready? It takes planning and ambition to grow your career. Here are some tips for actions you can take […]Read More
What Two Aged Care Worker Qualities Do You Think Are Essential?
We sat down our aged care trainers and asked them about their experience in the industry. This time, we asked our close-knit team “What two aged care worker qualities do you think are essential?” “Compassion and caring, of course!”. — Karen “Patience and a good sense of humour.” — Sally “Empathy, compassion, flexibility.” — Cheryl […]Read More
What Does It Take To Be A Good Early Childhood Educator?
We sat down with a few of our early childhood trainers and asked them about their experience in the industry. We’re posting a series of their responses, starting here! This time round we asked, “What two qualities do you think are essential for an early childhood educator?” “A caring nature and a compassionate soul.” Ebonie. […]Read More
What’s The Most Touching Aged Care Story That’s Stuck With You?
We sat down with our aged care trainers and asked them about their experience in the industry. This time, really pulled at the heart-strings by asking “What’s the most touching story that’s stuck with you?” “When one of my residents was extremely upset one day as she thought that her son had passed away (which […]Read More
Top Tips For Preventing Falls
It is only natural for young children and babies to explore their environment. As they become more inquisitive and mobile, the risk of falls and bumps increases. Pre-school children quickly develop the ability and confidence to reach great heights, yet they don’t have any fear or understanding of the dangers of their explorations. According to […]Read More
Top Three Tips For Building Confidence
Feeling confident is not something that comes naturally to everyone. Even the most confident person can experience nerves before a big presentation or key meeting. Here are some tips on how to speak and present yourself with confidence. Know your audience Think about the knowledge and experience of the people in your audience: Do they […]Read More
Top Tips For Surviving Summer And Preventing Heatstroke
Even though it’s already February, it often feels like the warm weather is sticking around longer. According to the Victorian Government’s Better Health Channel , older individuals are more prone to heat stress than other age groups because their bodies find it more difficult to adjust to a sudden or prolonged temperature change. They are also […]Read More
What Do You Wish Someone Had Told You Before Your First Day?
We sat down with a few of our early childhood trainers and asked them about their experience in the industry. You can also read back on the heart-melting responses to “What’s the cutest thing a child has ever said to you?” This round, we asked “What’s do you wish someone had told you before your […]Read More
Upskilling Your Aged Care Qualifications Is Easy
As an aged care worker, you may be asking yourself “what next?” Here we outline common professional development paths taken within the aged care industry. Upskilling is a great way to stay ahead of industry changes and continue moving forward in your career. To support your career, both State and Federal Government invest in the […]Read More
Most of us have put off something that needs to be done at one time or another. It might be avoiding that dentist appointment or sorting out your inbox. It’s also often the bigger things we put off, like updating our resume or dealing with a difficult situation. Why do people procrastinate? We can all […]Read More
Transitioning Qualifications Is Easier Than You Thought
Professional development is a great way to develop your skills and knowledge as an educator, expand your learning community and continuing pushing for excellence in early childhood. Selmar offers a wide selection of early childhood and community sector courses through workplace training. This allows you to enjoy flexibility and individually tailored study during office hours. […]Read More
Trainer Responses — Cutest Things Children Say
What’s the cutest thing a child has ever said to you? We sat down with a few of our early childhood trainers and asked them about their experience in the industry. We’re posting a series of their responses with the cutest things children say. You can read our trainers’ thoughts on what it takes to […]Read More
The role of customer service in aged care
The Australian aged care system is moving towards consumer-directed care giving individuals more choice in their care requirements1. This means that for aged care service providers, customer service is more important than ever. It’s important to remember that customers are not only your residents but their families and local community as well. The notion of […]Read More
Our rights. Our Freedoms. Always.
In 1948, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Two years later, the Assembly established 10 December as International Human Rights Day. This year, the theme for the day is ‘Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always.’ and commemorates the 50th anniversary of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural […]Read More
Many people see change as a threat but with a shift in mindset change is an opportunity. You can then not only survive but thrive through times of change. For business leaders, the term change management is used when dealing with these situations. By developing creative ways of enabling employees, clients and other stakeholders to […]Read More
Holistic learning for a lifetime of growth
Holistic learning is about equally nurturing the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of children – ensuring not to focus on only one part of a child’s learning, but treat all these aspects equally. Children often mirror the adults around them. This means it’s important as educators to demonstrate positive behaviour to support them to […]Read More