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).


Active Explorers Farnborough took a trip to Raglan

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


Making ANZAC cookies at Active Explorers Highbrook

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


ANZAC Day at Active Explorers Mana

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



  • Over the years my three children have formed wonderful bonds with all the staff. I have found the staff to be organised, professional, caring and helpful.


  • 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

  • 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 all for how you guys have cared for the boys, it's been a privilege!

    Gloria Keepa

  • Words cannot express the appreciation and gratitude we have for the Clever Kids team, leaving our 2 boys every morning was like leaving them with family. From day 1 we felt so comfortable knowing our boys were well cared for and loved. They have excelled so much and have learnt so many new things since being in Clever Kids care. We will miss the entire team at Clever Kid, and a massive THANK YOU to all the lovely educators who had both Brooklin and Braxton in their care. We hope to find a Centre like Clever Kids in Melbourne (fingers crossed)!!


  • I have the pleasure of having two of my boys in Rolleston First learners, One in the 3yr room and one in the 4yr room. They have both blossomed under the care of the amazing teachers. They have developed more of the knowledge they had and also have learned lots more. But the best part is how excited they are to go to school!


  • 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!


  • Just wanted to put a word out there in case someone is looking for a lovely preschool: Monkeys & Munchkins in Tai Tapu. Have had my children there for two years and I really like it!

    The thing is... I'm about to move to Southland and as I was googling the preschools there, I realised that it's actually really hard to find preschool reviews. I thought there'd be some sort of a... directory or something where lots of people have left their thoughts, kind of like TripAdvisor but for preschools - but nope, nothing.

    So I'm putting a good word out here in case someone moves into Cracroft area and starts googling for preschools, kind of like I am doing for Southland at the moment.

    So... Monkeys & Munchkins at Tai Tapu. A wonderful preschool! It's actually taking me 15 minutes just to drive there from Cracroft, but I've been so happy with them that I do not grumble about the drive.

    In addition to almost always looking forward to going there (except for when they're ill etc), I love that when I pick my children up in the afternoon they tell me with excitement about the stuff they've done. There's a constant rotation of activities, sometimes there are outings (my son is still raving about a bus trip they did months ago), bouncy castle for Christmas etc.

    There's a Transition To School room where 4-year-olds go each morning to practice their letters and numbers and other school skills; in a reasonably quiet, small group environment that gets them ready for school.

    I've become friends with several of the teachers there and it has given me an insight into why teachers like this preschool, too. Staff turnaround is low and people stay there for years. Also, my son has several special education therapists who have visited the preschool as part of their work (physiotherapy, speech therapy etc) and they have all said that my children are very lucky to be in such a wonderful preschool.

    It's reasonably small. Kids know each other, parents get to know each other. The centre manager cares about the place and works hard to keep it a place where people are happy.

    I've actually been really lucky to have discovered it (I used to live in the area so it actually used to be the closest preschool to me at the time), because it has given me such joy to have trusted the place so much. I love the feeling that whenever I am leaving my kids there, I know they are having a good time.

    And even though it has become such a pain in the a** to get my 2-year-old OUT OF THE PRESCHOOL in the afternoons ("No, I play!" she demands pretty much every time I come to pick her up), it's lovely to see that she RUNS towards the preschool every time I let her out of the car in the mornings. "Peescoool!" she screams in her 2-year-old style. "Peescoool!"

    I love the place. My kids love the place. I know that several of the teachers genuinely love the place. Some of my friends whose children go there love the place.

    And I just want to put a good word out there.

    Thank you, Monkeys & Munchkins.

    Maria Grace
    Tai Tapu

  • Thank you so much for the loving care and attention you have given Sarah over the last four years. The fact that she has come every day is a testament to the wonderful learning and social environment you have created at your centre.  Although she is excited about the new challenges of school, she will miss you all so very much.  Thank you for being such a big part of developing our keen, excitable, social kind girl.  We will miss you.

  • 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.