Kool Kids founder to build ‘world-first’ 8-floor medical childcare centre at Southport

A COLOURFUL world-first development that combines medical services and childcare will be the first post-Commonwealth Games project built at the Gold Coast’s Healthand Knowledge Precinct.

The eight-storey Centre of Growth is an initiative of Kool Kids founder Bruce Coulson, whose family is funding the multimillion-dollar project.

He has contracted to buy a 2000sq m block between the Gold Coast University Hospital and Gold Coast Private Hospital and the athletes village, where the jenga block-inspired building will take shape from 2019.

Of the 200 long day care places it will create, 40 per cent will be allocated to children with special needs.

Five-storeys of space will be available for paediatric medical specialists, eliminating the need for parents to ferry children all over the city and beyond to regular appointments.

An artist’s impression of the Kool Kids childcare centre and paediatric and medical care facility planned for the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct. Photo: Supplied Mr Coulson has signed a memorandum of understanding with Gold Coast Health, Griffith University, the council and the precinct’s project office to work together on the development.

“Children will be able to easily access doctors and specialists within the comfort and familiarity of their daycare centre,” he said.

“As well as the long day care service and medical facilities, we are looking to have medical research space with a particular focus on child development, and an Early Years training college.

“We want to collaborate with Griffith University and the hospitals to give students real-life training opportunities and to advance globally significant research into best-practice child development.”

 

Kool Kids founder Bruce Coulson has planned a childcare centre and paediatric and medical care facility at the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct. Photo: Supplied  Mr Coulson expects the project will create about 300 jobs in childcare, medicine, education and allied health and they intend it to be a provider under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

The project has the support of Gold Coast Hospital and Health chairman Ian Langdon, who said it had the potential to change the lives of families of special needs kids.

Mr Langdon witnessed his own family’s challenges raising his grandson Ky, now 17, who has autism.

“It made me realise how little attention the community pays to the difficulties of parents in catering for the needs of these children from an early age,” he said.

 

Gold Coast Health chairman Ian Langdon with his grandson Ky Greenwood 17, who has autism and would have benefited from a centre like the one proposed. Picture Glenn Hampson.

“At the moment, parents of these children have to go here, there and everywhere for appointments.

“This is an exciting vision, a vision that’s completely compatible with what we want, what Griffith University wants and what the Gold Coast City Council wants in this precinct.”

Source: Gold Coast Bulletin

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5 Time Saving Tips to Help Busy Mums Find Balance

Do you feel like you’d have a better chance walking across a tightrope – as an elephant – than successfully balancing work and family life?

If you are ready to make the next move in your career, this can be frustrating. How can you find time to take classes when you barely have time to brush you hair?

Maybe you can squeeze 18 hours of responsibilities into a day. Maybe you’ll create a lunch your toddler will actually eat, read bedtime stories to your kids, and manage meetings and work tasks.

If not, how will you get everything done?

If you jam it all in you’ll need a lot of coffee and very little sleep – not exactly a great combo for maintaining your zen-like composure!

Believe it or not, you can do it. You can live a balanced lifestyle, do the things you need to each day, and fit in classes.

You can even have time left over for a lavender and orange blossom bubble bath and a good book before bed. The secret is healthy time management habits.

Infuse these time-saving tips into your life and find out how much easier a streamlined life can be. (Click to Tweet)

1. Embrace The Digital Era

Fortune 500 companies are saving millions and boosting productivity levels thanks to their powerful business management solutions. You don’t need a dynamic software system to master your operational processes.

But you can revolutionise how you manage your time with a free or relatively inexpensive productivity app like Evernote, Wunderlist, or Any.Do.

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2. Prioritise Your Tasks

It’s well-researched that our will power and ability to concentrate are strongest at the beginning of the day. Get your most challenging tasks done first.

Save folding the laundry and calling back your sister for the end of the day.

3. Dismiss Tech Distractions

They are addicting and they will drain you of precious time – and energy. From TV shows to Facebook, be committed to avoiding modern day distractions unless they are helping you move forward.

4. Plan The Day Before

Spend five minutes at the end of the day planning your tomorrow. Jot down your tasks in your planner, or better yet, use your organisational app.

