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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Active Explorers Henderson visit the Museum to learn about Matariki.

Active Explorers Henderson visited the Museum to learn about Matariki. They learned about Hotonui, Matariki and her daughters, and a lot more.

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Active Explorers Blockhouse Bay has Special guests for Matariki

Active Explorers Blockhouse Bay was visited by the 'Kapa Haka team' From Glenavon School to perform for them as part of their Matariki celebrations.

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Pink Day at Active Explorers Kaiwharawhara

Active Explorers Kaiwharawhara raised $50 to support the Breast Cancer Foundation’s research towards a cure for breast cancer.

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Active Explorers Henderson raises money for the Himalayan Trust

During the month of May, Active Explorers Henderson have been celebrating 65 years since Sir Edmund Hillary accomplished the expedition to climb Mount Everest.

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Testimonials

  • Thanks so much for all the love, kindness and support you have shown our family especially in the past year. Thanks for teaching our babies and going the extra mile to help. We will miss all your smiling faces.

    Vercoe Family

  • Thank you all so much for taking care of our 2 boys over the last few years. They both loved their time with you all and we are all going to miss the wonderful environment you all provide.

    The N Family

  • I just want to let you know I have been so impressed with all the teachers over the last few weeks. Starting Isla in day care has been a challenging time for me as it always is with a change. The room one staff have been so fantastic in easing my anxieties and helping Isla settle in. I have been so impressed by how they keep in touch during the day if needed and all the feedback I have got.


    Isla has settled so easily I think and that is because of the amazing nuturing environment and caring staff. Finlay also is doing so well and so happy in room 4. I again have been very impressed by the teachers.

    I haven't given much feedback but since we have been in Active Explorers Mana it has been such a great center to have our children in and nice to know they are safe and happy while we can't be with them. You are all so great at your job 

    Nicky
    Mana

  • I would like to say a huge thank you to all the wonderful staff at Clever Kids Early Learning Centre for taking such great care of my children.

    Clever Kids is a fantastic centre with many learning opportunities for children in a great environment. The staff are kind, loving and caring. My children absolutely love it!

    Thanks again.

    Melissa

  • 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

  • Thank you all so much for all your care and support with M since he started at Active Explorers. He has really enjoyed Preschool and will miss you all very much, we have been so happy with Active Explorers from the moment M started.

    Family H

  • A huge thank you to you all for the fabulous fun education and care you have provided for all 4 of our cherubs. They have all loved their time at Active Explorers.

    Mummy R

  • 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.


  • Our daughter started at active explorers as an infant and stayed for 2 1/2 years. What a great place it turned out to be for her! A warm, safe place that enabled our daughter to thrive and grow. The teachers always greeted us in the mornings and answered all our questions. We worked together with all the developmental milestones and challenges. They were patient and kind in hearing us out and giving us assurance when needed. As parents, we entrusted our greatest blessing and we are grateful for the loving care she received! Thank you to all the staff!!

    Nithya & Malcolm

  • We love that our daughter is so loved and cared for at Active Explorers Leeston. All of the teachers have taken the time to get to know her and support and extend her interests of music, drama, dance and language.

    Her relationship with her key teacher, Lisa, is very special, and her transition from the toddler room to the "big side" has been well supported and totally led by her needs and readiness.

    Another awesome thing about Active Explorers is the environment and the inclusion of the children in caring for and developing their outdoor space - which is huge!

    Kellie Shanahan