About Us

Why choose us?

There are a host of reasons why so many families choose Active Explorers Blockhouse Bay. Here are just a few of them:

  • Great facilities
  • Educationally-rich equipment
  • Professional teaching team
  • Fun and nurturing environment
  • We encourage healthy eating, exercise, hygiene and safety
  • Morning tea, cooked lunch, afternoon tea and late snack provided
  • Excellent transition to school programme
  • Regular school visits to Glenavon School
  • Regular visits from students at New Windsor School who come and have reading time with our tamariki
  • Adventures to the nearby park for health and wellbeing
  • Regular excursions to places of interest
  • Lots of onsite parent functions and special treats for children
  • Lunchbox Fridays for our 4 year olds
  • Awesome playground offers challenges, choices and fun!
  • Separate sleep rooms for under 2s and over 2s
  • Weekly yoga and baking
  • Playball
  • Strong community focus
  • We promote sustainability, teaching children how to reuse and recycle
  • We take pride in celebrating different cultures

Our philosophy - Tatou Kaupapa

Active Explorers Blockhouse Bay values an enriching, nurturing, safe and respectful learning environment for young children.

We believe that children are confident and competent learners and we encourage children to engage in play, experiences, activities, and events with support from teachers, whānau and their peers to foster their learning and development.

We value the importance of play to develop social and cognitive skills, mature emotionally, and gain the self-confidence required to engage in new experiences and environments.

Our teaching philosophy aims to support children’s learning by working alongside children. Our teachers aim to facilitate learning experiences based on children’s interests and dispositions to enhance their learning and build on their prior knowledge.

We acknowledge the dual heritage of Aotearoa / New Zealand and aim to uphold the essence of Te Tiriti O Waitangi by providing a curriculum that acknowledges and reflects the unique place of Maori as tangata whenua, and by helping children to develop their knowledge and understanding of the cultural heritages of both parties to Te Titiri o Waitangi.

We believe in being inclusive and welcoming towards families from all walks of life, and respect and acknowledge the diverse culture of our community.

We value ongoing partnerships between the teaching team and the children, whānau, and wider community.

We uphold the concept of Ako and value the ongoing professional development of our teachers.

At Active Explorers we uphold these values:

He maia, he akonga tonu hoki. Confident & lifelong learners: Every child is unique with lots of potential. We support our children to become confident and life-long learners.

Ma te tākaro ka ako. Play is learning: Let children learn through play and make sense of the world around them.

Whanaungatanga. Building relationships: Let us build positive/warm relationships with children, whanau, wider community and within the team for positive outcomes for children.

Manaakitanga/Kaitiakitanga. Respect for people/places/things: Our children develop the skills and knowledge to be inclusive, kind, compassionate and respectful towards people, places and things around them to be better citizens of the world.

About Evolve

Evolve Education Group is a leader in early childhood education, with over 120 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.