That way you can get started right away with those heavier tasks when you get up. This will also give you the chance to streamline your workflow; you can plan for running multiple errands at once for example.

5. Make Me Time Every Day

Even if it is only 30 minutes, it’s essential that you set aside some time for yourself each day. (Click to Tweet) Make this time about reconnecting.

Brew a cup of herbal tea and listen to music. Read a book, draw, cook, or work on any other creative project that you have.

While this may feel like you are not ‘getting things done’, you are stopping time for a few moments. It will give you something to look forward to and will help you feel more relaxed while you are running around like a madwoman tomorrow.

When you manage your time well, you have the power to do anything! Want to learn more about taking your career into your own hands? Contact us today.

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Why Changing Careers is Good For You

Do you have your dream job?

If you answer “yes,” you’re one of only 14 percent of people who do. A study for the University of Phoenix in the U.S.A. shows that workers of all ages are unhappy with their careers.

Eighty percent of people in their 20s and 64 percent of people in their 30s wish for a career change. So what’s stopping them?

Face the Fear

The answer is very likely fear. We get used to being in the jobs we’re in, and changing career often feels like a mountain we’re too afraid to move.

But many people are in the completely wrong job for them. It’s not really surprising, as we are so young when we make career choices and they affect the rest of our working lives.

A lot of people end up drifting into jobs that have been chosen for them because they’re not ready to make their career decisions themselves.

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Know It’s Never Too Late

People also avoid changing career because they believe they’re too old, even if they’re desperately unhappy in their job.  (Click to Tweet)

They think people will laugh at them for wanting to retrain, or that they’ll be slower to learn than their younger counterparts. But this belief is actually wrong.

At KKTC we talk to lots of people over 40 and over 50. Many have teenage or early adult children and have been stay-at-home mums, or worked in occupations that are not fulfilling.

When we talk about their experiences we help them unlock their true passion in life. They discover that becoming an educator and engaging with children will bring them great satisfaction and enjoyment.

These conversations are inspiring – it’s like a new energy has surrounded their soul in the space of a conversation. The joy of working with children and helping shape developing minds … now that is real personal fulfilment and meaning.

Studies show that over 80 percent of people who change career after the age of 45 are successful in their new fields. And the people who make that leap are happier and better off than they were before.

Make Your Life Work For You

Career coach Kathy Caprino is often approached by women who want to change careers. She asks them to step back and analyse what’s stopping them from making the jump into a career they’ll really enjoy.

Often it’s a lack of confidence.

“Until you let go of what you’re doing and thinking that keeps you stuck and small, you can’t build a happy, successful career,” she says. She advises them to learn about the field they want to go into and find some friendly, helpful people who have experience of the industry.

Build up a realistic picture of your new field by talking to these people. If it still feels like a good fit, it’s time to start making plans.

Changing careers doesn’t have to be hard.

Reconnect With Your Inner Child

Working in Early Childhood Education and Learning can be an ideal career. (Click to Tweet)

You can reconnect with who you truly are. You know, the person you were before you set foot on a career that was wrong for you.

Being around children will help you to rediscover your own inner child. And you’re likely to rediscover the joy in your own life.

So join us for our next information night. You can talk to people in the industry, and discover for yourself how we boost our students’ confidence and support them to live their dreams.

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Tim Ferriss’s Top Tips for Beating Procrastination

How do you beat procrastination when it’s got you in it’s python-like grip?

It’s hard. Everyone procrastinates, but some people seem to be able to throw it off and get stuff done.

Like Tim Ferris – author of The 4-Hour Workweek. Tim has written four #1 New York Times and Wall Street bestsellers, created TV Series and run successful businesses – but guess what?

He still procrastinates like the rest of us. He just has an arsenal of tools to help him wrench back control.

Want to know what they are? He shares them in this short video.

Here are the key points he shares.

1.   Break Down Projects

Large projects can be overwhelming, so break them down into smaller, more manageable pieces.

2.   Get Super-Specific

Get really specific. Instead of making your goal ‘get a new job’ or ‘change careers’ work out exactly what you’ll do by when.

