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VET Graduates find jobs faster and earn more

VET Graduates find jobs faster and earn more

Friday, May 26, 2017

  VET Graduates find jobs faster and earn more Graduates of vocational education and training (VET) are on average finding jobs faster and gaining better starting salaries than those with university degrees, a landmark study has revealed. The research, conducted by McCrindle and released by Skilling Australia, goes a long way to expel the myths […]

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An Eggciting Easter in Early Childhood

An Eggciting Easter in Early Childhood

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Easter is a time of the year when working in child care is especially fun! Children love Easter and the fun and games that come with it. From the concept of a magical bunny to the permission to eat more chocolate than usual, there are plenty of things for children to get excited about. When […]

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What children want from child care providers

What children want from child care providers

Thursday, February 23, 2017

What do children want from their child care providers? It’s a super-important question that’s surprisingly seldom asked. Surprising since ultimately, it’s children who child care professionals spend the most time with and have the most impact on. So aside from the expectations of employers, parents and co-workers, today we’re asking what’s important to children? Anyone […]

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Challenges in child care (and rewards!)

Challenges in child care (and rewards!)

Thursday, February 9, 2017

In recent years, Australia has witnessed a massive surge in demand for child care services. Today, more than 1.2 million children attend around 17,000 government-approved child care services nationwide; numbers which have grown massively over the past five years.   Like all industries, working in child care comes with a unique set of challenges and […]

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7 Useful Apps To Boost Children’s Learning!

7 Useful Apps To Boost Children’s Learning!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Technology is prolific in this day and age, as we are surrounded by iPhones and iPads, television and computers (just to name a few). Statistics from the ABS show that households with children aged under 15 years have an average of 7 devices they use to access the internet, and that over 79% of children […]

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Choosing A Child Care Course In Melbourne

Choosing A Child Care Course In Melbourne

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

It’s an awesome feeling when you’ve decided that you know what you want to study. You know child care is the path for you – you want to play a vital role in children’s lives, enriching their education and setting them up for lifelong learning. Choosing from the many child care courses in Melbourne (and […]

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7 Rules For A Safe Holiday Season

7 Rules For A Safe Holiday Season

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Working in child care and aged care, it’s essential to maintain the highest safety standards at all times, no matter how busy it can be. Every day you must take the necessary precautions to protect those in your care to avoid falls, choking and even the spreading of germs. But, seeing as we are heading […]

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Funny Stories Working In Child Care

Funny Stories Working In Child Care

Thursday, November 24, 2016

We all know it’s important to take work seriously – a career in child care means a lot of responsibility. After all, you’re looking after young children and playing a role in shaping their future. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a laugh on the job too… In fact, working in child care is […]

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The Top 4 Reasons Why Working in Child Care is the Best

The Top 4 Reasons Why Working in Child Care is the Best

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

When it comes to amazing, rewarding careers, we think working in childcare is the best. You often hear what a rewarding job it is working with children, but have you ever wondered WHY it’s so rewarding? We’ve narrowed it down to three reasons that explain why working in childcare really is so rewarding.   1. […]

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Work Life Balance Can Be Yours With A Career In Child Care

Work Life Balance Can Be Yours With A Career In Child Care

Thursday, October 13, 2016

When you work in child care you can feel pretty lucky – working with children is one of the most rewarding jobs you will find. Of course, we have personal lives to enjoy as well. Thankfully, working in the early childhood industry allows you to enjoy all the rewards of a job you love while […]

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7 Benefits Of Working As A Family Day Care Educator

7 Benefits Of Working As A Family Day Care Educator

Thursday, August 4, 2016

For many Australians, working from home is thought to be living the dream. The hardest thing is finding a career you can do from home. Even if your job could be done from your couch, many managers won’t allow it. Working for yourself can be a great way to have a career from your house, […]

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Child Care Educators Help Shape Children’s Lives

Child Care Educators Help Shape Children’s Lives

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Did you know that some of the most significant wiring of our brains occurs in our first five years of life? According to the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC), at age three a child has approximately 1000 trillion brain connections (also known as synapses). By the time they hit adolescence the number is halved and […]

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Common Allergies In Children And How To Spot Them

Common Allergies In Children And How To Spot Them

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Allergies in children and allergic reactions can be quite serious so it’s important to understand what they are and how to spot them. What is an allergy? According to the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, an allergy occurs when the immune system reacts to a substance (allergen) in the environment which is usually […]

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Why Do Kids Need Iron?

