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NEWS: Childminders in England invited to sign up for DfE mentor programme roles

As part of its package of support to address the impact of the pandemic on children, the Department for Education (DfE) is supporting early years practitioners in England through its Experts and Mentors Early Years COVID-19 Recovery Programme.

Under the programme, eligible practitioners and settings will be able to access bespoke support (both virtual and face-to-face) depending on individual needs, including leadership support, coaching and mentoring for practitioners.  

Information for childminders

We have been working closely with the DfE to expand this support to registered childminders, and we are pleased to share that the programme is due to go live in April 2023.

The DfE is now taking applications from current and former childminders (as well as those with evidenced experience of the childminding sector) for the paid roles of Area Lead and Mentor on Area leads and mentors will be assigned to a small group of childminders to support and advise them either virtually or face-to-face.

You can find more information about the roles and how to apply:

The deadline to express interest in applying for one of these roles is midday on 16 December 2022. Any questions about the role can be sent to

Information on how childminders can sign up to access support via the Experts and Mentors programme will be shared shortly.