Leadership & Service Management
We’ve put together a few handy pointers to help you land your dream job in childcare. From preparing for your interview to common childcare interview questions and answers.
Whether you pursue a career as an early childhood teacher, establish your own family daycare or work for a family as an au pair, there’s a common set of skills that are required.
Care For Kids is the #1 way parents search and connect with ECEC providers. Follow our 5 tips to show parents why your service should be at the top of their list.
First impressions matter, and we want you to make an impression that lasts. That's why we've put together 5 ways to make your ECEC service the centre of attention.
Retaining passionate early educators has become a challenge in the wake of COVID, with many leaving the industry. Here we list reasons why, and how to counteract these issues.
We share feedback from 8 parents who the old saying ‘when you know, you know’ definitely rings true. Here’s what made them say ‘WOW’ after the centre tour.
Location, fees, programs, parking, reviews, kind educators? These are the 6 key things Australian families look for when searching for the perfect ECEC for their children.
In our recent research, we asked parents what the challenges were when looking for Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) for their little ones. We wanted to know where the pain points were, and how it made them feel.
Receiving negative feedback about your early childhood service never feels great but it’s important to remember that negative reviews and comments can actually be a good thing.
Encouraging the parents in your community to write reviews for your CareforKids.com.au profile is a truly effective way to spread the word about your centre and the service you offer.
Wellbeing strategies for early educators to prevent burnout over the silly season and beyond.
7 simple ideas for helping children build resilience in a stressful world.
How to develop and implement an effective mentoring program and how it drives a growth culture.
Learn how to use reflective practice to overcome your feelings of tiredness and exhaustion.
Cytomegalovirus can be easily transmitted in early learning settings, learn how to control CMV to reduce the risk for pregnant women.
Six ideas for educators seeking to maximise the learning opportunities of reading sessions with children.
Six strategies to help early educators manage their stress response, which can be practised in the workplace.
How the Partnering With Parents program can be used as a tool for early childhood educators to facilitate better communication with parents.
How Australia’s copyright laws apply in early education settings and why most services need a Childcare and Early Learning Services license if they want to use the work created by artists.
Ten top tips for becoming a more reflective early educator.
Why staff retention is such a challenge in the early education sector and what factors need to change to ensure high quality early educators stay in their jobs for longer.
Psychologist Nicole Nossiter, the founder of Growing Strong Minds, explains how early childhood educators can support the wellbeing of young children through positive psychology.
Early childhood expert Adrian Pattra offers 10 ideas for directors wanting to improve their team meetings and use them as a forum to inspire and motivate educators and staff.
Early learning services were required to rapidly rethink engagement strategies in light of the COVID-19 lockdown. This article explains how to make the most of the lessons learnt.
Adrian Pattra from Farran Street Education explains how early childhood managers can better recognise what educators need to successfully navigate through and adapt to change.
After a spate of break-ins in early childhood centres, this article offers suggestions for reviewing and implementing simple and effective crime and vandalism prevention strategies in early childhood settings.
Inspired EC’s Nicole Halton explains how regular reflective practice can motivate and energise early educators and how reflective journals can be a useful tool for achieving this.
Simple, cost effective strategies early childhood service managers can use to boost team morale and wellbeing during times of change and uncertainty.
Early Childhood Educators’ Day is tomorrow Wednesday 2 September. This article offers ideas for marking this special event with the educators, children and families in early childhood services.
Interaction with animals offers children a range of developmental opportunities and benefits. Learn about the range of services available to give children this experience without committing to a centre pet.
New research from Edith Cowan University, has shown that spending an extra fifty cents per day on healthier food could deliver significant dividends to the health and wellbeing of children.
Be more than a Centre Manager with Guardian.
Five priority areas to support and sustain quality improvement among early childhood services and the important role of service leaders and individual educators.
Learn how to reboot and revive your enrolment strategy by taking a close look at the effectiveness of your tours, how well you are engaging families and how to convert lookers into bookers.
COVID-19 has left many people feeling anxious and uncertain. This article looks at the ways early childhood leaders can support staff and help people feel connected and engaged in their workplace.
Two new online resources to support learning and professional development among the early childhood workforce.
Four questions you should never ask during a job interview and tips for running a great interview to ensure you maximise your chances of securing the best candidate for the job.
