Category Archives: Professional Development

5 Steps to Retaining Great Employees

They’re invaluable, aren’t they? Great employees I mean. Particularly in the early learning environment. It’s critical to retain great staff in our industry because kids need stability. They bond with their carers and get upset when they leave. Unfortunately, we’re in an industry that tends to have high staff turnover. But if you can change … Continue reading 5 Steps to Retaining Great Employees

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7 Reasons to Invest in Staff Training and Development

It’s an easy mistake to make. Skimping on staff training, I mean. But it causes a lot of problems. It can result in poor staff performance, not to mention guilt. You know what I mean. That horrible feeling of self-recrimination. The remorse that comes from knowing we’re at least a little to blame for a … Continue reading 7 Reasons to Invest in Staff Training and Development

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How To Make Sure Your Early Learning Centre Stands Out From The Crowd

Running an early learning centre can be tough. In an ideal world, you’d hang out your shingle and be inundated with loyal families, clamouring for your services. But the reality is somewhat different, isn’t it? We all know there are lots of centres out there competing for families. And we know that they vary in … Continue reading How To Make Sure Your Early Learning Centre Stands Out From The Crowd

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How To Build A Childcare Team You Can Be Proud Of

  A successful team is a group of many hands and one mind. ~ Bill Bethel Many organisations are trying to do more with less by relying on the efficiency of teams. That means that teamwork is more important than ever, and it’s critical that teams work well together. Failures in teamwork have caused serious workplace … Continue reading How To Build A Childcare Team You Can Be Proud Of

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How To Harness the Power of Critical Reflection

Confusing isn’t it? Understanding critical reflection and knowing how to use it to implement a childcare program. What is ‘critical reflection’? How is it relevant to childcare? How do you use it to meet Element 1.2.3 of the NQS? It’s all so … difficult. But it doesn’t have to be. There’s really three simple steps … Continue reading How To Harness the Power of Critical Reflection

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