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

Rubbish Scarecrow the Pick of the Bunch

The creative and environmentally conscious kids at Active Explorers Farnborough have taken out second prize in the much-anticipated Hamilton Gardens Scarecrow Festival.

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We’re Going on a Snail Hunt

Today the children went on a snail hunt, exploring our West Coast playground and discovering an abundance of snails amongst the flax and punga trees.

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Big Day Out Fundraiser for Lachie Big Success

Read all about it in the Hokitika Guardian.

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Whanau Disco and Shave for Lachie success at Active Explorers Hokitika!

Active Explorers Hokitika organised a Disco and Shave for Lachie's recovery!

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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

  • My 3 year old really enjoys coming into the centre every day and often asks if he is going today. He talks about the teachers that work there and has developed some lovely relationships with them. The Kiwi room is also welcoming to us when we walk in and attractive to the children, he is always wanting to show me something or one of his friends that he has made.

    I enjoy the educational aspect and he often come home telling about this day and what happened. The teachers make a real effort with special events like the recent ANZAC focus, making it visible around the centre and he still talks about the events that they did around the event. They also provide trips out in the community that often link with their learning.

    I enjoy that he has the chance to learn about all the different cultures at the centre through activities, songs and even food.

    The use of Storypark is fantastic as it gives the opportunity for his grandparents to be able to see his learning when they don’t always see him. The stories are always great to read and a great form of communication when he is at the centre.

    Byron Barr
    Broadway

  • My Daughter absolutely loved her time at Active Explorers Cambridge Terrace. The team in the toddlers room all genuinely cared so much for her and formed a true bond with her. The teachers go out of their way to show support to all the children and their families to ensure the kids get the best experience! I would take my daughter back to Active Explorers in a heartbeat!

    Chantelle Meyer

  • 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

  • Thank you for having the ability to be able to break into and understand this little man of ours, as it never happened in 2 other places. He went from crying and screaming fits, to wanting to go. Thanks again

    Jacob’s Dad

  • Our little girl has loved going to this centre since being 4 months old, it has made her very confident with every task that she tries and I believe this is due to the fabulous staff.

    The staff are very caring and make it very easy to leave her each morning, knowing she will be well looked after.

    Active Explorers Leeston is wonderful and I highly recommend.

    Thanks to all the great staff.

    Samantha Hardy
    Active Explorers Leeston

  • In July 2016 Aurora and Hendrix come into our full time care. At the time a lot needed to be done to put things in place for these two children. Working full time meant needing to find a daycare and that’s where Active Explorers Victoria Ave come into play. They quickly accepted our two wee ones into their care and we have never looked backed. In two short years we have seen both Aurora and Hendrix blossom into amazing confident youngsters and we are grateful that this centre has helped to shape them. The amazing teachers and wonderful activities that our children partake in everyday has helped us to build a healthy future for them both. If anyone ever asks me where they go I am very quick to tell them Active Explorers on Victoria Ave, best teachers, best facilities and best activities. Thank you for helping us support Aurora and Hendrix.

    Wendy Anderson & Mona TuFuga
    Active Explorers Victoria Ave

  • 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

  • The teachers at RELC have been outstanding! They are extremely caring, warm, friendly and supportive of each child’s individual needs. They are very competent at their job and we will miss them very much.

    Nicola