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.


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

Training dates and locations

Training dates and locations are listed on the Victorian Institute of Teaching’s website.

To cater for different educational settings, training days and locations for early childhood teachers and school teachers are scheduled separately.

Find a mentor

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.

Mentor map

Use the map to find a mentor:

If you have any questions, or to add your service details to the interactive mentor map, contact the early childhood mentoring team at

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.

Exchange program

Nanjing No.1 Kindergarten Knowledge Exchange

Applications are now closed.

The Nanjing No.1 Kindergarten Knowledge Exchange Program gives three eligible Victorian early childhood teachers the opportunity to:

  • spend two weeks in China, from 11-25 May 2018, visiting Nanjing No.1 Kindergarten (NNK) in Jiangsu Province
  • complete an action research project
  • share their findings upon their return to Victoria at an early childhood forum.

The program includes flights, hotel accommodation and daily allowances. Pro-rata Relief teaching backfill for time spent out in-country and attending program commitments will be provided to approved applicants.


Applicants must be Australian citizens/permanent residents who are:

  • early childhood teachers, fully registered with the Victorian Institute of Teaching, with a minimum of four years’ teaching experience in the early childhood sector
  • currently delivering a state-funded kindergarten program at a Victorian early childhood education and care service
  • delivering this kindergarten program at an early childhood education and care service with a service quality rating of Exceeding the National Quality Standard in Quality Area 1 (Educational Program and Practice), or has previously worked at a service at the time it was rated Exceeding in Quality Area 1.

Program objectives

Nanjing No.1 Kindergarten is the oldest and largest kindergarten in Jiangsu Province and is widely respected for its innovative approaches to early childhood education and care.

During the exchange, participants will be able to:

  • build new professional partnerships
  • share their knowledge of the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF)
  • optimise leadership skills through leading reflective discussion
  • explore new teaching practices and apply them within the Victorian context to improve outcomes for children.

About Nanjing No.1 Kindergarten

The knowledge exchange program is a partnership between the Jiangsu Provincial Department of Education in China and the Department.

As the first certified Chinese/English bilingual early childhood service in Jiangsu Province, NNK places great value on knowledge sharing with international education organisations and has previously hosted ECTs from the United States, Canada and New Zealand.

The Nanjing Early Childhood Development Research and International Exchange Centre is co-located on campus and aims to create an international hub for early childhood excellence. As well as providing an innovative learning environment for the children, the Centre conducts collaborative research programs.

A recent project has seen NNK build its own ‘Children’s Museum’ for children to explore, discover and initiate their own learning.