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Why Do Kids Need Iron?

Why Do Kids Need Iron?

Monday, March 14, 2016

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 […]

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Certificate III In Aged Care Is Now Certificate III In Individual Support

Certificate III In Aged Care Is Now Certificate III In Individual Support

Saturday, March 12, 2016

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 […]

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Have You Got Enough Iron?

Have You Got Enough Iron?

Friday, March 11, 2016

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 […]

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The Benefits Of Reading To Children And For Children To Read.

The Benefits Of Reading To Children And For Children To Read.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

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 […]

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More Aged Care Jobs, More Opportunities

More Aged Care Jobs, More Opportunities

Thursday, March 3, 2016

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 […]

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Talking To Families

Talking To Families

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

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 […]

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Mental Health And Ageing

Mental Health And Ageing

Monday, February 15, 2016

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 […]

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

Sunday, February 14, 2016

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 […]

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What’s The Funniest Thing You Experienced While Working As An Educator?

Saturday, February 13, 2016

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 […]

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Are You Ready For A Promotion?

Are You Ready For A Promotion?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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 […]

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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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