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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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Recycling in your facility

Recycling in your facility

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Australians are willing recyclers with 91% of us agreeing it is the right thing to do, according to Planet Ark, a not-for-profit environmental foundation.  Planet Ark also found that 78% of employees say they feel good when their employer provides recycling services. Recycling in the workplace is important, and the financial and environmental benefits of […]

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Embrace the festive season

Embrace the festive season

Sunday, November 15, 2015

In the festive season in Australia, December brings an abundance of celebration occasions, presenting lots of opportunities to catch up with friends and family. Last month, we gave you plenty of reasons to celebrate. Now that December is on our doorstep, let’s take a closer look at some ideas for the festive season. These December […]

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Student story – Kidiste Alene

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Having arrived in Australia only nine months ago, Kidiste Alene has already graduated from the aged care cert III – and is now employed as a Personal Care Assistant! Kidiste is a recent graduate of Selmar Aged Care Education Institute’s Jewish Care stream. This stream is a partnership between Jewish Care and Selmar Aged Care […]

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Sexuality and ageing

Sexuality and ageing

Friday, November 13, 2015

Intimacy is a common human desire, however, ageing can present challenges for those wanting to maintain their sexuality. Physical, mental and social changes can impact the sex lives of many older Australians. Despite these challenges, an increasing number of people are enjoying the benefits of a full and active sex life well into their later […]

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Approaches to mentoring

Approaches to mentoring

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Mentoring can provide the guidance, support and encouragement needed to succeed and overcome challenges. A mentor can be a friend, a boss or an industry professional unknown to you. A mentor is someone that listens to your plans, problems and ambitions and offers their advice and expertise. There are several types of mentoring programs and […]

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Toys for a sustainable planet

Toys for a sustainable planet

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Sustainable, eco friendly toys are becoming increasingly popular. It is not only the environmental benefits but also the ethical message of these toys that make them so attractive to parents and educators alike. Here are some of our picks for the best local toy suppliers that provide ethical, sustainable and environmentally friendly toys that encourage […]

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Busting myths with Food Safety Week

Busting myths with Food Safety Week

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

This year’s Australian Food Safety Week will be busting food safety myths with the theme for ‘Did you know?’ Held from 8 to 15 November, the week will clear up common food safety myths about what causes food poisoning. About 4.1 million people suffer food poisoning in Australia each year, according to the Food Safety […]

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Child Care Trainers – Manmeet Goel

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Manmeet is a multi-faceted child care trainer and educator. Over the past eight years, Manmeet has amassed considerable experience in the child education industry. She has an impressive track record of meeting individual development and social needs as a nanny, and has worked as an assistant and qualified worker in childcare centres with different ages […]

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The confidence to act through first aid training

The confidence to act through first aid training

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Basic first aid skills can help save lives, and you can be quick to act with first aid training. Providing first aid until professional medical help arrives often means the difference between life and death. Depending on your location, ambulance response times can vary. On average, under 15 minutes. During that time, knowing how to […]

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Understanding social media for child care

Understanding social media for child care

Friday, November 6, 2015

Social media for child care is a fast and effective way to communicate to your families, local community and even potential staff. It’s your chance to put your digital footprint on an online world through a virtual community of like-minded people. If you’re thinking about a social media strategy for your early childhood education centre, […]

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Fighting infection with hygiene

Fighting infection with hygiene

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Infections are a part of everyday life in any workplace. For those of us in aged care, infection prevention and control are a vital part of the role. Older individuals may not be able to fight infection because their immune systems are more vulnerable. Surgery and devices such as catheters increase the likelihood of infection. […]

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Reasons to celebrate

Reasons to celebrate

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

One of the best things about living in a multicultural country like Australia is the many different cultural and religious events and activities. Here are some of Selmar’s top picks for cultural dates to celebrate throughout the year! January 7 Orthodox Christmas Day 14 Orthodox New Year Many Orthodox churches in Australia recognise the holiday […]

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Encouraging safe work practices for Safety Month

Encouraging safe work practices for Safety Month

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

October is National Safe Work Month, or Safety Month, an opportunity to raise awareness of workplace health and safety. Safe Work Australia estimate that every year, more than 260 Australians die and a further 135000 are injured due to work related injuries. “National Safe Work Month provides an opportunity for us all to focus on […]

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Aged Care Trainer – Jenny Astorino

Monday, November 2, 2015

Jenny is a dynamic trainer and assessor with a bubbly personality and a flare for educating individuals. Jenny has over 20 years of industry experience in the aged care and community services sector as a personal care worker and also a facility manager. Jenny is an enrolled nurse and is still currently working in the […]

