Mythbusting the ECE Diploma Rule

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Selmar’s Mythbusting series takes a look at some of the biggest rumours in the Early Childhood Education industry. Today, we’ll take you through the myth of the so-called diploma rule. The myth Our enrolments team has seen an increase in people who are new to ECE, asking to enrol in a child care course at […]

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Join the global social media movement for World Arthritis Day

Monday, October 12, 2015

Today is World Arthritis Day or WAD. Established in 1996 by Arthritis and Rheumatism International, WAD is a global initiative to raise awareness of issues affecting people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs). Celebrated every year on 12 October, WAD also aims to ensure people with RMDs and their caregivers are aware of support networks […]

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Early childhood education trainers’ favourite stories

Sunday, October 11, 2015

At Selmar Early Childhood Education Institute, all our trainers are experienced educators. We can’t even begin to calculate how many books they’ve each read in all their years on the floor! We asked our trainers for their favourite books in child care centres, and have compiled a list of the top picks. The clear winner was The Very […]

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Aged care trainer’s favourite activities

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Aged care trainer’s favourite activities At Selmar Aged Care Education Institute, all of our trainers are experienced aged care workers. We chatted to two of our trainers about their favourite activities in aged care facilities from their experience working. Sally I was a night shift worker and for those night owl residents we regularly hosted “ice-cream […]

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Celebrating Literacy and Numeracy across Australia

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The 17th National Literacy and Numeracy Week was celebrated across the education industry last month. From the 31st of August to the 6th September 2015, children all around Australia participated in activities and initiatives to encourage skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. The Australian Government launched a new Learning Potential mobile app as part of […]

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Frontline Management is now Leadership & Management

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Selmar Education Institute is now offering the updated Certificate IV Leadership and Management replacing Frontline Management as the nationally recognised qualification for leadership skills in education. Updated to meet Standards for Training Packages, the Government mandated changes increase the number of units required increased from eight to 12. Providing nationally endorsed standards, Training Packages help […]

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Meet Selmar Aged Care Certificate Graduate, Kerry

Monday, October 5, 2015

After raising 5 children, Kerry Erskine decided to use her well-honed caring skills to join the aged care workforce. Training with Selmar was the next logical step. “The kids are all grown up now, so it was time to do something new”, explains Kerry. Kerry’s son Duncan gave her the final nudge, when he suggested […]

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Tips to take your aged care career to the next level

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Once you are ready to take your career to the next level, it’s important to know how to effectively promote yourself. There are three main steps in achieve your career goals – your CV, a customised cover letter and the interview. In the first of Selmar’s three part series on career advancement, here are some […]

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Flexible study through workplace training

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Maintaining a work-life balance can be challenging, and adding study to the equation can be even tougher. Our flexible workplace training aims to ensure your training doesn’t require extra schedules, babysitting or transport. So what is workplace training? It is a delivery mode available to students who currently work within the industry that they want to […]

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Add more value to your studies with engaged placement

Add more value to your studies with engaged placement

Friday, October 2, 2015

After extensive consultation with industry leaders about what industries need in training and graduates, the Australian Industry and Skills Committee endorsed the CHC Community Services & HLT Health Training Packages. As part of this, work placement is a compulsory part of completing an aged care qualification. Given Aged Care is hands on work, learning by doing makes sense! […]

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Benefits of an engaged work placement

Benefits of an engaged work placement

Thursday, October 1, 2015

While everyone undertaking a child care course or an aged care course has to undertake work placement, there are ways to really make the most of this experience. When on work placement, it is important to be actively engaged with your environment to ensure you truly learn from experienced educators at your placement centre. When searching […]

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What is home and community care?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

As Australia’s population ages, our aged care sector is changing and adapting to offer more services to home and through community care. Today’s miracles of modern medicine allow people to live longer. The number of people aged 65 to 84 is expected to more than double by 2050. The number of people over 85 will […]

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Aged Care Trainer — Sherene Magana

Aged Care Trainer — Sherene Magana

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Sherene has 14 years’ worth of experience over multiple aged care organisations as a PCA and Lifestyle and Leisure Coordinator. Sherene is an eager Selmar aged care trainer and assessor, with strong commitment to providing quality aged care so the individuals can live with maximum dignity, comfort and independence. With these commitments, she strives to […]

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Child protection case study — Cradles to Crayons

Monday, September 28, 2015

Cradles to Crayons Early Learning Centre’s Managing Director, Belle Spillman, attended our recent ECE Industry Consultation and discussed her Centre’s approach during the child protection session. Given the positive and curious response during the Consultation, we got in touch with Belle to chat further. What does child protection mean, to you and your centre? Child protection […]

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Tips to take your career to the next level

Sunday, September 27, 2015

After all the hard work and commitment it takes to achieve your qualification, it’s important to know how to effectively promote yourself. Once you are ready to take your career to the next level, there are three main steps to getting your dream job – your CV, a customised cover letter and the interview. In […]

