Mentor training for experienced early childhood teachers

What is the Effective Mentoring Program?

In 2017, the Effective Mentoring Program is two days of professional learning that equips experienced teachers with mentoring skills. Teachers who do the training learn how to support provisionally registered teachers at the beginning of their careers and guide them through the Victorian Institute of Teaching's process to become fully registered. 

This training is provided at no cost to participants and provides the opportunity for experienced teachers to develop their mentoring skills and to provide the support required to induct and build the professional practice of beginning teachers.

To cater for different educational settings, training days  and locations for early childhood teachers and school teachers are scheduled separately. School teachers interested in the Effective Mentoring Program can find more information here: Mentor training for experienced school teachers.

Who should apply?

Experienced early childhood teachers who have an enthusiasm for mentoring should register for the Effective Mentoring Program to become a mentor and share their years of teaching experience and expertise with colleagues just starting out in their careers.

Why should I participate in the program?

Undertaking the Effective Mentoring Program will give you the opportunity to develop a culture of mentoring in your early childhood service and is an important step to becoming a great mentor to beginning teachers.

This is a free professional development opportunity where you will be able to attribute your participation in the Effective Mentoring Program to the Victorian Institute of Teaching's requirement to engage in professional development activities as part of your annual registration process.

How can I apply?

Registrations for the delivery of the Effective Mentoring Program are available on the Victorian Institute of Teaching's website: How to Train as a Teacher Mentor

Teachers who register for the training must be able to attend both days.

Before applying, you may be interested to read:

Training locations

Training is offered to early childhood teachers at seven locations across the state with Day 1 conducted between March and June and Day 2 conducted between May and September. Training locations are:

  • Ballarat
  • Box Hill
  • Carrum Downs
  • Lower Plenty
  • Melbourne
  • Shepparton
  • Traralgon

Travel and accommodation support

The Department of Education and Training is committed to supporting early childhood teachers in rural and regional areas in Victoria to access training.

Early childhood teachers who travel a distance greater than 100kms from their early childhood service to the training venue can apply for a contribution amount of up to $200 for both days of training. Early childhood teachers who travel a distance greater than 200kms from their early childhood service to the training venue can also apply for an accommodation contribution of up to $300 for both days of training.

You can apply for a travel and accommodation expense contribution by completing: 

Please note that funding is limited and subject to approval by the Department.

Connecting mentors and mentees

There are many different ways mentors and mentees can find each other. Some of these options may depend on your early childhood setting type.

Your manager or service director may be a good starting point to support you in finding a mentor or a mentee at a nearly early childhood service. For other suggestions to locate a mentor or a mentee, see:

More information

If you have any questions, please contact Michael Randall at

For further information about the Effective Mentoring Program and the requirements for provisionally registered teachers to become fully registered, visit: Victorian Institute of Teaching