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Asthma in older people

Asthma in older people

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Australia has one of the highest rates of asthma in the world1. Recently, the Australian Government Department of Health announced funding for a national asthma strategy. This new strategy will attempt to improve asthma treatment for all Australians, with a particular focus on treatments for older people. Up to one in seven Australians aged 65 years […]

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Understanding the Rights of the Child

Understanding the Rights of the Child

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Today is Universal Children’s Day, celebrated in Australia on October 28 as part of Children’s Week, Selmar looks at the Rights of the Child. The United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of the Child was written in November 1989 and lists all the rights of every child in the world. Almost every country in […]

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Celebrating Children’s Week in Early Childhood Education

Celebrating Children’s Week in Early Childhood Education

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Children’s Week on October 24th to November 1st celebrates the rights of children to enjoy childhood and feel safe and valued. Held from October 24 to November 1, the annual event also provides an opportunity for children to demonstrate their talents, skills and abilities. The Children’s Week Council of Australia works to encourage, support, guide activities […]

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How the National Register be useful to me?

How the National Register be useful to me?

Sunday, October 25, 2015

The National Quality Standards set seven Quality Areas, which guide early childhood education and care providers. Assessments against the NQS occurs for all centres. This process encourages continuous improvement by centres and provides members of the public information about the quality of different centres. Each centre is given a rating for each of the seven […]

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5 top tips for customer service

5 top tips for customer service

Saturday, October 24, 2015

There is a well-known adage in sales that it costs you five times as much to win a new customer than to keep an existing one. How you treat your customers determines the likelihood of them returning. Customer service tends to be focused on external customers, and generally around securing and maintaining business. Whilst external […]

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Leading by innovation

Leading by innovation

Friday, October 23, 2015

Innovation means being creative, thinking outside the box, to discover new ways of doing things. Creativity and innovation in the workplace can be vital to the success of a business because they allow for better processes, more engaged staff and ultimately happier customers. So how can you cultivate creativity and innovation in the workplace? The […]

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Putting Spring in your step with Walktober

Putting Spring in your step with Walktober

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Walking during October in Australia can be beautiful. With the colourful sights and scents of spring flowers, it’s a great time to be outside enjoying the weather before it gets too hot. Breathe in the fresh air and feel the sunshine on your skin this October with Walktober. On the website, you can join a […]

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Let’s Talk About Sex

Let’s Talk About Sex

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Last month in Melbourne, the inaugural Let’s Talk About Sex, Relationships and Intimacy as We Age conference encouraged the aged care industry to talk about intimacy and sex and ageing. Organised by Alzheimer’s Australia Vic and COTA Victoria, the conference was held on 8 and 9 September 2015. The conference challenged assumptions, taboos and stereotypes […]

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Alzheimer’s and Dementia in Aged Care

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

More than half of all people in permanent residential aged care have dementia, according to a report released last month by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). This highlights the importance of understanding the impact Alzheimer’s and dementia in aged care. Both the Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015) and Certificate IV in […]

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Different learning styles

Monday, October 19, 2015

Every individual learns differently and it can be really useful to understand different learning styles. Visual, auditory and kinesthetic (VAK) learning styles theory focuses on these three main cognitive learning styles. Proposed by Neil Fleming in 1992, it can help you understand how you learn and what methods of learning suit you. Understanding your particular […]

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Aged care trainer – Sherralie Franco

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Aged care trainer Sherralie worked in the Aged Care and Disability sector, including Home and Community Care, for over eight years. During this time, Sherralie has found that her compassion and skills in the industry has encouraged others to seek similar roles. As such, Sherralie decided to gain her Training and Assessment qualification and help others […]

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Understanding social media in aged care

Friday, October 16, 2015

Using social media in aged care is a fast and effective way to communicate to your customers, clients and potential staff. It’s your chance to put your digital footprint on an online world and communicate with like-minded people. Studies show social media can also help with feelings of isolation, particularly in older people, with multiple […]

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Recycling fun with art and craft

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Australians are willing recyclers with 91% of us agreeing it is the right thing to do according to Planet Ark, a not-for-profit environmental foundation. Employees also appreciate the recycling habits of their workplace with 78% of people saying they feel good that their employer provides recycling services, Planet Ark states.    As well as helping […]

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Making the most of your time

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Good time management skills help you make the most of each day whether you’re juggling work and family, work and study or all three. Here are some handy time management hints to help you work at your best even when there are not enough hours in the day. Prioritise Decide which task is most important […]

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