18th Annual Local Government Professionals Australia, SA Leadership Excellence Awards

Posted: 17 May 2019


The LG Professionals Australia, SA Leadership Excellence Awards

The overall aim of the Local Government Professionals Australia, SA Leadership Excellence Awards is to:

  • raise the standard and quality of local government leadership and management across local government in South Australia
  • raise the profile of local government
  • recognise excellence demonstrated by local government professionals
  • facilitate connections and sharing across local government.

The Annual Leadership Excellence Awards Gala Dinner

The LG Professionals, SA Leadership Excellence Awards Gala Dinner is the premier night out for local government—it’s the sector’s equivalent of the Logies.

On Friday 17 May 2019, LG Professionals, SA rolled out the red carpet for local government at the Adelaide Convention Centre at the Local Government Professionals Australia, SA 18th Annual Leadership Excellence Awards Gala Dinner. Almost 500 local government professionals were in attendance at this black-tie affair, solidifying it as the sector’s premier night of the year. 

‘The event is a showcase of the amazing services and programs that local government delivers each year to our communities.  It’s an excellent opportunity to recognise and celebrate those achievements—it’s local government’s night of nights,’ said Taryn Sexton CEO, LG Professionals, SA.

As a corporate partner of the Local Government Professionals Australia, SA, McArthur was honoured to support 2019 Leadership Excellence Awards Gala dinner and sponsor the Excellence in People and Culture Award category this year. 



McArthur sponsorship - Huntington’s Disease May Awareness Month

Posted: 14 May 2019

About Huntington’s Disease

Huntington’s Disease is an incurable brain disease caused by a faulty gene, with symptoms frequently described as a combination of Motor Neuron disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and schizophrenia.

In more details, Huntington’s disease results in brain cell death, affecting the basal ganglia and frontal lobe regions of the brain. These regions are responsible for motor movement control and coordination, cognition, personality and emotions. Deterioration in these regions of the brain results in significant impairments in one’s ability to think, feel and move.

About Huntington’s Victoria

Huntington’s Victoria is a not-for-profit organisation that was formed by several Huntington’s disease community members in 1973 to provide a safe, trusted space to receive support. As the leading specialist service that supports individuals impacted by Huntington’s disease, the organisation’s mission aims to sustain a high quality of life for people affected by Huntington’s disease, their carers and their family, while encouraging research towards a cure.

Huntington’s Victoria’s specialist Client Support Services team connects those impacted by Huntington’s disease (HD) with services and support, including support for families and carers. Additionally, the team provides information and advice around HD and educates health professionals and direct care staff about how to best support those affected by HD. Huntington’s Victoria works with individuals of all ages.

About Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month

May is Huntington’s Disease Awareness month. McArthur is proud to support Huntington’s Victoria movement to raise essential awareness, understanding and educate Australians on what Huntington's Disease is.

The Community Day is one of major events during May Awareness month. The event creates a connecting platform where you can hear researchers, medical professionals and community members speak about their expert subjects. There will also be a panel discussion to provide more information about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) including pre-planning, planning, implementation and review process.

Event details and registration:

Date: Saturday, 18 May 2019

Starting time: 10am

Venue: Kenneth Myer Building, 30 Royal Parade, Parkville, VIC 3052

Cost: FREE

To join this free and informative Community Day click on the registration link

2019 Early Childhood Education Conference – Growing tomorrow

Posted: 02 May 2019

As one of Australia’s longest running early years professional events, the 2019 Early Childhood Education Conference continues to explore the ‘macro’ issues for our sector, such as

  • The need for continued governmental support of quality regulation
  • The key challenges for pedagogy and practice, workforce development, leadership and management
  • Helping the wider community to understand the essential benefits of quality early childhood education and care.

This year’s conference theme – Growing Tomorrow – confronts fundamental questions:

  • How do we grow the best learning programs for pre-school children?
  • How do we grow the educators to deliver those programs?
  • How do we grow the leaders to inspire and support them?
  • How do we grow awareness in the community about what we do and why it’s important?
  • How do we Grow Tomorrow?

A long-term partnership to support the development of Early Childhood and Care sector

McArthur has been Australia's leading provider of specialist Early Childhood Education recruitment and career solutions for over 25 years.

With a commitment to support continuous professional development and deliver the highest quality early childhood education and care, McArthur is proud to continue our long-term initiatives in Early Childhood and Care sector as a preferred partner of Early Learning Association Australia and 2019 Early Childhood Education Conference.

