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Mentoring for Child Care Centres

The Early Years Mentorship Initiative provides onsite support that helps licensed child care centres implement the Play and Exploration: Early Learning Program Guide.

The Ministry of Education pairs a child care site with a mentor who has expertise in areas that the child care site wishes to learn, grow and develop.


1. Benefits

The Mentorship Initiative has four objectives:

  1. Facilitating in-depth exploration of best practices
  2. Providing feedback and guidance
  3. Building capacity
  4. Developing sites of best practices

2. Eligibility

The Ministry of Education selects sites based on the following criteria:

  • The entire staff must be open and committed to participating in an intensive professional learning experience.
  • Program leadership is committed to supporting this learning experience.
  • The site must be a licensed child care centre.
  • The staff is familiar with the Play and Exploration Guide and most have attended or registered for Phase 1.
  • The facility must follow child care regulations.
  • The program has identified some goals or areas of development that they want to work on. 

Additional training will strengthen the application.

A limited number of sites will be awarded an Early Years Mentorship Initiative experience each year. Selections may depend on mentor availability, and sites that are not chosen are invited to re-apply in the next year.


3. How To Apply

  1. Complete the Early Years Mentorship Initiative Application.
  2. Submit the application and send to:

    Early Years Mentorship Initiative

    Early Years Branch
    Ministry of Education
    2-2220 College Avenue
    Regina SK S4P 4V9
    Fax: (306) 787-0277

  3. Applications must be received by the Ministry of Education by the deadline.
  4. Applicants will be notified if they are selected to be part of the Mentorship Initiative.

5. Further Information

All participants must read the Mentorship Initiative Guidelines document to be considered for this opportunity.

Applications will be accepted once a year, but there are two possible time frames for projects: 

  • Fall (September to January) 
  • Winter (January to May). 

You can apply for one or both.

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