Strengthening early learning opportunities (SELO)

What is SELO?

SELO (strengthening early learning opportunities for children, whānau, families and communities) is a professional development programme for early learning.

It is targeted at early childhood education providers and kōhanga reo that have low participation rates or need support in providing quality early learning.

There are three different programmes available. Each programme will be shaped to the service's needs.

SELO programmes

Programme 1

This programme provides in-depth professional development.

It is available to licensed early childhood education (ECE) services and kōhanga reo in locations identified by the Ministry of Education. A facilitator will work directly with management and teachers/educators to ensure a shift in practice towards delivering high quality early childhood education.

Programme 2

This programme focuses on community specific professional development in locations identified by the Ministry of Education.

Different aspects of the community are taken into account. This is to ensure that the service is responsive to its identity, language and culture.

Professional development designed for certificated playgroups and children/whānau with special education needs are included in this programme.

Programme 3

This programme covers 7 threads. These threads focus on different areas within the early childhood education environment:

  • Strengthening early learning opportunities for infants and toddlers
  • Strengthening early learning opportunities in Te Aho Tukutuku/early mathematics
  • Strengthening early learning opportunities in early literacy
  • Strengthening Māori leadership in early childhood services
  • Strengthening Pasifika leadership in early childhood services
  • Strengthening leaders in early childhood services
  • Whakapiki i te Reo Māori

Accessing SELO

To learn if your service qualifies for SELO programme 1 or 2, please contact one of the following:

For a session provided under programme 3, please contact one of the suppliers in your region (see table below).

            

LocationSELO P3 programmesProviderContact
Throughout New Zealand 
  • Playcentre cluster programme
  • In-depth individual Playcentre programme
  • Association cluster programme
  • Mana whaea programme
  • Pasifika leadership programme
  • Individual leadership programme
Playcentre Federation c.kennerley@xtra.co.nz 
 
  • Whakapiki i te Reo Māori
  • Ngā Tukutuku Here
Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust arapera@kohanga.ac.nz
Northland region
  • Infants and toddlers
  • Te Aho Tukutuku/early mathematics
  • Early literacy
  • Early childhood services
Educational Leadership Project (ELP) Ltd marie.thom@elp.co.nz
wendy.lee@elp.co.nz
Auckland
  • Pasifika leadership in ECE
   
 
  • Whakapiki i te Reo Māori
Auckland UniServices e.newbold@auckland.co.nz
 
  • Whakapiki i te Reo Māori
   

 

  • Māori leadership in ECE
Takawai and Chris Ltd takawai@xtra.co.nz
 
  • Te Aho Tukutuku/early mathematics
  • Early literacy
  • Early childhood services
Educational Leadership Project (ELP) Ltd marie.thom@elp.co.nz
wendy.lee@elp.co.nz
Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Rotorua
  • Infants and toddlers
Ngahihi Incorporated ngahihi@actrix.co.nz
 
  • Te Aho Tukutuku/early mathematics
  • Early literacy
  • Early childhood services
  • Infants and toddlers
Educational Leadership Project (ELP) Ltd marie.thom@elp.co.nz
wendy.lee@elp.co.nz
 
  • Māori leadership in ECE
Ngahihi Incorporated ngahihi@actrix.co.nz
Rotorua
  •  Early literacy
Te Taumata o Ngati Whakaue Iho Ake Trust ann@taumata.org.nz
Maniapoto
  • Māori leadership in ECE
   
Horowhenua
Whanganui
Manawatu
Taranaki, Hawkes Bay
  • Infants and toddlers
  • Te Aho Tukutuku/early mathematics
  • Early literacy
  • Leaders in early childhood services
Massey University c.m.lepper@massey.ac.nz
Whanganui
  • Whakapiki i te Reo Māori
Te Puna Mātauranga o Whanganui kawavek@xtra.co.nz
Wellington region
Wairarapa region
  • Pasifika leadership in ECE
   
 
  • Māori leadership in ECE
Takawai and Chris Ltd takawai@xtra.co.nz
 
  • Leaders in early childhood services
  • Whakapiki i te Reo Māori
   
 
  • Infants and toddlers
  • Te Aho Tukutuku/early mathematics
  • Early literacy
  • Leaders in early childhood services
Massey University cm.lepper@massey.ac.nz
South Island
  • Pasifika leadership in ECE
  • Infants and toddlers
  • Te Aho Tukutuku/early mathematics
  • Early literacy
  • Leaders in early childhood services
CORE Education Ltd viv.shearsby@core-ed.org
 
  • Māori leadership in ECE
  • Whakapiki i te Reo Māori
Te Tapuae o Rehua Ltd laura.dunlop@canterbury.ac.nz
justin.tipa@ngaitahu.iwi.nz

Would you like to discuss your needs with the Ministry of Education first? Get in touch with your ECE advisor at your regional office.

Background information

The Government wants to ensure all children and families can access quality ECE services everywhere in New Zealand.

The priority is to improve participation in quality ECE among:

  • Māori children
  • Pasifika children
  • children from low socio-economic families. 

In line with this priority, the ECE professional development investment has been targeted towards services with the greatest chance of meeting this goal. A major focus of SELO is teachers working with children who have the greatest potential benefit to gain from ECE.

The Government has confidence in the professionalism of teachers, educators and management of ECE services. The SELO programme supports teachers and managers in the ECE environment and helps to further improve teaching practice.

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