It’s it easier to achieve goals that are targeted, like ‘research early childhood careers’ and ‘attend an information evening’. You can put time frames next to these specific tasks, too.

3.   Establish Your Next Move

If you’re not sure what your next move should be Tim says to think about what would make the rest of the tasks easier. Is there something on the list that will help you take action?

4.   Make It Easy

Think about how you can make things easy for yourself. Ask yourself, ‘What is the easiest way of achieving that outcome?’

5.   Make Yourself Accountable

Try to find ways to make yourself to commit to achieving your goals. That might mean having an accountability partner or making appointments with yourself.

If you’re studying, see if you can partner up with another student and be accountability partners for each other. That way you’ll both be on track.

Beat Procrastination and Reach For The Stars

So now you know how to unwrap the python of procrastination, imagine what you can achieve.

You might enrol in a new course.

You might find a fabulous new career.

You might even achieve things you only dreamed were possible.

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10 Dr Seuss Quotes to Make You Believe You Can Do Anything

Want to know a secret?

People think career coaching is hard because you have to help people work out what career they want.

But that’s not the case.

Career coaching is hard, but not for that reason. You see, the biggest problem that most people have is not figuring out what career they want.

The biggest problem is fear.

We’ve all met people who’ve told us what they do for a living, and we’ve thought, “Oh wow. I’d LOVE to do that.”

Maybe we’ve even said to them, “Really? You’re so lucky!”

They’re no luckier than you are, but they may be more courageous. They were brave enough to recognise what they wanted and to go after it.

They faced hurdles, just like you do. The difference is that they overcame them.

They persevered until they made it, and you can do that too.

You are just as capable as anyone else. You can chase your dreams and realise them.

You just need to believe in yourself.

That’s why we’ve put together these 10 quotes from Dr Seuss, to make you believe you can do anything.

  1. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go” ~ Dr Seuss (Click to Tweet)

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  1. “So be sure when you step, step with care and great tact. And remember the life’s a great balancing act.” ~ Dr Seuss (Click to Tweet)

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  1. “You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so … get on your way.” ~ Dr Seuss (Click to Tweet)

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  1. “And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed!” ~ Dr Seuss (Click to Tweet)

 

  1. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” ~ Dr Seuss (Click to Tweet)

 

  1. “You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who’ll decide where to go …” ~ Dr Seuss (Click to Tweet)

 

  1. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” ~ Dr Seuss (Click to Tweet)

 

  1. “You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights’! You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.” ~ Dr Seuss (Click to Tweet)

 

  1. “With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.” ~ Dr Seuss (Click to Tweet)

 

  1. “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.” ~ Dr Seusss (Click to Tweet)

 

5 Career Myths I Wish I’d Known When I Finished School

It’s crazy the things we believe. And also what we don’t believe.

When we’re young we believe we can be anything – a dancer, a firefighter, even a superhero.

By the time we leave school we start to believe that life is hard, that we need to make the most money we possibly can and that our interests and hobbies aren’t important.

But what if we’re wrong?

As we get older many of us discover that we should believe a whole lot less in the ‘truths’ we’ve learned, and believe a whole lot more in ourselves.

Here are 5 career myths I wish I’d known when I finished school.

1. Money Makes The Difference

Most people look for the easy option when it comes to choosing a career. They think about the skills they already have and find a job that matches those skills as closely as possible.

What they’re really asking themselves is, ‘How can I make the most money possible with my current skills and knowledge?’

The problem is that this doesn’t lead to happiness. What we should be asking ourselves is, ‘what do I dream of doing?’ and ‘what career would make me happy?’

2. Interests and Hobbies Don’t Matter

Once we leave school we often sideline our interests. We might enjoy drawing or singing for example, but we think it’s a hobby. We believe we need a ‘real job’ to sustain us.

The thing is that our interests are a gateway to finding a career that lights us up inside. If you’re interested in singing and dancing you might believe that the only option is to be a struggling artist or – if you’re lucky – a sought after performer.

But that’s not your only choice. There are a whole range of options available, including teaching children to sing, or caring for children while bringing them joy with your voice.