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SunSmart tips for children

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Because UV radiation can’t be seen or felt, we can’t always rely on our senses. Don’t just wait for a hot and sunny day to check the sun protection times from the weather section of the newspaper, Bureau of Meteorology website or via the SunSmart website and app. Daily sun protection times are issued whenever […]

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School holiday activities for kids and families

Thursday, September 24, 2015

From the 21st of September to the 4th of October 2015, children across Victoria take a well-deserved break from school and kinder to enjoy the freedom and fun of the Spring school holidays. However, little minds and active bodies rarely take a break, so here is a list of some exciting (and some free!) school […]

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Early Childhood Trainer – Claire Bradley

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Early Childhood Education has been a part of Claire’s life for the past 25 years. Prior to becoming an early childhood trainer, Claire worked in various roles within the industry, most recently finding the educational leader’s position the most rewarding. Being an educational leader Claire has been able to focus on mentoring and supporting students […]

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Sophie Ellis – Trainer

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Sophie Ellis brings over 30 years of experience to her position as an Assessor and Trainer at Selmar Institute of Education. Her experience includes industries including retail, hospitality, business, nursing, occupational health and safety, fashion and education. She is highly skilled in client management, trainer motivation and leading sales managers, and has extensive knowledge of […]

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Looking for a professional advantage?

Friday, September 18, 2015

Leadership skills can give your career the boost you need Great leaders provide direction, motivation and inspiration to employees while inspiring trust and confidence among clients. But what does it take to be an effective leader? It is said that managers can get people to do work for them, whilst leaders have people want to […]

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Upcoming Spring and Summer events in and around Melbourne for elder individuals

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Spring has arrived, and Melbourne has many events in and around the city to inspire us to get active and social! We’ve created a list of some events for older Australians, as well as their families and friends. The Victorian Seniors Festival Sunday 4th October to Sunday 11th October. This festival provides free music, comedy, […]

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What does aged care reform mean for you?

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

More than a million people in Australia receive aged care services. This number is expected to rise to more than 3.5 million by 2050 due to better health care. To address this increasing need, the Australian government is reforming the aged care system. The aged care reform will see the system is moving towards consumer-directed […]

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Sun smart in aged care

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Two out of three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70. However, exposure to small amounts of sunlight is also essential to good health. Let’s discover how to encourage an approach that is sun smart in aged care. Finding the right balance of avoiding excessive sun exposure and obtaining the […]

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What is the Unique Student Identifier (USI)?

Monday, September 14, 2015

If you’ve enrolled in a new course this year, you’ve probably heard the term Unique Student Identifier or USI. From the start of 2015, all students enrolling in VET courses are now allocated a USI. Once you are given this number, you will be able to link your training record for every VET course you […]

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I look for a Selmar qualification when I read resumes

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Selmar qualifications are highly regarded in the child care industry. Find out why from Kim Jennings, the Director of Our House Early Learning World in Frankston. Kim sought out Selmar’s customised approach to early childhood training because she understands that everyone learns differently. “Seven years ago, working with another centre, I’d had a great experience […]

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Flexible training for the busy professional

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Working full-time in an early learning centre, 35-year-old Tanya Atkins needed the professional qualifications to advance her career but couldn’t spend her evenings and weekends in classes at a campus. An employer of choice for more than 500 early childhood education centres, Selmar was selected by Tanya’s workplace, Carnegie Early Learning Centre, to present training […]

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Future growth in child care

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

As our population ages and baby boomers retire, Australia’s workforce will need to encourage more people to join, including prospective and young parents. This translates to future growth in child care industries and more opportunities for those qualified. Supporting prospective parents and parents of young children to participate in the workforce through accessible, flexible and […]

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Selmar’s Industry Consultation

Monday, August 17, 2015

Early Childhood Education leaders from across metropolitan Melbourne joined Selmar Early Childhood Education Institute for a half-day panel and networking event on July 29th 2015 at our modern two-level campus in St Kilda. Representing a variety of diverse communities, the child care industry panel comprised 23 directors, assistant directors and educational leaders Kicking off with […]

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5 tips for positive change and a rewarding new career

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Changing your career path can be a daunting process, but it can also be so rewarding. A new career can reinvigorate all aspects of a person’s life, job satisfaction can be so rewarding, enrich your personal life and general happiness and wellbeing. The initial hurdle, make a decision.  This can be the hardest part of […]

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Be part of a thriving, growing industry

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Currently in Australia, about 2,800 residential aged care facilities cater to more than 160,000 elderly people. During the next ten years, we expect to see aged care jobs grow with more than 250,000 residents in Aged Care. According to the Federal Government’s Intergenerational Report, by 2050, the number of people aged 65 to 84 is expected […]

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