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Ashley shares why she loved studying Early Education and Care at EIM Training

My name is Ashley and I’m a mother in my 30’s. Studying again after my traineeship in Child Care 13 years ago was not on my radar, until I got the urge to come back into this field of work after having my 3 girls.

Studying my Diploma to advance my skill set and push myself to be better came easily to me once I started working again. I started back at Community Kids Coomera where my daughters went for day care and afterschool care. I have been with Community Kids for 3 years but as of January 2022, I will be moving over to Kool Kids Pacific Pines to take on an opportunity to work in a Kindergarten room while I study my Bachelor degree – an opportunity I am extremely grateful for.

I moved over to EIM from Open Colleges 2 years ago and it was a great decision for me. I felt more supported through EIM and loved how my trainer would come and visit me in my workplace to
check how I was tracking and answer any questions I had. I really value that quality of teaching with an institute -it helped motivate when I was stuck in a rut and my trainer was always helpful and answered every question.

I managed to finish Diploma in Early Education and Care within the 2 years and liked how excited my trainer was for me to have graduated, I appreciate those small things. I found the online portal easy to use and loved tracking my progress along the way. Because I was working throughout my diploma studies, I was fortunate enough to do more recognition of prior learning units (RPL’S) which helped me get my Diploma within the 2-year time frame.

Throughout my studies I would talk with my trainer about my future career and study goals and how after I finish my Diploma, I want to start studying my bachelor degree in early childhood education. To have the knowledge from my Diploma and working fulltime in the Early Childhood industry, I have no doubt I have set myself up for greater success in my Bachelor studies.

I am excited for my future and where I am taking myself and am really happy with choosing EIM to advance myself into the next level of my career. I cannot fault EIM and how they conduct themselves and help their students. I had the most amazing experience with EIM and while I am excited to have graduated, I am also sad I won’t see my trainer monthly.

Thankyou EIM for giving me an exceptional study experience, I know for the future if anybody is wondering where to go to further their studies, career, knowledge that I will suggest EIM to study through. Great experience all round, 5 out of 5 stars!

EIM trainer Dianne shares why she loves teaching Early Childhood Education and Care

Hi my name is Dianne and I am a Trainer in Early Childhood Education and Care.

I have 15 years’ experience in the childcare industry and have a very strong desire to help make the childcare industry a better place for all children, educators, families and our communities.

My career started as a trainee within a centre, I then finished my Certificate III and went on to do my Diploma.

I knew from the first day that this is where I was supposed to be – it truly is an amazing career.

As an educator, there has been lots of opportunities to work in different roles throughout the centre as a cultural educator, sustainability educator, WHS educator, supervisor and educational leader.

I believe children have the right to create, explore and learn though play base learning. By giving them lots of opportunities to practice and extend on their social, emotional and self-help plus self-
care skills.

My aim as a trainer is to build skills in educators so they can go out into the workplace and have a really good understanding of what is required of them as an educator.

I give them lots of opportunities to practice and to be confident in what will happen when they get to placement so they understand that children learn best when they play and explore.

To start, I help them become familiar with policy and procedures, WHS practices, cleaning procedures, supervision and ratios.

Also, It’s important they are aware of their actions and to understand they have a duty of care to all children.

One of the wonderful rewards of my job is to see where the students start from and watch as they grow and build on their skill set and gain industry knowledge and confidence, which builds a better future for the children of tomorrow.

How to communicate post-separation?

Separation can be an extremely difficult time, especially when children are involved. As our emotions are likely to be heightened during this time, it is essential that we prioritise the interests of those ‘caught in the middle’ – the children.

To help you during this difficult time, we have a few tips:

1. Keep all communication short and simple
Take all emotions out of the equation by sending business-like messages. This will help you keep the conversations short and polite, whilst still gathering the information you were seeking from the other parent. You should seek to use your communications to discuss matters relating to your children, not as an opportunity to raise personal feelings towards each other.

2. Be respectful
As difficult as it may be to put the emotions aside, it is essential that as parents you remain able to communicate with each other. This is the first step towards ensuring a healthy co-parenting relationship. As much as you can, you should speak positively about the other parent so as to make your children feel safe and comfortable, rather than ‘caught in the middle’. Avoid at all costs posting on social media about the other parents, the circumstances or any inflammatory posts.

3. Message on a safe platform
Any separation will be stressful and can result in parents scattering messages to each other across a number of platforms including social media, text messages, emails. We recommend that to ensure that all your messages regarding your children are stored safely and securely, you should download a co-parenting app. This will be particularly useful in the event you need to search through them to find information at a later date. Further, no communications can be deleted.

