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For students and educators it's important that we use a range of different observation methods from running records, learning stories to photographs and work samples. Using a variety of different observation methods can assist you in observing a child's interest, skills, abilities, and needs. It provides a foundation for a child's individual assessment and planning. Collecting a series of observations…
One of the questions that I always seem to get asked when is which course provider is the best, where do I study, have you got any suggestions? It's hard to find a course provider because there are so many available. Each course provider is different, their offers differ in some way or another and what works for others, may…
As educators we have an opportunity to embed sustainability practices within our services thus making children aware of their impact on the environment and ways to minimise it. It’s imperative that we play an active role to assist children and families to understand sustainability issues, concepts and practices. The following article Yearly Calendar Of Environmental Events can be used to…
Couple of days ago I received a complaint from a course provider stating that students in the class have been copying and pasting assignment answers from the Aussie Childcare Network support forum. It saddens me to hear that the information provided on the forum is being misused by some students. Copying answers from the forum itself is considered plagiarism and…
For educators looking for a job, you've seen a position that you’re interested in, you have a resume but it asks you to respond to the Key Selection Criteria When Applying For A Job. This outlines the qualities, knowledge and skills needed to complete the job and helps employers look for someone with a specific set of skills and experiences.…
Whether you are doing a Cert 3 or a Diploma traineeship or thinking about doing a traineeship it’s a good idea to understand what wages you will be receiving and the conditions of your traineeship. The article Childcare Traineeship Wages and Conditions will provide you with details of the minimum wages you will be expected to receive as a trainee,…
As of the 01 January 2016 new ratio requirements have been put in place across Australia (except TAS & WA). These new ratio changes are for the better. Giving more opportunities for qualified students to gain employment opportunities and for services to bridge the gap and create better working conditions for their employees. It takes a huge load off our…
Over past few weeks I have been noticing there has been quite a few educators very concerned about how they are being treated unfairly in the workplace. It's so important that we all form positive relationships with one other to build a strong foundation for children's learning. Conflicts are bound to happen and knowing how to handle a conflict that…

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