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Exploring the five senses with children

Exploring the five senses with children

Thursday, November 16, 2017

A challenge of working in child care is discovering ways to engage children while also enhancing their development. Exploring the five senses with children in child care can open up your mind to many activities with the confidence that you are contributing to their development. The five senses are an excellent way for children to […]

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Finding jobs in Australia

Finding jobs in Australia

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Spending time finding jobs in Australia can feel like a full time job in itself. While there are plenty of jobs out there, when you don’t have qualifications, options can feel limited. You might have been looking at retail jobs without any luck — probably because according to Australian Bureau of Statistics data, there are […]

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Your guide to starting work placement

Your guide to starting work placement

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Starting work placement can be scary. New people, new environment and putting your new skills and know-how to the test. To make it easier and help you start work placement with confidence, we’ve compiled a handy guide with tips to get you prepped. Know where you’re going: Do a trial run to get to your […]

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My body, my rules! Children’s rights in child care.

My body, my rules! Children’s rights in child care.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Just like adults rights, children’s rights in child care are equally important. This includes children’s rights to ownership and control of their own bodies. They should feel safe and respected and understand that when it comes to their bodies, they have control of who can touch them. As child care providers, you play a vital […]

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Going green in child care

Going green in child care

Friday, October 27, 2017

It may not be a life skill as much, but taking care of planet earth is incredibly important for children’s futures. Learning how to do the right thing by the environment is something that we can teach children from a young age, so why not start going green in child care? Encouraging environmentally friendly habits […]

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7 artistic activities for sensory play in child care

7 artistic activities for sensory play in child care

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

7 artistic activities for sensory play in child care As a childcare worker, you want to do your very best to enhance your children’s development. A great way to achieve this is by incorporating sensory play into your daily activities. Sensory play has an integral role in children’s development by enabling them to explore the […]

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Five fun ways to help children think outside the box!

Five fun ways to help children think outside the box!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Helping children think outside the box is one of the most important roles of the child care environment. Lucky there are so many ways to engage and excite young minds while having fun. To help children think outside the box, we’ve got five approaches to share with you. Try these and you will be opening up […]

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Top 5 strategies to improve your mental health

Top 5 strategies to improve your mental health

Thursday, September 28, 2017

When you’re focused on excelling in your career, it’s easy to forget about your own mental health and wellbeing. If you are working in the aged care or child care industries, chances are you are passionate about caring for others. You need to remember that in order to care for others well, you must care […]

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Things NOT to say in your next job interview

Things NOT to say in your next job interview

Thursday, September 7, 2017

After the great success of our first blog giving 10 tips on how to write a resume that gets results, we were asked by our students what they should say or do that would get them results at a job interview too! There are many things you can say right at an interview. What’s more […]

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Pharmaceutical and Prescription Drug Addiction

Pharmaceutical and Prescription Drug Addiction

Monday, September 4, 2017

We hear a lot about drug epidemics in the news, but taking a look at the facts reveals a number of surprising revelations. Pharmaceutical and prescription drug addiction is on the rise. Arguably in recent times, there has been a focus on the abuse of crystalline methamphetamine, better known as ice. According to a survey […]

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Caring for younger individuals living in aged care facilities

Caring for younger individuals living in aged care facilities

Friday, September 1, 2017

Working in aged care, you expect to work with older Australians. What you might be less prepared for are the younger individuals requiring care due to living with a disability. A Senate inquiry in 2015 found that upward of 7,000 individuals under the age of 65 with physical and intellectual disabilities are living in aged […]

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Staying Healthy: Spotting and preventing gastro

Staying Healthy: Spotting and preventing gastro

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Working in childcare means you’ll more than likely come across children who are unwell from time to time, but a little knowledge can go a long way. Learn how to identify an illness and find out the right steps to take care of the child – and how to prevent germs from spreading. What is […]

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Understanding dementia as an aged care worker

Understanding dementia as an aged care worker

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Dementia – as an aged care worker you are likely to come across individuals living with it, but how much do you know about it? Dementia is often associated with confusion and frustration, including for the families of those impacted, though there’s still quite a bit of misconception around what it actually is.   What […]

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Laetisha Scanlan chooses child care career for work/life balance

Laetisha Scanlan chooses child care career for work/life balance

Thursday, August 24, 2017

It’s a common career misconception that you must pick one industry and stick to it. Forever. It’s simply not true. In this day and age, you can try working in many industries – some may suit certain stages of your life better than others. You might even choose to commit yourself to more than one […]

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Identify and Manage Allergy Symptoms in Children

Identify and Manage Allergy Symptoms in Children

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

As a child care worker, chances are you will have one or more children in your care who live with an allergy. The allergy may be to a range of different and common allergens, including: foods such as peanuts, cow’s milk, soy, seafood, and eggs dust animals like cats, dogs, horses or rabbits insects pollen […]