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3. Careers Progress Naturally

We often start out with a job, and one role leads to another due to the opportunities that arise. We end up bouncing from one thing to the next, virtually on autopilot.

We settle for good enough when we could have great and it can take decades to realise that careers should be planned.

We need to have goals to strive toward and we need guidance and direction to create a career path. More importantly, we need to have the courage to discover what we want and then go after it.

4. Bad Bosses Are Part Of Life

When we’re young we often put up with difficult situations because we don’t realise we have options.

We put up with poor managers, unhappy work environments and even jobs that just don’t suit us because we think we have to. We believe  everyone has to deal with this stuff, it’s part of life.

But it’s not true. We’re just ignoring the signs that we need a change.

5. Safe And Secure Wins

We often think that doing what we know leads to safety and security. We don’t want to take a risk and try something new.

The problem is that employers can tell that we’re just going through the motions and meeting requirements. They can also tell who’s genuinely engaged and passionate about what they do.

Great organisations take passion and engagement over experience any day because skills and knowledge can be taught. But you can’t teach someone to be enthusiastic about a career that doesn’t light them up.

Believe In Yourself

You don’t have to be like everyone else. You don’t have to settle for making the most money you can in the ‘easiest’ but most soul-sucking way possible.

Instead, you can believe in yourself. You can discover a career that brings satisfaction and fulfilment as well as a reliable income.

Contact us and find out how we can help you change your life, today.

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5 Warning Signs Your Life is on Autopilot

Are you settling for adequate when you could have great?

A lot of people do. They complain about their jobs but say, “Oh well, at least I have a job.”

They’re envious of people who follow their passion and love their work, but they don’t think they can do that too.

They coast along on autopilot and wonder why other people have happy, fulfilling lives.

Are you doing it too? Check the warning signs we’ve put together.

1.  You Don’t Know What’s Most Important

You don’t know what’s most important to you. You’re so busy just getting through the day that you don’t stop and think about your priorities.

You don’t evaluate and ask yourself if things could be better. You stick to what you know while inwardly hoping the perfect career will fall into your lap when you least expect it.

That’s a myth you need to stop believing.

2.  You Never Have Enough Time

You’re so busy racing through each day you don’t have time for the people and activities you love. You find yourself wasting time on social media, or flaked in front of the television at the end of the day.

But you don’t have quality time for yourself. You’re not living your life intentionally, and you can’t find the inspiration to follow your dreams.

3.   You Lack Motivation

Your job isn’t enjoyable but it’s tolerable. It pays well and your life is comfortable so why change?

Maybe you’ve thought about doing something different but it seems like too much effort. Maybe you don’t know how you’ll find the time or effort to change.

Maybe you just haven’t noticed all the signs that it’s time for a career change.

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4.  You’ve Stopped Planning Fun Times

You really know your life is on autopilot of you’re not planning weekends away or fun activities. You remember what fun is, right?

Time with family or friends, going to a movie or concert or having a night out.

5.  You Don’t Have a 3-5 Year Plan

This is a big one, particularly if you’re not actually happy at the moment. You need to have a plan for how you want your life to be in the future.

Career change doesn’t have to be hard. Work out how you want your life to be, and start implementing changes bit by bit.

If you don’t start, you’ll never make progress.

Live Life to The Full

Imagine looking back on your life and wondering what might have been. Imagine all those years that you could have been happy.

Are you really prepared to make that sacrifice?

Don’t live your life on autopilot until it’s too late to change. Wake up and take charge.

You can live your dreams just as well as anyone else. You deserve happiness as much as anyone else.

Contact us and find out how we can help you change your life, today.

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5 Things to Do When You Hate Your Job

There’s nothing worse is there?

Nothing worse than going into a job you hate. Day after day.

Every morning you drag yourself into the place, wishing you could call in sick. But you’re not that sort of person.

You just hate your job, but you’re not alone. There are millions of people out there doing it.

All of them trying to become immune. And all of them dying a little bit inside. Every day.

The crazy thing is that it really doesn’t have to be this way. Despite how powerless you might feel, you actually have a lot of control over the situation.

Here are 5 things to do when you hate your job.

