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.


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.


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.


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.



  • Our daughter attended Active Explorers Central City for two months, while our family was visiting Christchurch from overseas. The facilities and staff were friendly and capable. We were pleased that our daughter experienced New Zealand culture and learned a few Maori words. Payments were affordable and easy. We would definitely recommend Active Explorers Central City to other families.

    Joshua Davis

    Joshua Davis
    Central City

  • 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

  • Thank you so much for looking after Matt, for inspiring and supporting him and our family. This is really the end of an era for our family as we have attended MELC since opening day.  What fantastic staff you have, always coming up with genius ideas and having extraordinary patience, encouraging kids to cooperate, make friends, pursue many many interests explore and develop coordination and so much more.  We have always appreciated the feedback on our kids and helpful advice and encouragement.  We will really miss the staff our friends at the centre, a massive thank you to you all.

  • 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

  • To all.  Nga mihi mahana, kia kotou katoa.

    Thanks for all your love, care and hugs. I will miss you and think of you. Its been an awesome time with you all. FUN FUN FUN! Hopefully next time I see you I will be playing rugby for the All Blacks.

    Arohanui, Tu-kaha

  • 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

  • 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

  • Leaps & Bounds is an amazing place for my daughter. She loves her time here and has so much fun and is learning so much!


  • To the whole MELC team thank you so much for making Josh’s time at MELC so special – for all the songs you sang, games you played, stories read, tears dried and questions answered.  It has been wonderful to see Josh learning so much and growing in confidence so he is now so ready for his school adventure.  You guys do an awesome job, thanks.

  • Thank you to you all for welcoming us in and supporting my children. I always felt they were in a safe and happy environment. We have felt very supported by the staff at RELC.