Improve professional practice

​​Tools and courses for improving your professional practice.

Mentor training for experienced teachers

The Effective Mentoring Program is two days of professional learning that equips experienced early childhood and school 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. 

The training is delivered over two days face to face and includes an online learning component. The training is provided at no cost to participants.

Teachers who register for the training must be able to attend day one and day two of the training, and complete the online modules.

Eligibility 

Experienced teachers who would like to share their expertise and years of teaching experience with teachers who are starting their careers.

How to register

To register, visit the Victorian Institute of Teaching Effective Mentoring program website.

Training dates and locations

In 2019, there will be both separate and combined programs for early childhood and school teachers. The dates below are relevant for early childhood teachers.

Box Hill
Day 1: Tuesday 5 March
Day 2: Friday 24 May

Traralgon
Day 1: Wednesday 20 March
Day 2: Wednesday 5 June

Carrum Downs
Day 1: Monday 25 March
Day 2: Friday 7 June

Ballarat
Day 1: Wednesday 27 March
Day 2: Thursday 13 June

Melbourne
Day 1: Friday 29 March
Day 2: Friday 14 June

Bendigo
Day 1: Tuesday 30 April
Day 2: Wednesday 7 August

Melbourne
Day 1: Friday 3 May
Day 2: Friday 2 August

Echuca
Day 1: Friday 10 May
Day 2: Tuesday 23 July

Wodonga
Day 1: Wednesday 15 May
Day 2: Wednesday 17 July

Warrnambool
Day 1: Wednesday 29 May
Day 2: Wednesday 17 July

Point Cook
Day 1: Friday 19 July
Day 2: Monday 9 September

Swan Hill
Day 1: Thursday 30 May
Day 2: Tuesday 13 August

Mentoring for provisionally registered teachers

Find a mentor

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

You may find the following suggestions helpful in connecting with a mentor:

  • use the mentor map below
  • if your service does not have a mentor, your employer/manager could approach a nearby service to see if they have a mentor or an experienced teacher available to mentor you
  • if your employer operates multiple services, they may be able to connect you with a mentor or experienced teacher from another service they operate
  • if you are not the only teacher at your service and if appropriate, ask your manager to send the other teacher(s) to undertake the Effective Mentoring program (see mentor training for experienced teachers above)
  • if you can not find a mentor located within a reasonable distance to you, consider working with them by video and phone calls, emails and video recordings etc.
  • if you are a member of an early childhood professional association, you may contact them to find out if they are able to assist. Alternatively, you may consider joining one
  • use your professional network or alumni contacts
  • consider networking opportunities such as conferences and professional development (your local council may also hold network events for early childhood services)
  • become a member of relevant Victorian early childhood teacher social media pages and advertise that you are looking for a mentor.

Mentor map

The below map lists over 60 mentors who may be available to guide you through the Victorian Institute of Teaching's process to become fully registered. All of these mentors have undertaken the Effective Mentoring Program.

If you have any questions, or to add your service details to the mentor map, contact the early childhood mentoring team at ec.mentoring@edumail.vic.gov.au.

Improve teaching practice - self guided

VEYLDF practice principles

The Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF) practice principles for teaching birth to eight years provide a foundation for you to improve your teaching practice.

Reflective practice guidance

An education resource to help improve your professional practice and working relationships to achieve better outcomes for you and your clients. For more information, see: Reflective practice

Being a learner

Your daily experiences help build your knowledge and skills. If you are not challenged to stop and think about your learning, you and your clients may not be getting the total benefit.

The being a learner collection of online activities will support you to think about:

  • the connection between work and learning
  • factors that influence your learning
  • possibilities for learning.

Funding for early childhood services to help teachers move to full registration

Funding is available for early childhood services to help their provisionally registered early childhood teachers move to full teacher registration. This includes funding for casual relief teachers where your service can support them to move to full teacher registration. 

Funding can be used to:

  • give time release, travel or accommodation expenses for a provisionally registered teacher and a mentor to work with each other to meet the requirements for full teacher registration
  • employ a casual relief teacher to backfill either the provisionally registered teacher or the mentor
  • enable a provisionally registered teacher to undertake professional learning to support them to move to full teacher registration. This may relate to the inquiry project they undertake as part of the process for gathering evidence of proficiency against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
  • support the workplace recommendation panel to take place.

​Eligibility

This funding is for early childhood services that deliver a state funded kindergarten program and employ one or more provisionally registered teachers. ​

How to a​pply

Over the coming weeks, we will contact services that recorded through KIM that they employ a provisionally registered teacher that intends to move to full teacher registration within the next 12 months.  

To apply for this funding outside of the annual confirmation process, email EC.Mentoring@edumail.vic.gov.au.  ​

Support for c​asual relief teachers 

Services can use the funding to support a casual relief teacher, which might include contracting them for up to 10 days to work solely on their inquiry approach or work with a mentor. This might occur at their service, or at the service of their mentor.

A casual relief teacher will need a 4-6 week full block of time, or approximately 2 days a week for a period of 8-10 weeks with the same group of children to undertake their inquiry approach to evidence that they are proficient against the Australian Teacher Professional Standards.

More information about how provisionally registered teachers do this is available on the Victorian Institute of Teaching website: Provisionally registered casual relief teachers.

Backgr​ound

Moving from provisional to full registration is an important step in a teacher’s career and demonstrates that they are proficient against the Australian Professional Teacher Standards. For more information about how teachers do this, visit: Moving to Full Registration.

Get adv​ice​

For more information about this funding, email: EC.Mentoring@edumail.vic.gov.au.

For more information about the process to move from provisional to full registration, call the Victorian Institute of Teaching on 1300 977 263 or learn about moving to full registration.