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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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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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Welcoming Chris Lugg

Monday, November 16, 2015

Selmar is thrilled to Welcome Chris Lugg into the role of General Manager – Victoria. Chris has over 15 years’ experience in education, including four years specifically in vocational education and training. Beginning in Adelaide, Chris’ love of teaching took him to Rockhampton, England and Kuwait. Chris was an early childhood teacher, followed by time […]

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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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