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NQS Rating: Practical strategies to improve your centre’s performance

NQS Rating: Practical strategies to improve your centre’s performance

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Achieving an NQS Rating of ‘Exceeding’ is the goal for most childcare centres when undergoing their assessment under the National Quality Framework. Your NQS Rating helps your centre to recognise that you are delivering a high standard of education and care. In addition, your NQS Rating can have an impact on your centre’s occupancy, with […]

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The TOP qualities to help you thrive as an early childhood educator

The TOP qualities to help you thrive as an early childhood educator

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Careers in early childhood education can be rewarding, diverse and fun. The impact you have on young people can transform their lives and enrich yours, and the industry itself continues to grow and thrive too. And there are a few top qualities that can help you thrive as an early childhood educator. Government legislation such […]

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Promoting happiness and health with bush and beach kinder

Promoting happiness and health with bush and beach kinder

Monday, January 6, 2020

Bush kinder is inspired by the ‘forest schools’ of Denmark and Scandinavia and has been growing in popularity in Australia over the last few years. The degradation of our natural environment from recent bushfires has demonstrated how vital it is to help the next generation grow into caring, compassionate individuals who love and respect and […]

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How plants can foster wellbeing in early childhood centres

How plants can foster wellbeing in early childhood centres

Monday, December 9, 2019

A focus on wellbeing in the workplace is vital for individuals working in childcare. It’s important that educators have the support, tools and opportunities needed to foster positive feelings which can then flow through the centre, especially in times of seasonal stress! There are always going to be times that are more stressful than others. For […]

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6 Eco-friendly Christmas activities for children

6 Eco-friendly Christmas activities for children

Monday, December 9, 2019

There’s no other time of year that has brings about the level of excitement in children that Christmas does, is there?! Coming up with fresh and fun Xmas activities each year can be tricky, so we’ve compiled a few that children will love — and so will the environment. Creating a healthy and happy future […]

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Building connections and promoting positive behaviour with children on the spectrum

Building connections and promoting positive behaviour with children on the spectrum

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Jess Sugarman trained as a trained Occupational Therapist. She started her career developing early intervention programs in early childhood centres for children between two and five years old who presented with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In her talk at Catalyst’s early childhood education and care industry roundtable, Jess addressed the strategies that can be used to best support children who present with ASD or other behavioural difficulties. Watch Jessica’s industry […]

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Time-saving digital tools for child care centres

Time-saving digital tools for child care centres

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Tracking enrolments, attendance and fees, documenting children’s learning, staff development and effective hiring are vital when running a successful childcare service. Thankfully technology that has been developed, sometimes specifically for the child care industry, helps make the administration of early childhood more streamlined and efficient for everyone. In this article, we’ve flagged some great tools […]

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Overcoming study challenges to achieve goals

Overcoming study challenges to achieve goals

Monday, November 4, 2019

Recently, we were reminded of how hard work and dedicated trainer support can transform a person from being an apprehensive student, nervous about studying, into a confident, job-ready candidate! A massive congratulations to Gemma Rubenstein for overcoming her study challenges and completing her  Diploma of School Age  Education and Care and taking this HUGE step towards achieving her career goals!   […]

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Reggio Emilia-inspired early childhood education

Reggio Emilia-inspired early childhood education

Thursday, October 17, 2019

There is no single way to approach early childhood education. In fact, there are a variety of educational philosophies old and new which childcare professionals draw upon. One renowned philosophy is the Reggio Emilia approach, and this article looks at what Reggio Emilia involves and the potential benefits of this approach in childcare settings. What […]

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