Why choose us?

  • Quality education and care
  • We shape our curriculum to follow our children’s current interests
  • Regular excursions in our local community
  • Close connections to community events and happenings
  • Regular celebrations and family events
  • Large outdoor areas including a community garden which the children grow and share their produce in our community
  • Multicultural environment with families from all over the world
  • Strong bi cultural practice with connections to our local community whakapapa
  • Dancing, music and yoga are embedded into our programmes
  • Regular cooking and baking to explore our senses, sometimes using our centre grown vegetables
  • Established and experienced team
  • Age and developmental programmes including 4 year old extension times, targeted physical play and core learning programmes
  • Quality ratios empowering meaningful interactions

Our Centre Vision

Ā tatou manawa ora (our hope/vision)

Tamariki and their whānau join and share in our centre family as precious and treasured contributors. 

Our environment reflects the rich rural heritage of our community while enveloping the individual cultures and kete of our children and their individual context.

Kaiako navigate and support rich teaching and learning practices where learning is celebrated alongside of each other in a collaborative and inviting environment.

Tamariki are invited to learn from environmental propositions which reflect real and meaningful play.

Mana and wairua is nourished through pride in being part of a community which values the rights of the child at the centre of all practices.

Our environment is respectful, inviting and aesthetically pleasing.

Children drawing on whiteboards at Active Explorers preschool in Ashburton

Our Core Values

Whānaungatanga is the heart of all our practice.  The relationships and responsibilities we share as a collective group benefit the whole.  Our children are our taonga and as such deserve to feel in relation and cared for in all facets of their development and care.

We focus on building a strong sense of turangawaewae, spending time getting to know the child and their family and sharing our service with them.  Our routines and practices are flexible and we strive to be unhurried in how we share with our children.  Spending time at their level, using objects, tools, and artifacts both familiar and new and scaffolding learning where the child is at today is key to the success of this. 

Our families contribute effectively to the aspirations for their child and can share these over numerous platforms. Like wise our teaching team spend time with families, sharing information in a relaxed and caring means as our community has an open door practice, where we invite members of this to spend time in both formal and informal means.

We believe strongly that when tamariki are nourished and their wairua is cared for, they grow into confident young humans who can thrive and grow.  We offer experiences which are both familiar and challenging to meet their needs and empower their holistic development with a strong sense of responsibility, exploration and curiosity.

Many aspects of our curriculum provide challenges for all tamariki.  We believe that our children are capable and able and as we enact this, children are encouraged to set up and navigate much of their own learning.

Routines are flexible to allow for a flow of the day that meets the needs of the centre while also replicating normal daily rhythms.  Children are supported with understanding of what is expected with regard to social competence and then extended with planned and spontaneous propositions in all areas.

We have well-trained teachers who genuinely know our children. Those who are new to the service or transitioning spend quality time being supported by a team member of their choosing and every day presents both predictability and challenge. 

We do spend a lot of time in the outdoor environment and in this have many areas of play that empower children’s physical learning and development.

Areas of play and learning are maintained and changed to meet and extend curriculum and interests with literacy, mathematics, science, creativity and physical development being the core of this.  All classrooms offer age and developmentally appropriate resources to empower a potama of learning, building on skills and interests observed in other areas.  Our children are capable and trusted.

Our philosophy

Ā mātou kete aronui 

We share in the lives of our children, their families and their whakapapa and become a link in their present, future and past. Our own wairua enriches our teaching and learning, sharing ako through all we do.

Our aroha with tamariki has its own wairua, giving life to the hopes, dreams and empowerment of our learners, each other and our community.

The individuality of our tamariki, their whanau, community and teaching team is embraced. We nourish, connect and care which uplifts and cherishes all for who they are today.

We give and share from a perspective of relational connectedness, Āta. Understanding that everything we do, see, experience and have is an opportunity to grow and learn.

Our wairua is unique and strong, our tamariki are treasured and loved, our Kaiako are passionate and connected, our community is at the heart of all we do.  

About Evolve

Evolve Education Group is a leader in early childhood education, with over 100 centres across New Zealand offering a range of top quality learning options for all of our families.

Our highly regarded brands – which include Active Explorers, Lollipops, Pascals, Learning Adventures, Little Wonders, Little Lights and Little Earth Montessori – nurture children to love learning and become the best they can be. Rich and diverse educational opportunities are delivered by passionate, experienced educators in purpose designed centres equipped with the latest learning resources.

Evolve Education Group is helping shape the future, preparing little minds for great things in today’s ever changing world.