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Top 10 Films about Ageing

Top 10 Films about Ageing

Monday, August 14, 2017

Ageing is a fact of life, but until it happens to you it can be difficult to fully understand what it’s like. Can you imagine yourself in 10 years? 20? What about 40 years from now? What about your partner or family members? To gain some insight into the experience of ageing, aged care workers […]

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Arthritis And Your Role As A Carer

Arthritis And Your Role As A Carer

Sunday, August 13, 2017

  Anyone working in aged care will almost certainly have encountered someone living with arthritis. Whilst not strictly contained to older generations, this joint-affecting condition is often seen in aged care. There are over 100 types of arthritis, though the most common forms include osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.   What is arthritis? Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder impacting […]

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Tips to Soothe Parental Separation Anxiety

Tips to Soothe Parental Separation Anxiety

Friday, August 4, 2017

  While some children arrive at centres with a smile and are happy to wave goodbye to mum or dad without a worry in the world, others aren’t as comfortable with the idea. Similarly, while some parents rush off to work after a quick hug and kiss, others find the drop off to be a […]

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Aged Care: adopting and adapting to new technology

Aged Care: adopting and adapting to new technology

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

  You only need to make a trip to your local supermarket to sense that the way we work, shop and consume is rapidly changing. A big part of this is thanks to automation – that is, the use of automatic technology to replace tasks that are completed manually by a person. In many Australian […]

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Why children need to play outside in winter!

Why children need to play outside in winter!

Monday, June 26, 2017

  Winter is here and the days of shorts and thongs are gone for a while. It’s all about coats, boots, and scarves. Working in child care, it can seem natural to keep children indoors now that the temperature has dropped. However, there are many benefits to playing outside. Get outside, it’s good for your […]

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Upskill and claim it this EOFY

Upskill and claim it this EOFY

Monday, June 19, 2017

If you’re thinking about taking on some extra training to advance in your career, enrol now and take advantage of your potential tax deductions. End of financial year is fast approaching, with June 30 the cut off date for your work-related expenses to count towards your deductions for the 2016/17 tax year. The Australian Tax […]

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Aged Care Jobs Boom In Australia

Aged Care Jobs Boom In Australia

Thursday, May 4, 2017

A recent report from IBIS World on the aged care residential services industry in Australia has revealed positive growth in the sector – which this financial year is expected to generate more than $20 billion in revenue and generate a lot of aged care jobs. The aged care residential services industry includes facilities that provide […]

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Tips to stay motivated while studying

Tips to stay motivated while studying

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Your career success can often have a lot to do with keeping motivated while studying and pushing through when things get frustrating. If you’re a student who is having trouble getting motivated – or staying motivated – these tips could make all the difference. Break it down – Big tasks can be overwhelming and it […]

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Child care Jobs Boom In Australia

Child care Jobs Boom In Australia

Monday, May 1, 2017

In a time where it can seem like jobs and industry growth are uncertain, there’s one area in Australia that’s booming: Child care services which is always generating plenty of child care jobs. In fact, people of all ages are undertaking child care courses, keen to join the country’s ever-growing industry. According to IBIS World, […]

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6 things to look for when choosing a training provider

6 things to look for when choosing a training provider

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Deciding a career path can be a difficult yet exciting decision. Once you do work that part out and find out what what’s required to get job ready, choosing a reputable registered training provider (RTO) can be overwhelming! While qualifications may have the same name at various RTOs, the quality of the training is not. […]

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Benefits of Training at Selmar!

Benefits of Training at Selmar!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Pursuing a rewarding career and the qualifications you need for it takes time and energy. There’s no doubt that it pays off, but a little extra support can go a long way when your juggling life commitments with training. At Selmar, we want to give you all the support you need to succeed. That’s why […]

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Flu Vaccination – What you need to know

Flu Vaccination – What you need to know

Monday, April 3, 2017

Flu vaccinations often become a hot topic as we farewell summer and make our way towards the colder part of the year. There is no hard and fast rule about getting the flu jab, but it helps to know what’s available and why it might be an option worth considering. Causes in ‘Flu Season’ While […]

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What Not To Put On Your Resume

What Not To Put On Your Resume

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Scoring a new job it seems is now more competitive than ever – with prospective employers having the luxury of choosing from more applicants, with greater skills and who are presenting themselves in increasingly clever ways. In light of this, the humble resume is still one of the most important tools you have to get […]

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Selmar partnership with Better Caring

Selmar partnership with Better Caring

Friday, March 17, 2017

At Selmar Institute of Education we are always on the look out for opportunities that enable us to give our students the best training experience possible. When it comes to the aged and disability care sectors, we’re committed to improving industry standards and ensuring that we deliver graduates who are confident and capable of providing […]

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How To Ace Your Next Job Interview

How To Ace Your Next Job Interview

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

So, you’ve found your dream job – everything from the company culture to the position description seems like an ideal fit and when you close your eyes you can already see the conversations you’ll have at the water cooler. You applied for the role and they called you! Now all that’s standing in your way […]

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