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Children's Services at the Convent's Open Day

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Early Childhood Education is crucial to children's development. On Sunday, 9 November the Abottsford Convent's Open Day offers a prime opportunity to explore study and career opportunities in Children's Services in general and in Early childhood Education. The opportunities for committed early childhood educators and children's service workers are vast, to not only make an ethical career and earn a respectable salary, but to make a real difference for the better in the lives of kids.You'll be able to join Organisational Learning Australia, one of Melbourne's leading childhood educators, at the Abbotsford Convent to explore your own career and childcare...

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Open Day 2014

Posted by Ujjval Goble on

Save the Date.  Sunday 9th November is set to be a ripper open day.  Colloborating with the Bendigo Bank we hope to bring heaps of exciting activities for adults and children.  Fingers crossed for fantastic weather!

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Profile: Sue Micklewright

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Sue is Coordinator for Ignite Minds which trades as a Family Day Care and Dragonfly Toys volunteers as President of Lilydale Community Child Care Inc (LCCCI) which operates the 3 centres in the south eastern area of Melbourne. Sue often gives her weekends up to wield chainsaws or collect dingo diggers and supervise working bees at Early Learning Centres. In her spare time, Sue writes children's stories. Sue started out with the desire to be a ‘top flight nanny’ in England - a nanny that works with the Aristocracy and Royalty. This required a 5 year qualification as a Chef followed...

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What is Family Day Care?

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There are so may opportunities to work in Family Day Care that we cannot train enough Early childhood Educators to meet current demand. So many people ask 'What is Family Day Care' but very few understand what are their rights and responsibilities when working under a Family Day Care Scheme. I have tried to answer some of the common questions below: What Qualifications do I need to work as a Family Day Care Educator? You must be enrolled in and actively progressing toward the completion of an approved Certificate III Children's Services or higher qualification All approved qualifications are listed...

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Diploma Children's Services has been a huge success in Shepparton

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Hats off to Julie Ruddle in Shepparton!! Our Diploma of Children's Services course has taken off increasing from 9 to 25 enrolments over 2 classess in 6 weeks! Unfortunately we are fully booked. If you missed out, we are taking expressions of interest for classes in either Diploma of Children's Services or Cert III Children's Services to commence in April 2014. Our students love Julie 'she is really a great person' and have told us classess are thoughtful and engaging. If your interested to find out more about our Shepparton classes or would like to lodge an expression of interest...

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Certificate III Children's Services in Bendigo

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Our Certificate III Children's services course in Bendigo has become a great success. This succcess can be attributed to the relationships Lisa Staley, Mark Castle and students have created with the local Bendigo community. The course has been designed to meet the needs of jobseekers and people with little or no exposure to the Children's Services industry. Key to the success of our graduates is that they all participate in work experience activities for atleast 5 hours per week and for a minimum of 105 hours over 6 months. This is like an extended job interview and many of our...

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Changing Education Paradigms

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Food for thought, Ken Robinson provides an alternative narative for how fun and creativity are 'educated out' of our children.  OLA provides education to Australia's Early Childhood Education and Care professionals.  We have seen the benefits of early education - not academic and structured learning but the systematic nurturing of creativity and convergent thinking.   Check our RSA Animate and let us know your thoughts.

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Powerful reasons to build social capital

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Social capital may not be just about the class or postcode you were brought up in.  Particularily in Australia where 12% of the countries poorest kids will be in the top 20% of income earners, there is a need to reexamine our attitudes towards education and work.  Clinical psychologist Meg Jay has a bold message for twentysomethings: Contrary to popular belief, your 20s are not a throwaway decade. In this provocative talk, Jay says that just because marriage, work and kids are happening later in life, doesn’t mean you can’t start planning now. She gives 3 pieces of advice for...

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