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

  • The team at Active Explorers on Broadway Ave Palmerston North have been a significant part of my family’s life for the last four years as they have cared for my two children Ruby and Max.

    My husband and I have found the staff to be loving, dedicated and nurturing, enabling our children to grow and develop in a happy and loving environment.

     As parents we have had complete confidence in the centres ability to care for our children and have always felt welcomed by the staff who work there.

    We would have no hesitation in recommending the centre to other families looking for an early childhood facility to care and nurture their children.

    Gemma Vallender
    Broadway

  • As parents, trust and safety is the utmost importance when leaving our children in care. Our boys have not only formed close bonds with their teachers, but are continuously learning and growing. It is obvious that a lot of effort and thought goes into planning a fun-loving, safe and caring environment for the children. We would like to thank Clever Kids for all the opportunities that you provide on a daily basis and taking such good care of our boys. It is very comforting knowing that they are in good hands.

    Shane & Antoinette

  • Our family had the pleasure of being part of the Rascals family for 8.5 years. As parents it was not easy for us leaving our children at a young age, but Rascals soon became an extension of our family. They made an effort to get to know routines, quirks, likes/dislikes, all those small things that can make all the difference in the day of a child   We can not thank the Rascals staff enough for nourishing each of our children's individuality and giving them a chance to learn and grow and become the wonderful little people they are today. We will always be grateful for the love, care and knowledge the wonderful teachers bestowed on our children. 

    Troy and Anna Wire

  • I was nervous about making the right decision for my children in terms of childcare, I don't know what parent isn't. But Active Explorers Central City provide such a loving environment that I felt secure in the knowledge my children were with people who really cared for them - both teachers as well as support staff. Best of all they provided my children with nutritious meals so I knew they were getting all the vitamins they needed - we all know how hard it can be to get them to eat their vegetables at home! I could also rest assured knowing they were having a ball while mum and dad were at work. Isn't that what you want as a parent?

    Hilary

  • We can't thank you enough for the care and love you have shown to H. He has had the most magical and amazing time the past 4 years. Many, many thanks

    Mum & Dad H

  • 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

  • Our son has been attending Active Explorers Broadway for roughly 3 years now and we couldn’t be happier. Mason enjoys going every morning and has learnt so much. It’s important to us that Mason has a fun, safe and happy environment to attend every day and Lollipops is exactly that and more. Mason comes home talking about the planets and gravity, he’s learning how to add numbers together and knows how to write his name. Mel and the staff have all exceeded our expectations. They are all very friendly and so easy to talk to but best of all they’re genuinely interested in Mason and our family.

    Taryn & Michael
    Broadway

  • As a preschool teacher myself, finding somewhere that met my high expectations was a huge task.  But from my first visit to Active Explorers, the caring professional staff, the warm welcome and the genuine interest in my family won me over. My children have settled quickly and I have seen them thrive and grow in this rich environment. #happychildrenhappymummy

    Thank you Active Explorers.

    Tarryn Dewell

  • 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

  • I like to think of Active Explorers as our second home. Being with them for almost three years, we have gained a sense of belonging and connection with all staff and can tell our children's learning is valued. I often think 'would Memphis-Rose know what she does now, if she were at home with me all these years?'. I am not qualified to teach her, I don't have all the resources to develop her Te Reo language and preparation for school, so for me this has been a big investment that I will never regret! The centre make such an effect to incorporate all family and cultures into events, such as GUFF day, Matariki and other various occasions, that it is something to look forward to each year. I always feel up to date with what my children are learning with the regular stories that are published on Storypark and chitchats with the staff. I have referred various people to the centre as I am confident they will love it as much as me!

    Alisha Paewai