It might look a little different compared to the start of this year, but it is more important than ever for early childhood teaching students to connect and share experiences and insights through mentoring.
Here at Future Tracks, we connect current early childhood students with experienced mentors from within the sector to help them develop their skills, put theory into practice and broaden their understanding of early childhood education. We've seen the benefits this provides for both students and mentors, and have listened to feedback telling us that mentoring has become even more important during COVID-19, when face-to-face connections are harder to come by.
To inspire new ideas of how these relationships can continue to grow in isolation and beyond, we've compiled some helpful resources, from within and outside the sector.
We know that mentoring provides opportunity for inspiration and growth for both mentee and mentor. By partnering in the learning process, mentees and mentors apply their insights to enrich their study or working environments with a sense of professional development and a focus on quality, which in turn leads to better outcomes for children.
Future Tracks speaks to CELA on the value of mentoring
“The main difference between the Future Tracks mentoring program and previous experiences I’ve had being a mentor is the additional support I receive. It’s not just me and the person I’m mentoring involved, we are connected with Future Tracks, and people I can go to for support if I have any situations I need help with." - Future Tracks Mentor, Belle Lewis