4. Be understanding
Begin by accepting that both parents are probably going through the same thing. As times are stressful, things might be said that should not be said. Answering angry messages with angry messages is not going to help the situation. Remember that helping the other dealing with this time can be helpful to your matter overall, especially as this will ultimately benefit the children.

5. Communicating directly is better
Although it may be difficult to communicate with the other parent, it is always better to deal with things without having to go through intermediaries. In the interest of maintaining a healthy relationship for your children, it is important that the children are not used to pass messages between parents, even when they are older.

If you need help with your separation, the team at Richardson Murray can look after your legal affairs so you can focus on you. Feel free to book a free initial consultation here.

New Domestic Violence Laws and Initiatives

Victims of domestic violence can soon terminate rental leases with one week’s notice, thanks to new rental laws passed in Queensland Parliament last week.

Those escaping violent relationships are usually reluctant to do so due to financial hardship, among other reasons. A victim can become discouraged from leaving and the often violent cycle continues, as they are left with no choice but to remain in their current circumstances.

However, the new laws allow victims to terminate their lease and access their share of the bond, making escaping their situation slightly more achievable. Under section 308A of the Housing Legislation Amendment Bill 2021, a tenant who can “no longer safely continue to occupy a premise because of domestic violence may end their interest in the tenancy” with 7 days notice.

Not only this, but once passed, the legislation will also allow tenants to change the locks on their rental without requiring their landlord’s consent. Section 211 allows a tenant to change locks if they have a “reasonable excuse” or it is “necessary because of an emergency”.

Of course, these victim tenants must provide evidence to their landlord or property manager of their domestic violence experience, such as a protection order, court injunction or evidence document signed by a social worker. These overdue changes will amend the latest Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008, supporting victims as they flee violent relationships for a better life, instead of leaving them stuck and bound to a lease which, instead of providing a safe home, may be putting them at further risk.

Alongside these empowering new laws, women and children leaving violent relationships can access a one-off $5,000 payment from this week – made up of $1,500 cash, with the remainder put towards payment of a rental bond, school fees or other essential items – known as the Escaping Violence Payment, part of a $1.1billion safety package announced in the May budget. Again, applicants must supply evidence of financial stress and domestic violence.

Queensland is leading by example when it comes to recognition of victims of domestic violence. If any of the above circumstances apply to you, please contact our office and we will be able to assist you.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with our team at Richardson Murray here.

De-facto relationship break-up entitlements in Australia

A de-facto relationship is defined in section 4AA of the Family Law Act, and includes partners who:

… have a relationship as a couple, living together on a genuine domestic basis.

De-facto couples are those who are not married. So, what happens if they separate? Is the division of property viewed the same as married couples?

In order for the court to hear your application, the court will consider the following matters:

1. The relationship was for at least two years;

2. There is a child of the relationship;

3. The relationship is or was registered by law; or

4. Significant contributions were made by one party, and failure to issue an order would result in serious injustice.

You must also satisfy the court that:

1. You were in a genuine de facto relationship, which has broken down. This is evidenced by things like proof of the same address and sharing of living expenses;

2. You have a geographical connection to the jurisdiction (for example, you live in Queensland); and

3. Your relationship broke down after 1 March 2009.

If you think you satisfy these criteria, your application to the court is using the same forms that are used for married couples. As for what the court will decide, this depends entirely on your circumstances and there is no one answer, nor is there a 50/50 presumption. Typically, the decision is made following a four-step process:

1. Identify and value all assets and liabilities of both parties, to have a net ‘property pool’ dollar value;

2. Assess the financial and non-financial contributions of both parties, for example parenting, wage-earning and homemaking;

3. Consider the future needs of each party, for example the income earning capacity or who has the primary care of the children; and

4. Decide whether the proposed percentage division is just and equitable.

The dollar value will then tell you what you need to do – for example, if one party is awarded 60% of the pool, and the family home is worth 60% of the pool, it is reasonable for them to keep the family home. If the family home is valued at 80% of the pool, the family home may need to be sold.

De facto partner maintenance may also be payable in some circumstances. Typically, it can be ordered where one party cannot meet their own expenses, and the other party has capacity to. For example, where one party’s income exceeds their weekly expenses, and the others falls short, spousal maintenance may be payable. For more information, please contact our office to discuss.

It is important to note that there are time limits on these applications. For de facto couples, you must apply within two years of the relationship breakdown.

Contact our team today.