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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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.


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.


Big Day Out Fundraiser for Lachie Big Success

Read all about it in the Hokitika Guardian.


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

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



  • 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

  • We just wanted to say a HUGE thank you, to all the staff who have supported and nurtured our boys over the last 3 years!!
    You have always made them feel safe and cared for, and have certainly been a big part of their 'special years'. You're all amazing and so a fabulous job!!

    Love Natahna and Liam

    Natahna and Liam

  • 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

  • As a working parent I am always torn between returning to work and leaving my precious baby in care. Active Explorers really allayed my guilt seeing how my girl has thrived. From the first day a special attachment teacher becomes her main carer to enable a bonding relationship. The environment is stimulating and enriching, certainly far more resources than I can ever manage at home myself! We also have regular themed activities, cultural/community events and outings, further connecting the children to the world around them outside the classroom. Teachers use their own initiatives often going above and beyond what is basically expected, spending their own time and materials just to give the children a rich experience, for which I am truly grateful. I must mention also how much more agile and developed my girl is compared to her older siblings, which I put down to the skills learned in outdoor play area. Finally the place always smell great from the wonderful cooking/baking!


  • When choosing a daycare centre for our son to go to when I went back to work, I wanted a centre that was close to where I worked, that would allow me to pop in and breastfeed my son when he needed to be fed, and I also wanted a centre that would support my son the same way we do at home, with the freedom to learn new things in his own way and at his own pace.

    Upon my first visit to Active Explorers Broadway, I was greeted by warm friendly staff, who were more than happy to show me around the centre, and show me the Kakapo room when my son would be once he started. I was pleasantly surprised to find that each child is not only provided with their own cot, but also their own linen for that cot. The sleep space is a lovely environment, that is very calm and soothing for the children.

    I was also delighted to discover that nappies and food are provided for the children by the centre as part of the weekly fees.

    Once my son started, everyone was amazing, the support to continue my breastfeeding journey was thoroughly provided by all staff members, who were always happy to see me when I came in.

    Every morning, we are greeted with smiles, asked how our son's night went, and when we pick him up, we are told how his day was.

    The communication from staff to us as parents about our son, is fantastic. We love that we can trust that our boy will be in extremely safe hands when we take him in for the day.

    We appreciate everything that Active Explorers Broadway has done for our boy over the last 8 months. They have encouraged and supported his growth and learning to an extremely high standard, and we cannot thank them enough for that.

    Thanks team!

    Amy and Kayne Bohanna

  • I currently have two children attending Active Explorers Central City. The staff have always been so welcoming, accommodating and thoroughly professional. We have really appreciated how the teachers tell us about our child's day and keep us up to date with their playing, learning and any funny moments that have happened. My children come home talking about their teachers and their friends at pre-school, singing songs they have learnt and in our case, lots of art work! That is the biggest recommendation - that our children love it there!


  • Staff kept us well informed, great bonds with the children and seem happy in the workplace. They are very understanding when first settling children and providing individual care to my boys. They developed/exposed the boys to things that they were enthusiastic about, had the rooms well organised in relation to play/routine etc. The manager was very approachable, quick with responses to requests.


  • 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. 

    Palmerston North

  • 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

  • I love the organised yet loving feel of Childs Play as soon as I entered the preschool, the children are loved as the as the individuals they are. I love the big outdoor areas, catering to different personalities with big sandpits, bars, slides etc and having the quiet and reading areas too. I am very happy with Childs Play and the programme they offer.