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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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Introducing mindfulness to children

Introducing mindfulness to children

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The first five years of life are fundamental to a child’s future. The most crucial period of rapid brain development takes place during these early years and lays the foundation for children’s health, happiness, growth and wellbeing. The first five years are also when a child will likely spend time in early childhood education services, […]

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What is Skills First Funding and how do I access it?

What is Skills First Funding and how do I access it?

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

If you’re in Victoria and you’ve been researching your government-funded course options, or looking into what government funding is available to you for your early childhood education and care course, you have probably come across Skills First funding. The jargon can be confusing, so let’s do away with get clear on answers to questions like […]

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How to become a kindergarten teacher assistant

How to become a kindergarten teacher assistant

Monday, September 30, 2019

Kindergarten usually refers to the year of education that leads up to commencing primary school. As a kindergarten assistant, you’ll work with children who are aged between 3 and 5-years old. Kindergarten, kindy, pre-school, 3 or 4-year old kinder — whatever you know it as, just about everyone has fond memories of being in kindergarten! […]

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