If you are professionals and practitioners in the early years sector, including educators, service managers and allied professionals, don’t miss out on this premier professional development event and register today.

Together we are making quality early childhood education and care a reality for all!

Event details and registration:

When: Friday 17 May and Saturday 18 May

Where: Crown Events and Conferences Melbourne

Find out more and register for >> 2019 Early Childhood Education Conference <<

What outcomes parents should expect from early childhood education and care

Posted: 01 Jan 0001

What outcomes parents should expect from early childhood education and care

By the time children are five, they should show preference for a particular hand and be able to work with others. from Wendy Boyd, Southern Cross University

Parents often have different expectations for their three- to five-year-old children when they attend an early learning centre. Some parents expect their child to engage in academic learning activities or “real learning”. Academic activities are associated with formal school-based learning such as writing, reading and knowing their numbers.

Parents are reported to feel concerned if they visit their friend’s home and see their friend’s child brings home worksheets (for example dot-to-dot of their name, colouring in of Easter eggs, or other adult-directed products) from their early childhood centre. They may worry their child is being left behind because their child is “only playing” and not engaging in real learning.

Other parents focus on their child being safe and secure in a stimulating environment where children make choices about what they will play. Such learning environments are supported by educators who are responsive to the child, and socially construct the child’s play.

Read more: Australia is still lagging on some aspects of early childhood education

The tension lies between teacher-directed activities where children are perceived to be doing “real learning”, as opposed to children making choices to play according to their interests.

So, what should three- to five-year-olds be learning?

Developmental milestones provided by the Australian Children’s Early Childhood Quality Authority (ACECQA) state:

Children’s learning is ongoing and each child will progress towards the outcomes in different and equally meaningful ways.

This milestones checklist covers five domains of learning, which is linked to the curriculum and the National Quality Standards:

  1. physical

  2. social

  3. emotional

  4. cognitive

  5. language development.

The checklist indicates what a child should be able to do by a certain age, and this is linked to the early childhood education curriculum.

Developmental milestones and the Early Years Learning Framework and the National Quality Standards, CC BY-ND

Research demonstrates children’s learning achievements are greater from play-based programs, which include activities such as block building, compared to early childhood programs that have an academic focus.

The early childhood education curriculum emphasises the importance of play-based learning and research demonstrates children’s learning achievements are greater from play-based programs compared to early childhood programs that have an academic focus.

When to worry

According to the developmental milestones, parents should seek advice from a professional if their three- to five-year-old child:

  • is not understood by others

  • has speech fluency problems or stammering

  • is not playing with other children

  • is not able to have a conversation

  • is not able to go to the toilet or wash him/herself.

Children aged three to five should be able to build a tower with eight to ten blocks. Shutterstock

Parent-teacher relationships are important

Educators need to be able to explain their approach to children’s learning to parents at the outset of the child/family’s admission to the centre and reinforce this as children learn and develop.

The curriculum and the National Quality Standards both focus on educators having “partnerships with families”. But if there is disagreement about what and how children should be learning, a partnership between the parents and teachers won’t develop and endure.

Read more: Play-based learning can set your child up for success at school and beyond

Parents need to be continuously informed about the learning program in the centre. There needs to be alignment between parents’ expectation of what their child will learn in an early childhood centre, with the learning program provided, and the play-based approach a good one for the children.The Conversation

Wendy Boyd, Senior Lecturer, School of Education, Southern Cross University

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Our McArthur Commercial staff save the day!

Posted: 01 Jan 0001

Have you got a tough recruitment assignment on your hands? We’re confident that we’re able to handle anything you throw at us with flying colours.

We’d like to share a bit of our work that we completed recently because our McArthur Pink Shirts made the 5pm Channel Ten news again!

When we first took the brief from TfNSW, one thing they emphasized was the importance of communication. They were looking for a team that was bilingual and could speak to commuters of different languages. A unique ask, but one that we felt we were certainly able to fulfill.

We took this one step further and created a team that comprised not just 2 languages, but a total of 39 languages.

Our consultants assembled 100 staff in 3 weeks to manage hundreds of transport queries per day. McArthur staff saved the day and have been keeping Sydney’s commuters on track over the past few weeks.

So, does your team have a recruitment assignment that you need help with? Our McArthur Commercial team are will complete the toughest of assignments and exceed your expectations.

Give our Commercial team a call about your next project at (02) 9277 7000.

You can check out the entire video report by Channel Ten here:

LGPro Annual Conference Melbourne

Posted: 01 Jan 0001

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LGPro Annual Conference South Australia

Posted: 01 Jan 0001

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