Become a mentor

Are you an early childhood professional with ECT experience looking for an opportunity to grow your leadership skills and share your knowledge and experience?

Become a mentor with the Upskill Program and work with emerging teachers to positively impact the future of early childhood education.

We will connect you with a group of educators studying towards their Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. Mentoring allows you to support these students as they navigate the university experience, by:

  • Sharing your knowledge to enhance the student experience.
  • Nurturing students as they apply theory in practice.
  • Encouraging reflection and thoughtful discussion.
  • Fostering the development of students’ teaching identity.

As a mentor, you will:

  • Work with the same group of students for their full study journey (approximately 2.5 years of study).
  • Facilitate four formal group mentoring sessions per year.
  • Have access to Upskill Program training, resources, support (including session planning ideas) and Personal development opportunities.
  • Be compensated for your participation.
  • Be connected to a mentor community of practice on the Front Project Online Community - a virtual forum for ECEC professionals across Australia.

In addition, we will provide you with ongoing mentoring support for throughout the mentoring journey.

Being a mentor with the Upskill Program, you will also have the benefit of engaging with a network of like-minded mentors and an opportunity to make connections across the sector.

Want to learn more or become a mentor? Contact and express your interest at upskill@thefrontproject.org.au.

Want to share mentoring as an opportunity to your peers, download this flyer and send it to your colleague and professional network.

‘I see my role as a mentor as really being there for students during the tough times but also learning from their fresh ideas as we explore the three-way mentoring process. Mentees help me to see things from different perspectives and enable me to challenge myself to be more innovative.’

– Early childhood mentor