Mentoring for early childhood teachers

Moving from provisional to full registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching 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.

Provisionally registered teachers need to be guided through the process to move to full teacher registration with the help of a mentor. Mentors can either be an experienced teaching colleague, or someone who has undertaken the Effective Mentoring Program.

This page provides details on how provisionally registered teachers can find a mentor, and how experienced teachers can become mentors.

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How to find a mentor

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 How to Become a Mentor below)
  • become a member of relevant Victorian early childhood teacher social media pages and advertise that you are looking for a mentor
  • 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.
  • use your professional network or alumni contacts.

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

How to become a mentor

The Department is working with the Victorian Institute of Teaching and Cambridge Education to deliver the Effective Mentoring Program.

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.

How to register

For training dates and to register, visit the Victorian Institute of Teaching Effective Mentoring program website.