The DfE Experts and Mentors programme is part of the National Covid Recovery Strategy and provides free bespoke support to help meet individual settings’ needs and priorities. It includes providing leadership support and coaching, mentoring for practitioners and whole-setting support, depending on need.
The DfE Experts and Mentors Programme has been available in Bristol to support private, voluntary or independent (PVI) nursery settings, maintained nursery schools and school-based nurseries since September 2022. The programme of support was extended to childminders in April 2023.
The Local Authority are able to nominate a number of settings for support and you may be contacted by your Lead Teacher or Childminding Support Worker to discuss this with an offer to help with completing the required ‘Request for support’ form.
There is also the opportunity for you to self-refer your setting for support.
More information about the Experts and Mentors Programme for PVI nursery settings, maintained nursery schools and school-based nurseries:
Early years settings can request the support of an expert and mentor from the programme using the application form on the Pen Green Centre website. Further information on the programme can be found on the delivery partner’s website About the Programme | Pen Green Children’s Centre
The following criteria should be considered when making a self-referral:
You will also need to identify the types of areas that you would like support with:
More information about the Childminder Mentor Programme
More information on how childminders can apply for the programme is available at childminder mentor programme.
Trained early years professionals will provide support to childminders in the roles of area lead and mentor. Area leads and mentors may support childminders to: