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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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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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Dealing with depression and anxiety in parents

Dealing with depression and anxiety in parents

Monday, October 2, 2017

In early childhood education you obviously work closely with children on a daily basis, but you can also develop relationships with one or both parents or the family of the children in your care. Some of the children in your centre may be very young, or some may have siblings born around the time they […]

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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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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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VET Graduates find jobs faster and earn more

VET Graduates find jobs faster and earn more

Friday, May 26, 2017

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 often associated with VET, and according to Skilling Australia […]

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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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Celebrating Children’s Birthdays

Celebrating Children’s Birthdays

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Birthdays can be a really exciting time for kids, but as an early learning educator or assistant, it’s crucial to remember that there’s no ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to celebrating children’s birthdays. Whether you hope to (or already) work in a kindergarten, childcare or early learning centre there are a number […]

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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?

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?

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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Top Tips For Preventing Falls

Top Tips For Preventing Falls

Thursday, February 4, 2016

It is only natural for young children and babies to explore their environment. As they become more inquisitive and mobile, the risk of falls and bumps increases. Pre-school children quickly develop the ability and confidence to reach great heights, yet they don’t have any fear or understanding of the dangers of their explorations. According to […]

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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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