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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Matariki, harakeke and weaving at Active Explorers Victoria Ave

So much pride for our Active Explorers whanau in Victoria Ave, celebrating biculturalism.

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Celebrating Matariki at Active Explorers Broadway

Active Explorers Broadway have a new tradition that climaxes the Matariki celebrations - a wearable arts evening!

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Snow Day at Active Explorers Blockhouse Bay

Active Explores Blockhouse Bay had a Snow Day on Thursday 12th July.

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Active Explorers Central City relaxes with some Yoga

Active Explorers Central city is on a relaxing health kick with weekly yoga sessions.

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Testimonials

  • 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

  • I would like to take this opportunity to thank yourself and every single staff member at I-Kids; in particular, the Junior Centre Teachers for their amazing commitment and care to helping support and educate Reid.

    Reid has enjoyed his time here and flourished, he will miss all his buddies and teachers immensely.

    Again, thank you for all the great help and support you have all shown to Reid and myself.

    Arika Felise

  • My son (2 yrs) is the youngest of 3 boys and up until he started Active Explorers Hokitika he had minimal interactions with children his age. I've watched him in the nursery and I am amazed how he has learned to mingle and play with other children. It is very exciting seeing all the new skills he is learning.

    My son absolutely loves Active Explorers Hokitika. He has recently changed from 2 days per week to fulltime in the space of a month and the staff have made the transition so smooth for him and I.

    I drop my son of at preschool in the morning and I know that he is well cared for. My son is always so happy when I pick him up and the connections he has made with his teachers is so heart warming to see. As a parent I have always struggled with the idea of preschool but the staff are great and made it so easy.

    Thank you so much!


    Hokitika

  • 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

  • We chose RELC because of recommendations from friends and found staff to be very professional at all times. Teachers really know what works best for the children at the Centre. Staff have been fantastic with Cameron and he will remember them fondly.

    Andrea

  • 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

  • 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

  • You have known G from the age of 6 months, which is 90% of her life! In that time you have seen a few milestones! You have supported and guided her devlopment through each milestone and more. Thanks to your nurturing and encouragement she is now ready for big school. So a huge thank you to you all.

    Family C

  • Thank you for the huge part you have played in our wee mans life. He has loved his time with you and he will take the skills you have instilled in him into the next exciting stage of his life. Thanks again

    Mum of Jack

  • Our family has been a part of the Active Explorers whanau for the past 7 years now. Within this time two of our children have transitioned throughout their three age focused rooms are now at school. I currently have a two year old who still attends. Our whanau's journey has been one that the centre has individualised for each of our children's' needs and abilities. I always feel that our voices are heard and respected by the centre manager, Mel Hall. The centre always makes you feel welcome and the key teachers are always eager to tell you how your child's day has been, what they have been doing and how they support them in their interests. The genuine care and love the key teachers show my children is very important. Both my husband and I work fulltime and want our children to be receiving the best care possible. I feel that if there is a concern this is addressed immediately and in a professional manner. I understand that key teacher's move on from time to time which can be unsettling for my children however consultation with my husband and I always occurs prior to ensure that our children are supported. Our children have health plans that need to be monitored closely, I feel that the key teachers over the years have always kept focus on this and ensure all appropriate staff that needs to be aware are informed and are vigilant in updating the
    plan and consulting with us. This is reassuring to us as parents as we have to trust this will occur, it is great to know that this does. As parents a healthy diet is important to us, the centre always provides nutritious meals throughout the day and we can relax with the comfort of knowing that our children are being nourished with the right fuel for their busy day. I was pleased that the centre is now taking an active role in attending transition visits to school. Our middle daughter at the end of last year started school and was very impressed that her key teacher Pooja attended also. I found this to be over and above. Pooja did state that she could pass on our daughters learning's and interests to her new school teacher and wanting to ensure that our child was supported to start their new school.
    The off site visits for the children are one that our family look forward to, the more the better. I have noticed that since Mel has been manager there has been more. Mel appreciates and fully supports children experiencing new learning's and is active in ensuring this occurs. Our family has had the privilege of our first daughter having Mel as her key teacher, Mel always puts the children first, is child focused and experienced as an early childhood teacher. I would recommend the centre to anyone who would explore this as option for their child.

    The Burridge whanau
    Broadway