Professional development in early learning

Whakapiki i te reo Māori and SELO professional development programmes.

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  • All Early Learning Services
  • Service Managers
  • Educators, Teachers and Kaiako

Early learning staff who want to engage in professional development may be interested in learning about Whakapiki i te reo Māori and SELO.

Whakapiki i te reo Māori

Whakapiki i te reo Māori is a professional development initiative for teachers who use te reo Māori.

Whakapiki i te reo Māori is available to kaimahi who work in Māori immersion and bilingual early learning services (speaking te reo Māori 51-100% of the time), and aims to strengthen their existing skills and knowledge. It recognises identity, diversity, language and culture as critical ingredients for the success of Māori tamariki in education.

For more information, email:


SELO (Strengthening Early Learning Opportunities for children, whānau, families and communities) is a professional development programme to support early learning services. A facilitator will work with management and teachers/educators to support a shift in practice towards high quality management, teaching and learning.

SELO programmes

SELO is grouped into three programmes and a service can receive more than one type of SELO at any time.

  1. Programme 1 provides in-depth professional development to strengthen governance and management practices and to support services to meet the licencing requirements.
  2. Programme 2 focuses on community specific professional development to support services to be responsive to identity, language and culture. It is also available for certificated playgroups and for services with children/whānau with additional needs.
  3. Programme 3 targets seven focus areas within the early learning environment. These are:
    • Infants and toddlers
    • Curriculum (including Te Aho Tukutuku/early mathematics and early literacy)
    • Māori leadership
    • Pacific leadership
    • Leadership
    • Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako
    • Digital technology

Professional development facilitators

We have a group of approved facilitators that can deliver professional development across the country.

We are not currently accepting new facilitators. Opportunities to become one of our approved facilitators will be advertised in early 2022 on New Zealand Government Electronic Tenders Service(external link) website. 

For more information about the process, you can contact our National Office SELO Lead at

Accessing SELO

Early learning services are welcome to enquire about professional development support.

Early Learning Service TypeContact Information
Kōhanga Reo Please contact your district manager directly:
Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust contacts(external link)
Playcentres Please contact Playcentre Aotearoa directly:
Playcentre Aotearoa(external link)
  • Teacher-led services
  • Certificated playgroups
  • Certificated puna kōhungahunga
  • Home-based services
Please contact your regional Ministry SELO lead (see below).

Regional Ministry SELO leads

LocationSELO leadContact
Tai Tokerau

Sacha Cherrington
09 436 8929


Sarah Morrison


Ngawai Beazley
09 632 9528
09 632 9579


Terri Burridge
07 858 7172
Bay of Plenty/Rotorua/Taupo

Renee Cleaver
07 349 8319
Hawke's Bay/Tairawhiti

Helen Keats
06 831 0660

Sarah Brindle
06 350 9856


Marnie Hainsworth


Angela Coutts
04 463 7575
04 439 4629

Nelson/Marlborough/West Coast

Megan Edwards
03 539 1528

Paul Habinshuti
03 378 7522

Julie Croswell
03 471 5218

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