Why Do Kids Need Iron?

Monday, March 14, 2016

Iron is a nutrient that most of us have heard of, but often underestimate. It’s essential for helping people of all ages and stages to feel strong and well. It supports oxygen to move through the body, contributes to energy production and helps keep our immune system fighting fit. So of course, it’s incredibly important […]

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The Benefits Of Reading To Children And For Children To Read.

The Benefits Of Reading To Children And For Children To Read.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

International Children’s Book Day (ICBD) has been celebrated since 1967 on or around 2nd April, which is the birthday of celebrated fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen. Created by The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), the day aims to highlight the importance of children’s literature and instil a love of reading at an […]

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What’s The Funniest Thing You Experienced While Working As An Educator?

What’s The Funniest Thing You Experienced While Working As An Educator?

Saturday, February 13, 2016

We sat down with a few of our early childhood trainers and asked them about their experience in the industry. Getting to the lighter side of early childhood, we asked “What’s the funniest thing you experienced while working as an educator?” One time a girl stopped mid-puzzle and turned toward me, looked me squarely in […]

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What Does It Take To Be A Good Early Childhood Educator?

What Does It Take To Be A Good Early Childhood Educator?

Saturday, February 6, 2016

We sat down with a few of our early childhood trainers and asked them about their experience in the industry. We’re posting a series of their responses, starting here! This time round we asked, “What two qualities do you think are essential for an early childhood educator?” “A caring nature and a compassionate soul.” Ebonie. […]

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What Do You Wish Someone Had Told You Before Your First Day?

What Do You Wish Someone Had Told You Before Your First Day?

Monday, February 1, 2016

We sat down with a few of our early childhood trainers and asked them about their experience in the industry. You can also read back on the heart-melting responses to “What’s the cutest thing a child has ever said to you?” This round, we asked “What’s do you wish someone had told you before your […]

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Transitioning Qualifications Is Easier Than You Thought

Transitioning Qualifications Is Easier Than You Thought

Monday, January 25, 2016

Professional development is a great way to develop your skills and knowledge as an educator, expand your learning community and continuing pushing for excellence in early childhood. Selmar offers a wide selection of early childhood and community sector courses through workplace training. This allows you to enjoy flexibility and individually tailored study during office hours. […]

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Trainer Responses — Cutest Things Children Say

Trainer Responses — Cutest Things Children Say

Monday, December 14, 2015

What’s the cutest thing a child has ever said to you? We sat down with a few of our early childhood trainers and asked them about their experience in the industry. We’re posting a series of their responses with the cutest things children say. You can read our trainers’ thoughts on what it takes to […]

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Holistic learning for a lifetime of growth

Holistic learning for a lifetime of growth

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Holistic learning is about equally nurturing the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of children – ensuring not to focus on only one part of a child’s learning, but treat all these aspects equally. Children often mirror the adults around them. This means it’s important as educators to demonstrate positive behaviour to support them to […]

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International Computer Security Day

International Computer Security Day

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Top tips for computer security For International Computer Security Day, Selmar is presenting top tips for maintaining your safety while using computers. Celebrated each year on November 30, Computer Security Day was started in 1988 to remind people to protect their computers and information and raise awareness of computer related security issues. External surrounds Computer […]

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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 means that most childcare 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 result in death. First aid training equips educators to […]

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Healthy eating habits for children

Healthy eating habits for children

Saturday, November 21, 2015

We are what we eat. The right nutrition and healthy eating 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 and ending with […]

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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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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. 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 help someone who is injured or unwell can affect the outcome […]

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Understanding social media for child care

Understanding social media for child care

Friday, November 6, 2015

Social media 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, here are some […]

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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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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 “diploma rule”. The myth Our enrolments team has seen an increase in people who are new to ECE, asking to enroll in a child care course at diploma […]

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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. Combining work and study ensures 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 train […]

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