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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Mother's Day Market at Active Explorers Mana

Active Explorers Mana held a Mother's Day Market and managed to raise an outstanding $287.10 for Te Whare Tiaki Wahine Porirua (The Womens Refuge).

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Active Explorers Farnborough took a trip to Raglan

A great beginning to a real understanding of the plight of the Maui Dolphin.

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Making ANZAC cookies at Active Explorers Highbrook

Today we made ANZAC biscuits with the children at Active Explorers Highbrook.

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ANZAC Day at Active Explorers Mana

On Tuesday 24th of April, Active Explorers Mana held a special ANZAC ceremony in their playground.

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Testimonials

  • I am so pleased we found IKids Kaiwharawhara. After initially enrolling our son into another childcare facility and finding that we were not comfortable with him in there, it was really refreshing to meet Anne-Marie (centre manager) and to find a centre that shares similar values and ideas about childcare as our own. Anne-Marie couldn't have been more accommodating - not only did she have a place for our son almost immediately but she was very reassuring when answering the ton of questions that I had as an anxious first time mum!

    The teachers in the infants room are great and our son seems really happy there. I can leave him for the day and not worry about him as I know they do a great job. He even sleeps and eats better at IKids than he does at home! A sure sign that he has settled well.

    Tash & Adam

  • The staff at Active Explorers Broadway, Palmerston North have played a big part in the lives of two of our children.  They have flourished under the care, support and learning opportunities and experiences provided by their teachers.  Nathaniel continues to grow and thrive in his surroundings with teachers who genuinely care and want the very best for him by providing a safe and loving environment.  We highly recommend Active Explorers to parents who are looking for a warm, friendly, inclusive setting with professional staff to care for their children.

    Kelly, Mark and Nathaniel
    Broadway

  • 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
    Broadway

  • A huge thank you for your love and care of Rikki over the last 5 years. You are a big part of who she is and played a major role in her confidence and education.


  • Our boys have been at Clever Kids since it first opened. Since then we have had one of them head off to school. We were really impressed with their 4 1/2 year old programme, including the lunch box group to teach them how to ration out and open their own lunch. The staff are really lovely and genuinely care about the kids and teaching them skills and topics that relate to their age. I would really recommend this day care.

    Hayley

  • Truly a humble thank you for opening your doors and welcoming me into your centre. I have loved learning alongside your teaching team, you are all so talented and have inspired me as a new teacher to be the best teacher as I can.


  • 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.


  • Today is a very sad day for us as its been 8 years since we’ve joined Paddingtons. We want to thank you all for the continuous support, love, caring and sharing you have provided for our family. You guys are a very special part of our lives in Hamilton and will you will remain in the children’s hearts forever

    Family of Aria, Milah and Cruz

  • 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

  • I am absolutely heartbroken to have to pull our daughter out of your centre - she has been very, very happy with Vanessa in the Infants Room and we have the greatest respect and affection for the whole team. I was pretty concerned about leaving my little girl in day-care at four months old but she has absolutely thrived. She is noticeably more social, settled and confident than other babies in our antenatal group which tells me I made the right choice.

    The entire infants room team, and the wider staff, have been incredibly kind and patient. Vanessa and Lynney in particular seem to hold very genuine affection for our daughter and go to great lengths to ensure she is happy, secure and receiving appropriate developmental opportunities. Every morning our daughter shrieks with delight when she sees her teachers and we've never, ever had tears at drop-off time.

    We've shared our daughter’s Storypark content with our extended families - the grandparents in particular have appreciated seeing these lovely updates as both my parents and my husband's parents live out of town. Thank you for this.

    Mary-Rose