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What Two Aged Care Worker Qualities Do You Think Are Essential?

What Two Aged Care Worker Qualities Do You Think Are Essential?

Sunday, February 7, 2016

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 […]

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What Does It Take To Be A Good Early Childhood Educator?

Saturday, February 6, 2016

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. […]

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What’s The Most Touching Aged Care Story That’s Stuck With You?

Friday, February 5, 2016

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 […]

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Top Tips For Preventing Falls

Top Tips For Preventing Falls

Thursday, February 4, 2016

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 […]

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Top Three Tips For Building Confidence

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

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 […]

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Top Tips For Surviving Summer And Preventing Heatstroke

Top Tips For Surviving Summer And Preventing Heatstroke

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

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 […]

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What Do You Wish Someone Had Told You Before Your First Day?

What Do You Wish Someone Had Told You Before Your First Day?

Monday, February 1, 2016

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 […]

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Upskilling Your Aged Care Qualifications Is Easy

Upskilling Your Aged Care Qualifications Is Easy

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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 […]

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Overcome Procrastination…Now!

Overcome Procrastination…Now!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

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 […]

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Transitioning Qualifications Is Easier Than You Thought

Transitioning Qualifications Is Easier Than You Thought

Monday, January 25, 2016

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. […]

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Trainer Responses — Cutest Things Children Say

Trainer Responses — Cutest Things Children Say

Monday, December 14, 2015

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 […]

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The role of customer service in aged care

The role of customer service in aged care

Friday, December 11, 2015

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 […]

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Our rights. Our Freedoms. Always.

Our rights. Our Freedoms. Always.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

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 […]

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Embracing change

Embracing change

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

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 […]

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Holistic learning for a lifetime of growth

Holistic learning for a lifetime of growth

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

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 […]

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What do you see? An Old Lady’s Poem

What do you see? An Old Lady’s Poem

Monday, December 7, 2015

This poem was written by an anonymous woman and since affectionately named by the aged care industry as the Old Lady’s Poem. The poem was found by aged care workers in a facility in Dundee, Scotland, after a resident passed away. Today, this poem is infamous around the world in aged care and is always […]

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Celebrating inclusion for people of all abilities

Thursday, December 3, 2015

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a global celebration proclaimed by the United Nations. Since 1992, IDPwD has been celebrated on December 3 around the world, showcasing the contributions made by persons living with disabilities in their communities. This year, the theme is ‘inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities’. […]

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International Computer Security Day

International Computer Security Day

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Top tips for computer security For International Computer Security Day, Selmar is presenting top tips for maintaining your safety while using computers. Celebrated each year on November 30, Computer Security Day was started in 1988 to remind people to protect their computers and information and raise awareness of computer related security issues. External surrounds Computer […]

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Child Care Trainer – Justine Hardware

Monday, November 30, 2015

Justine Hardware is a multi-faceted child care trainer and educator, who has successfully fulfilled the dual role of childcare worker and director in various childcare centres. A former kindergarten teacher and room leader at childcare centres, Justine is a natural communicator who develops a good rapport with children and parents. She has experience in designing individual […]

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Protecting the rights of older individuals

Protecting the rights of older individuals

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Human rights protect everyone in society. Human rights are particularly important in the most vulnerable, such as the elderly. Protecting the rights of older individuals is a vital part of being an aged care worker. According to the World Health Organization, globally one in 10 older people experience abuse every month. The Australian Human Rights Commission […]

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Palliative care — The art of caring

Palliative care — The art of caring

Friday, November 27, 2015

Palliative care is the art of offering nurture to people suffering from terminal conditions. It requires sensitivity and compassion and is usually offered by extraordinary individuals with a strong capacity for empathy. The focus of palliative care is comfort and dignity. It requires the ability and willingness to ease the discomfort and suffering of the […]

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Tips for effective conflict resolution

Tips for effective conflict resolution

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Conflict is impossible to avoid and is not always a bad thing. From the innocuous water cooler arguments around whose football team is the best or where we should go for Friday night drinks, humans deal with dozens of conflicts daily and almost all are resolved peacefully. So what makes for effective conflict resolution? The […]

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Asthma management in your childcare facility

Asthma management in your childcare facility

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

More than one in nine Australian children are affected by asthma1. This figure highlights the importance of asthma management in child care as most child care services deal with asthmatic children every day. People suffering from asthma may need daily support from parents and carers. In extreme cases, if not treated properly, asthma attacks can […]

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Hay fever in child care: the facts

Hay fever in child care: the facts

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Around one in seven Australians suffer from hay fever, or allergic rhinitis1. Children suffer from it too, and this means you’ll probably come across hay fever in child care settings. Despite its name, it is not caused by hay nor does it produce a fever! It is caused by allergens, such as pollen, dust, mould and […]

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Child Care Trainers – Rebecca Inserra

Monday, November 23, 2015

Rebecca Inserra joined Selmar as a child care trainer with over seven years’ experience working in child care centres and kindergartens, including working with children with special needs. Rebecca’s teaching style draws heavily on guiding students with their study requirements and developing their practical hands-on experience with the 4-5 age group. Fluent in English and Italian, Rebecca […]

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Student story – Kelsey Dean

Sunday, November 22, 2015

“The values of Jewish Care and Selmar translate for everyone: respect your elders, have empathy and be involved in your community”, explains recent graduate Kelsey Dean. With a successful career in sales and marketing under her belt, Kelsey was looking for a change; “I asked myself, what can I study that will still be relevant […]

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Healthy eating habits for children

Healthy eating habits for children

Saturday, November 21, 2015

We are what we eat. Healthy eating habits for children and the right nutrition ensures our body performs at its peak. For young children, nutrition also helps growth and development. For healthy eating to become a habit for children, encourage them to become familiar with every stage of the process; from selection, through preparation, eating […]

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Stress management

Stress management

Friday, November 20, 2015

Managing stress is a balancing act. Looking forward to the start of a race or football match is good stress and is called excitement. Survival stress is how we react when faced with real threat. When we were cave dwellers it might have given us the ability to run from a saber-toothed tiger. Bad stress […]

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Understanding emotional intelligence

Understanding emotional intelligence

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognise our own emotions and the feelings of others. Understanding what causes our emotions and how we react to them helps us to manage our responses to difficult situations. This knowledge can help you to make better decisions and become a better leader. Here are some basic tips for […]

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Encouraging parent volunteers

Encouraging parent volunteers

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

In early childhood education, parents are part of the package. Every day, they are involved in your facility and are the main reason our industry exists. Managing the relationship between parents and centres takes communication, patience and understanding. Collaborative partnerships with parents in child care are essential to early childhood education. Many child care and […]

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