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

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