The-safety commissioner has developed a suite of New resources from the e-safety commissioner to support early childhood educators with digital technology, in light of COVID-19.
Tips for services struggling to engage with families post COVID-19 and suggests a rethink of communication strategies to ensure the messaging and delivery is meeting it's intended target.
How educators can work safely and reduce the risk of injuring their neck and back while lifting and playing with children.
This article explores the pros and cons of digital early learning portfolios and the more traditional paper portfolio.
COVID-19 Amazing early childhood services – Chapter two!
Innovation and compassion driving early childhood services response to lockdown.
Free online professional development courses can be undertaken in an educator’s own time and at their own pace offering invaluable new skills.
How to manage tricky conversations with parents to ensure great outcomes for children, parents and service providers.
Early childhood expert Nicole Halton from Inspired EC explains how high quality educators have wide ranging skills and experiences which should not be judged by age or parental status.
The implications of AI for early childhood services and what roles robots could potentially have in caring and educating for young children.
Three key strategies to becoming a better early childhood leader and how to bring out the best in your team.
The benefits of inter-generational care and how qualifications could grow their numbers.
9 simple ways to improve self-care and boost wellbeing in your early childhood service.
Research shows that strong partnerships between an early childhood centre and families can reduce social disadvantage, contribute positively to improved child outcomes and increase social inclusion.
Our free Marketing Guide for the Early Childhood Sector, outlines a range of simple strategies for boosting the profile of your service.
Positive communication helps avoid potential issues before they arise and can assist in favourable referrals, but it's also a key way to maximise the development and wellbeing of children.
It's important to make a great first impression on families and to run a professional and informative tour, which leads to touring families converting to enrolments.
Tips for running a successful job interview for early childhood directors recruiting staff.
One of the most challenging, time consuming, and subsequently costly elements of running an early childhood centre is the recruitment, training, and retention of quality staff members.
How to communicate with parents when there is an important or sensitive issue to discuss.
Why is the number of men in early education still so low?
Encouraging parents to rate and review your service on your CareforKids.com.au profile is an way to spread the word about your centre and the service you offer for children and families.
How to convert customer queries into a successful enrolment.
What makes a great teacher and how teachers add value to the developmental experience of children.
In early education high turnover of staff can be a real problem for providers so it's important to try and attract the right people for your service without breaking the bank.
Staff recruitment strategies for early education managers and directors.
Here are five reasons why a family may choose to leave your service.
How to build a more motivated workforce, to reduce absenteeism, boost productivity, improve reputation, increase profit and improve staff morale.
Increased competition among services has been great for families, learn how to expand your offering and make it more appealing to parents.
While the battle for a pay increase for the early childhood sector continues, many centre managers, directors and owners face daily concerns about attracting and retaining their staff.
How providing employee feedback, both formally and informally, can drive constant improvement in your early learning service.
Using social media to boost engagement within your parent community as well as extend your market reach.
5 important factors to consider if you are considering an app or digital platform for your early learning service.
Easing first day nerves for new early education team members, and why you should.
Writing better marketing copy to showcase your best qualities and effectively reach parents.
Developing a marketing plan to attract new families to your services, and why this is important.
Simple ideas for recruiting and retaining high quality staff for your early learning service.
Legal obligations for early education employers when it comes to paying staff what they are owed.
Timesaving tools to significantly improve communication with educators/teachers and families.
Strategies for reducing staff turnover and maintining the staff you have.
Educators go above and beyond their job description to ensure children are nurtured, encouraged and given the support they need to grow and develop to the best of their ability.
Strategies for addressing & embracing the digitally empowered parent.
6 steps to a healthier business.
Getting it right in the first 1000 days.
Congrats to KU 2017 Employer of Choice.
Staff evaluations: Why to and how to.
Turning negative reviews into positive outcomes.
STEM is boring …or is it?
8 awesome early childhood blogs that will make your life easier.
Employment and Workforce Participation 2017 Survey results.
New resources and guidance for FDC providers.
Registration requirements for early childhood teachers.
Child Care in the Spotlight Results of our 2017 Child Care & Workforce Participation Survey are in.
Changes to the National Quality Framework following a review of the National Partnership Agreement on the National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care that began in 2014.
Nominations for the 2017 Australian Family Early Education and Care Awards are open.
ACECQA’s guide for people interested in opening an early childhood education and care business including premises, quality standards and more.