Become a mentor

Are you an early childhood teacher (ECT) 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 ECTs to shape 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 two formal group mentoring sessions per year
  • have access to Future Tracks training, resources, support (including session planning ideas) and personal development opportunities
  • be reimbursed for your participation.

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

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

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‘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