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

  • Rolleston First Learners has been a fantastic choice for our daughter and our family after moving back from eight years living in Perth, WA.

    When we went for our first visit I knew it was the perfect place just from the care and interest taken in my 4yr old daughter, all the staff made a point of introducing themselves to her and showing her around the room, she instantly felt safe and the fun started from here!

    We have been using First Learners for six months now and my daughter attends four days a week, she loves it and quite often asks to go on the weekends too :)

    I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Centre to anyone looking for childcare, they are flexible, caring and above all the children are engaged and happy when I drop off and collect my daughter every day.

    Kirsty

  • Cooper was only 6-months old when he started at Active Explorers and to say we were anxious is an understatement!

    Initially we had planned to meet with a second local day-care centre however after having met with the team at Greta Point, spending time down there on a couple of occasions, and reading over the latest ERO report we felt really comfortable that it was a great fit - primarily for our boy but also for us as a family.

    I loved the idea of the initial ‘settling teacher’ and Cooper has built a really strong bond with her as she has continued on with him over the past 7-months and they are always both so pleased to see each other. The staff listened carefully when I went through the numerous comforting techniques Cooper had become accustomed to and they never once laughed or joked about them (although looking back they were quite specific as I’m certain they have had before with parent’s precious firstborns).

    Not once has Cooper been unhappy to be left in the morning and I often arrive to collect him and he’s sitting having a lovely cuddle with one of the wonderful team. He even leans with outstretched arms towards them most mornings when he’s dropped off for the day!

    I have no concerns at all about Coopers wellbeing during the day and my initial anxiety and guilt are completely gone as I know 100% that he is happy and entertained, and surrounded by people who genuinely care about him.

    Hannah Batchelor and Cooper

  • To Team Active Explorers Cambridge Terrace, Jeff and myself wanted to say a HUGE thank you for all your time, effort, guidance, support and most importantly your continued patience and sense of humours!! i have watched Harriet grow in such amazing ways - i know she will miss you all very much. You guys rock! 

    The McHardy's
    Active Explorers Cambridge Terrace

  • When I think of Active Explorers Leeston...

    It’s Fabulous, and I really mean that! What brilliant teachers.  They are so warm natured and very kind to all the children.  My son Gus goes here and he absolutely loves each day... they let the children do what they love the most. I think you are an awesome team and I couldn't be happier that Gus goes to such a caring Preschool. WELL DONE TO YOU ALL YOUR A FABULOUS TEAM.

    Sarah-Kate Flewellen

  • My kids have been going to this Preschool since we shifted to Leeston about 4 years ago. Active Explorers is a fantastic centre that I would totally recommend to others.  The teachers are great with my kids.  They do so many activities and explore and focus on topics throughout the year.  As a parent we are kept up-to-date with what is going on.  They also have many activities to include parents such as excursions, cross country, and Mataariki.  As a parent I definitely feel a part of Active Explorers and am very happy that my children belong to this Centre.

    Bec

  • I stumbled across Childs Play 2 years ago when we were new to town. From the moment I walked in the doors with my 2 young kids we have been made to feel nothing but welcome, and part of a big extended family.

    I find Childs Play fantastic for my girls, as there always seems to be something new and exciting for them to do and explore, but for me as a parent the thing that makes Childs play so great is the team that works there. They are a team passionate about fuelling young minds, and do a wonderful job incoaching and nurturing the children that are there with them. They show love and respect to all families, and I now consider them all a part of my family.

    For me as a parent leaving my kids with anybody is a big struggle. The team at childs play take away the stress and mummy guilt, as I know my girls are as happy and as loved as they would be at home. Just knowing this makes everything that much easier.

    The progress my children have made while at Childs Play is incredible. The Social interactions, structure and stimulation my children have received is invaluable and to a child trying to find their place in the world there is nothing better than that friendly face or guiding hand helping you along the way.

    From the Nursery right thru to the extension room, the kids are loved and guided each day. Seeing my girl light up when she sees her favourite teacher (for that day) or her wanting to take something in to show, the stories and the cuddles she gives – shows how much this team at childs play means to her and how comfortable and happy she is to have them in her life. The team at Childs play love the kids as if they are their own and I personally love them for it – I wouldnt leave my kids with anybody else.

    Brenda Kinsgford

  • Nixon started at Active Explorers Broadway when he was just 10 months old. The staff were very accommodating, assuring and helpful from the day they met him. Nixon grew from a small baby into a happy, caring little boy. Nixon has excelled in all areas of development since being enrolled at Lollipops and this has significantly had an impact on our families trust and loyalty to the staff at both Lollipops Grey Street and Lollipops Broadway. 

    As the centre manager, Mell Hall always had a compassionate and caring nature towards Nixon and always kept us up to date on centre curriculum, activities and ongoing developments that involve the children. Our family is grateful for Nixon having such awesome teachers in his early education years and would recommend Active Explorers to everyone!

    Leah Mataira
    Broadway

  • 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

  • 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.


  • Both my children have attended Leaps & Bounds Henderson. We have enjoyed every day of it. The teachers are excellent! Giving us feedback on the children on a regular basis. They prepare the children for school to a very high standard, with school visits and routines to learn what school will be like. I would highly recommend Leaps and Bounds Henderson to anyone wanting a top class early child care centre.

    Marie