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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Sausage sizzle lunch and bath salts making session at Active Explorers Hokitika

Renee and Ben Patterson from DōTERRA offered to supply a sausage sizzle lunch followed by a bath salts making session.

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Active Explorers Victoria visits a Marae

Some of the children and teachers from Te Puawai tots room at Active Explorers Victoria visited Te Hotu Manawa o Rangitane Marae.

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Snow Day at Active Explorers Glenfield

The snow has arrived at Active Explorers Glenfield on a gorgeous blue day. All our children Infants, Toddlers and Preschool were so excited and had so much fun.

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Active Explorers Building Money Smarts with BNZ

The financial literacy skills of children across the country were given a big boost yesterday, and pre-schoolers at 12 Active Explorers centres (36 of Evolve’s early childhood education centres) were some of the lucky recipients.

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Testimonials

  • I cannot express how happy I am that my children have spent the last two years at Clever Kids Early Learning Centre. I believe this day care has a well balanced structure. During the day the kids have the opportunity to learn different things with the guidance of their fantastic teachers and on their own. Learning about different topics, various activities, outdoor/messy play, mat times and music times create a positive and fun learning environment for the kids. I can't thank the teachers enough for always providing their ongoing love, care and full support. Thank you for making a difference.

    Amanda

  • 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

  • As a busy working mum, I needed somewhere I could 100% rely on to look after my daughter just as I would at home. I am so happy with my decision of choosing Lollipops Broadway, the teachers have gone above and beyond caring for my daughter who suffers from eczema, and for food and nappies to be supplied, makes my life A LOT easier! What she has learnt at daycare astounds me, she is always coming home excited with what she has learnt that day, the education programme rocks! Thanks Active Explorers Broadway Palmerston North for making my life so much easier, you guys are awesome! 

    Kylie O’Loughlin
    Broadway

  • Nixon started at Active Explorers Broadway when he was just 10 months old. The staff were very accommodating, assuring and helpful from the day they met him. Nixon grew from a small baby into a happy, caring little boy. Nixon has excelled in all areas of development since being enrolled at Lollipops and this has significantly had an impact on our families trust and loyalty to the staff at both Lollipops Grey Street and Lollipops Broadway. 

    As the centre manager, Mell Hall always had a compassionate and caring nature towards Nixon and always kept us up to date on centre curriculum, activities and ongoing developments that involve the children. Our family is grateful for Nixon having such awesome teachers in his early education years and would recommend Active Explorers to everyone!

    Leah Mataira
    Broadway

  • Thank you so much for taking care of my children. I love seeing my children learning new things every single day. When I was searching the pre-school for my girls, I visited and interviewed to many centers and I found Active Explorers Cambridge Terrace among them. When my kids started the school, my first daughter was 3.5 years old and second one was 2.5 years old.  As we migrated from other country, my kids were afraid of the new places and new people. But teachers are very friendly and encourage them not to be afraid of the school. Later on, they talked fondly of their teachers and how they played/learned at school. I really appreciate the hard work of teachers and teams from Active Explorers!

    Hnin Oo
    Cambridge Terrace

  • Both of our children attended Nurtured and we were impressed with the education they received. It is a fantastic, caring environment and the children have so many different learning opportunities - both at and outside the centre. The teachers always go the extra mile for the children and really help prepare them for school.

    Heidi Oliver

  • Relationships with staff have been close, always friendly, helpful and kind. Alex loved his time here. All staff very professional and we will encourage our friends to come to this Centre.

    Jasmine

  • Words cannot express the thanks that my family has for each and every staff member at First Learners. When looking for childcare we had very high standards of what we were looking for, in particular how caring and approachable the staff were. As soon as we walked into First Learners I was instantly made to feel welcome and so were my children. We were (and always are) greeted by a friendly face and treated with respect and kindness. Staff are promptly available to answer any questions or concerns we may have and their open door policy is reassuring to us. Each staff member looks at the children as individuals with their own strengths and needs and cater for these exceptionally. The staff at First Learners are absolutely amazing and you can tell they truly care about the children and will go above and beyond what is expected.

    As a family, we feel very fortunate to have found such a great place to send our children. The staff deserves well earned compliments for attending to our most precious investment during the day…our children.

    Katie

  • I stumbled across Childs Play 2 years ago when we were new to town. From the moment I walked in the doors with my 2 young kids we have been made to feel nothing but welcome, and part of a big extended family.

    I find Childs Play fantastic for my girls, as there always seems to be something new and exciting for them to do and explore, but for me as a parent the thing that makes Childs play so great is the team that works there. They are a team passionate about fuelling young minds, and do a wonderful job incoaching and nurturing the children that are there with them. They show love and respect to all families, and I now consider them all a part of my family.

    For me as a parent leaving my kids with anybody is a big struggle. The team at childs play take away the stress and mummy guilt, as I know my girls are as happy and as loved as they would be at home. Just knowing this makes everything that much easier.

    The progress my children have made while at Childs Play is incredible. The Social interactions, structure and stimulation my children have received is invaluable and to a child trying to find their place in the world there is nothing better than that friendly face or guiding hand helping you along the way.

    From the Nursery right thru to the extension room, the kids are loved and guided each day. Seeing my girl light up when she sees her favourite teacher (for that day) or her wanting to take something in to show, the stories and the cuddles she gives – shows how much this team at childs play means to her and how comfortable and happy she is to have them in her life. The team at Childs play love the kids as if they are their own and I personally love them for it – I wouldnt leave my kids with anybody else.

    Brenda Kinsgford

  • It is with great sadness and anxiety that we wish to confirm the last day of the children. Thank you for your support love and friendship over the last 3 years. We have come to see you as family, minding our little ones and sharing stories. The care and nurturing you have all provided has ensured that both children felt safe and happy to be with you during our absences. We will miss our daily chats and guidance as much as the children will miss you all. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, we will always have wonderful memories of Paddingtons and the amazing teachers.                

    The Clark Family