1.  Reduce Personal Stress

When you feel your job is sucking the life-force, and energy, out of you then it’s time to rethink and rebalance. (Click to Tweet) Try to reduce the stress in other parts of your life as much as possible.

Free up some personal time by getting rid of any option extras, and start prioritising self-care. Do things you enjoy. Hang out with people who make you feel good.

It won’t make you love your job, but it will make life easier and more enjoyable. We all have limits, and you need to reduce the amount of stress you’re currently experiencing.

2.  Review Your Hours

Take a look at the hours you’re spending at work. Are they too long? What would your ideal week look like?

Before you start thinking, “I can’t change my hours” stop and rephrase the question. If you ask yourself, “How can I change this?” you’ll start thinking of creative solutions.

Maybe you can cut back on some expenses and work fewer hours. Or maybe you can negotiate other solutions with your employer.

3.  Strengthen Your Connections

If you’re struggling to find meaning or satisfaction in your current role, build connections. By strengthening your connections with your colleagues you’ll feel a greater sense of purpose.

When you strengthen your connections with your friends and family you’ll also feel more supported, better understood, and stronger emotionally. If you decide to make a change they’ll understand your reasons and support you through the transition.

4.   Discover Your Strengths And Passions

Learn about your strengths and passions, and try to find ways to incorporate them into your current role. If you’re not sure where to start try this free strengths finder.

You may find a whole range of ways you can use your strengths in your current workplace. If not, you’ll at least be able to see clear signs you should be in a different role.

5.  Create An Exit Plan

Ultimately, life is too short to spend years of your life feeling unhappy. (Click to Tweet) So, if you decide you want to create a greater impact in the world and experience more purpose and satisfaction, you may need an exit plan.

While it may seem daunting, it is possible to change careers without losing your mind.

More and more people are opting to stop living a lie, and start creating a life they enjoy. And you can do it too.

We support people just like you. We help them believe in themselves and create a life they love.

Contact us and find out how we can help you change your life, today.

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5 Reasons to Pursue a Career in Early Childhood Education

Maybe you’re tempted, but you’re not sure if you should make the leap.

You may have been thinking about a career in early childhood education and learning, but you’re not sure if it’s right for you.

That’s ok. Starting a career, or making a career change, can be a big decision. It’s scary.

Particularly if you are going to undertake training. You don’t want to put in all that effort and find out it’s not a great industry to work in.

That’s why we’ve put together 5 reasons to pursue a career in early childhood and education.

Take a look and see why you should be considering a career in this industry today.

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Early childhood education is a growing industry that brings great adventures and satisfaction to the right people.

Not sure if you’re the right person?

Check out our infographic on the 7 signs you should be working in early childhood education.

Then come along to our next Information Night where you can meet the trainers, ask questions about the course options and see our great college facility! If you can’t make it in person, register and dial in via webinar.

Go on, take the leap. It’s rewarding, fun and will fill you with happiness.

The Top 10 Quotes to Inspire You To Follow Your Dreams

Following your dreams can be scary.

You wonder if you’ll be able to make it, or even if you should try.

It takes courage, determination and grit to decide to take control of your life and your destiny. Some days you wonder if it’s all worth it. Some days you wonder if you’ll ever get there.

I’m here to tell you that you can. And you will.

You are not alone. Everyone experiences self-doubt.

That’s why we’ve put together our top 10 quotes to inspire you take hold of your life and your dreams, and hold on tight.

“Don’t wait. Life goes faster than you think.” ~ Unknown

 

“Today is a perfect day to start living your dreams.” ~ Unknown (Click to Tweet)

 

“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

 

“If your dream doesn’t scare you, it isn’t big enough.” ~ Unknown

 

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” ~ Walt Disney

 

“Every morning you have two choices: continue to sleep with you dreams, or wake up and chase them.” ~ Unkown

 

“Never be afraid of something new. Remember, amateurs built the Ark; professionals built the titanic.” ~Unknown

 

“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts.” ~ Albert Einstein

 

“Every pro was once an amateur. Ever expert was once a beginner. So dream big. And start now.” ~ Unknown

 

“If it’s both terrifying and amazing then you should definitely pursue it.” ~ Unknown (Click to Tweet)