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5 incredible ways outside play benefits children

5 incredible ways outside play benefits children

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Allowing children the opportunity to have a variety of experiences through play-based learning is the best way for them to learn and grow. Play-based learning is the approach within the majority of Australian child care centres, offering children this essential free play time. Taking children’s play outside provides children with even more benefits and can […]

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Get cooking to enhance children’s development in five amazing ways

Get cooking to enhance children’s development in five amazing ways

Monday, September 18, 2017

The role of child care worker involves challenges and patience, but it also involves a lot of fun. For example, cooking with children is not only an enjoyable activity — it’s perfect for children’s development too! Give children the chance to see how the food they eat is made. In some centres educators are even […]

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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 Drug Addiction

Pharmaceutical 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. Arguably in recent times, there has been a focus on the abuse of crystalline methamphetamine, better known as ice. According to a survey by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) […]

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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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Staying Healthy: Spotting and preventing gastro

Staying Healthy: Spotting and preventing gastro

Monday, August 21, 2017

Working in childcare means you’re more than likely to 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 […]

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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. The aged care residential services industry includes facilities that provide long-term accommodation or support to older residents, such […]

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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. In fact, people of all ages are undertaking child care courses, keen to join the country’s ever-growing industry. According to IBIS World, the child care industry is expected to generate more […]

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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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Holi Festival Of Colours in Melbourne

Holi Festival Of Colours in Melbourne

Friday, March 10, 2017

Melbourne’s Tatterson Park in Keysborough will soon become a vibrant playground for hundreds of visitors as the Holi Festival of Colours returns for the ninth time. Holi is an ancient Hindu festival, known as the festival of colours or the festival of love. It’s mainly observed in India and Nepal or other countries where there is a great […]

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7 Qualities of an Effective Leader

7 Qualities of an Effective Leader

Thursday, March 9, 2017

A leader needs to get the best out a team, but this isn’t always a simple task. We’ve looked to the research to find out what some of the most valuable qualities are when it comes to being an effective leader that brings out the best in their team…   1.Inspiring and motivating Leaders tend […]

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3 Signs It’s Time To Change Careers

3 Signs It’s Time To Change Careers

Friday, March 3, 2017

Here at Selmar we get the privilege of seeing thousands of people reinvent themselves every year. No matter your age or current occupation, you can pursue a career in child care, aged care or business as long as you’re willing to believe in yourself and put in the effort. Changing careers isn’t always easy, but […]

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Skills First 2017 Contract Awarded

Skills First 2017 Contract Awarded

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Selmar Institute of Education has been officially recognised as one of Victoria’s highest quality training organisations under the government’s new Skills First approach. Real training that leads to real jobs Skills First is a system that ensures students are guaranteed to get real training that leads to real jobs – this is exactly what we […]

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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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