Child Care Industry News June 7, 2016 |®
Child Care Industry News
June 7, 2016
Welcome, struggling with high staff turnover? This week learn about the top 10 mistakes business owners make when recruiting staff, also a new mental wellbeing resource for the early childhood sector.
Top 10 recruitment mistakes
Our 2016 Child Care and Workforce Participation survey revealed that for many early childhood providers attracting and retaining high quality, qualified staff prevails as one of the biggest challenges facing the sector and business owner.

There are many reasons why staff turnover rates may be high; people often quote the low salaries paid to early childhood workers and the long hours as compared to those worked by primary school teachers. There is also the simple fact that while working in the early childhood sector is rewarding and immensely satisfying, it is hard and exhausting.

Staff attrition rates may also be linked to hiring practices. As anyone who has advertised and recruited for a position will know it can be confusing and overwhelming filtering through a pile of CVs and then interviewing a group of eager candidates who will likely say anything if they think will increase their chances of gaining a job.

American small business expert Will Helmlinger has put together a list of the top 10 mistakes businesses owners make when recruiting new staff, have you done any of these when looking for your next team member?
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Resources to support mental wellbeing in young children
Quality Area 2 of the National Quality Standard: Children's health and safety requires early childhood education and care providers to support the wellbeing of children in their service.

According to Belonging, Being and Becoming- The Early Years Learning Framework, wellbeing includes good physical health, feelings of happiness, satisfaction and social functioning. It influences the way children interact in their environments. A strong sense of wellbeing provides children with confidence and optimism which maximises their learning potential.

To support early childhood providers with this responsibility, KidsMatter Early Childhood, a national initiative focusing on children's mental health and wellbeing, has developed a range of resources and programs which providers can access for this purpose.

These resources include downloadable posters which can be displayed around your service as well as information sheets and online tools.

By becoming an official KidsMatter Early Childhood Service you can also access whole of service professional learning and gain individualised support from the KidsMatter team.

For more information and to access the bespoke early childhood resources click here.
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