Active Explorers

Our Active Explorers centres are a group of family-orientated, high quality vibrant and stimulating early childhood education facilities, where creative thinking is celebrated through enquiry – based learning.

Active Explorers, celebrating and growing enquiring minds.

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Active Explorers are inspirational places of learning for enquiring minds; where our highly-trained staff teach foundation skills so necessary for life’s challenges.

Here the love of learning is genuinely lived out. The busy, vibrant hum that greets you when you enter a Active Explorers learning centre tells you you’re in a place where children are engaged and absorbed and loving it.

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Whats New

Open Day at Active Explorers Tai Tapu

Active Explorers Tai Tapu recently held an Open Day, where they invited miniature horses, guinea pigs and face painting to keep the children entertained.

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Newly hatched chicks at Active Explorers Glenfield

Over the past little while, the children at Active Explorers Glenfield have very excitedly watched the chicken eggs, in an incubator in the classroom waiting for them to hatch.

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Active Explorers Farnborough at the Zoo

Active Explorers Farnborough visited the Auckland Zoo to explore the Bug Lab!

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Enrolment Deal: Now On!

Back to School enrolment deal available now! Find out more here.

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Testimonials

  • Charlie was 8 months old when he started creche. The staff were very sympathetic to my separation concerns and arranged a long settling-in period, so Charlie had two weeks of short visits before starting full-time. We had in-depth discussions about his routine, diet and how he likes to be comforted.

    Charlie loves going to Active Explorers and has now formed close bonds with several of his teachers. The staff are brilliant and take a real interest in him and his likes and dislikes. The slide and sandpit are a hit, as are the balls, balloons, instruments, animal toys, puppets, boxes and plethora of other fascinating things to explore and play with.

    I am so grateful to the wonderful staff for their support, kindness and patience. They helped make the transition smooth, and have continued to be fantastic in every way.

    I couldn't think of a better place for Charlie to be than at Active Explorers while we're at work. He is safe and loved with a fantastic group of teachers, lovely little friends to play with and a constantly changing selection of experiences, toys and books to explore.

    Thanks for being brilliant!

    Kate, Karl and Charlie

  • Thank you for all your help, support, advice in regards to our children over the years. We as parents appreciate any help that is available. You have an awesome team Angela.  

    Sam’s Mum

  • I love the organised yet loving feel of Childs Play as soon as I entered the preschool, the children are loved as the as the individuals they are. I love the big outdoor areas, catering to different personalities with big sandpits, bars, slides etc and having the quiet and reading areas too. I am very happy with Childs Play and the programme they offer.


  • Leaps & Bounds Henderson is an amazing centre! My daughter loves to come and enjoys her learning, she has made amazing friendships. The teachers and staff are so warm and friendly, we wouldn't send her anywhere else!

    Sara

  • Thanks for everything you have done for us all over the last 5 years. We really appreciate the care and quality education you have provided for our children.

    Mummy S

  • We were very fortunate to be part of the Active Explorers family for four amazing years, from the time our daughter turned one until she moved on to start primary school. The Centre felt like the right place for us from the moment we first visited, and our first impressions proved to be correct. In our time with the Centre, Ella moved through all three of the classrooms and was fortunate to experience the teaching and care of many of the staff.  Without exception, her teachers were caring, dedicated, and innovative in the way they supported Ella’s learning and development. The centre's approach to us as a family was inclusive and respectful and they worked to ensure that the relationship between the centre and our family was meaningful and supportive. Ella’s development and learning extended seamlessly between the centre and home – her teachers became an extension of our family and their relationships with Ella vitally important to her development.  

    I would have no hesitation at all in recommending the Centre to other families. Putting your child into the care of someone else can be a tough decision to make, but the experience is incredibly positive when your child is cared for by a team like this one. 

    Kylie
    Palmerston North

  • Our family has been really happy at Leaps & Bounds Henderson. The teachers are knowledgeable and genuinely care for the children. Our two boys have both thrived in this awesome environment.

    Erin

  • When choosing a daycare centre for our son to go to when I went back to work, I wanted a centre that was close to where I worked, that would allow me to pop in and breastfeed my son when he needed to be fed, and I also wanted a centre that would support my son the same way we do at home, with the freedom to learn new things in his own way and at his own pace.

    Upon my first visit to Active Explorers Broadway, I was greeted by warm friendly staff, who were more than happy to show me around the centre, and show me the Kakapo room when my son would be once he started. I was pleasantly surprised to find that each child is not only provided with their own cot, but also their own linen for that cot. The sleep space is a lovely environment, that is very calm and soothing for the children.

    I was also delighted to discover that nappies and food are provided for the children by the centre as part of the weekly fees.

    Once my son started, everyone was amazing, the support to continue my breastfeeding journey was thoroughly provided by all staff members, who were always happy to see me when I came in.

    Every morning, we are greeted with smiles, asked how our son's night went, and when we pick him up, we are told how his day was.

    The communication from staff to us as parents about our son, is fantastic. We love that we can trust that our boy will be in extremely safe hands when we take him in for the day.

    We appreciate everything that Active Explorers Broadway has done for our boy over the last 8 months. They have encouraged and supported his growth and learning to an extremely high standard, and we cannot thank them enough for that.

    Thanks team!

    Amy and Kayne Bohanna
    Broadway

  • My kids have been going to this Preschool since we shifted to Leeston about 4 years ago. Active Explorers is a fantastic centre that I would totally recommend to others.  The teachers are great with my kids.  They do so many activities and explore and focus on topics throughout the year.  As a parent we are kept up-to-date with what is going on.  They also have many activities to include parents such as excursions, cross country, and Mataariki.  As a parent I definitely feel a part of Active Explorers and am very happy that my children belong to this Centre.

    Bec

  • I have been privileged to be part of the Active Explorers whanau now for about 14 months. Seth started his learning journey in Tpt where he quickly developed some special relationships with both his peers, families and teachers. His love of te reo maori has been fully supported and his ability to say his mihi and lead karakia has blown me away. Another big milestone was his recent transition through to koru lounge where this was done so respectfully. His teachers worked together to make this a positive experience for not only Seth but our family. The communication has been great and i enjoy the conversations between teachers. I am always informed about how he’s doing and what he has done during the day and he will still venture back to visit which we think is pretty neat. Seth has grown so much in his time at Active Explorers and I know he will be well prepared for when goes to school with the support of the rising 5's. A big thankyou to all the team for taking such great care of our pepi and laying down the foundations for his learning journey.

    Stacey Thompson