Our Rooms

Active Explorers Blockhouse Bay has two separate rooms, enabling us to deliver age appropriate experiences for children at each different age and stage.

Teina/Little Buddies Room

In our under 2s room we follow the primary caregiving practice which really helps our youngest tamariki to settle into their new environment. The atmosphere is calm and nurturing, and teachers set up a range of learning experiences for children to explore their skills, strengths and interests. We have a spacious outdoor area with a natural setting for our young children. Each child also has a daily communication book where teachers record their day, routines and pictures.

Daily Routine

In the Teina Room we follow children’s individual routines, especially for our very young babies. Their sleep times, bottle times and kai times may vary, and we follow their home routine as we believe in continuity from the home environment. Outlined below is our general routine for older children (above 14 months). Children are slowly transitioned into the general routine in consultation with their parents.

7:30 am: Centre opens, welcome tamariki and whanau, settling children

8:30 am: Free play inside and outside

9:00 am: Wash hands, sing songs at the table followed by karakia, morning tea/kai time

9:30 am: Free play inside and outside – teachers set up activities for children to engage in such as messy play, construction, manipulative play, reading books, painting and drawing, and sand pit play
Primary caregiving as per individual needs for bottles, nappies and sleeps

11:10 am: Music and movement

11:20 am: Tidy up time – children are encouraged to help put toys away

11:30 am: Wash hands, sing songs at the table followed by karakia, lunch time/kai time

12:00 pm: Primary caregiving as required by each child; sleepers have bottles if required and get ready for sleep

12:20 pm: Moe/sleep time
Free play inside and out for non-sleepers
Teachers engage children in activities following their interests

2:25 pm: Wash hands, sing songs at the table followed by karakia, afternoon tea/kai time

2:50 pm: Free play inside and out
Teachers engage children in learning experiences based on their interests
Primary caregiving as required by each child

4:45 pm: Late snack

4:55 pm: Tidy up and children get ready for home time

5:00 pm: Combine with the Tuakana Room in the front room to engage with the older children to develop Tuakana-Teina relationships.

5:30 pm: Centre closes

Tuakana/Big Buddies Room

Set up for our 2 to 5 year olds, the concept of the tuakana-teina relationship is strongly implemented by encouraging and motivating our older tamariki to help and support the younger tamariki. Children are provided with various learning experiences in different curriculum areas based on their interests and strengths and we organise trips/excursions to extend their interests and learning.

Daily Routine

7:30 am: Centre opens, welcome tamariki and whanau, settling time for children

8:30 am: Free play inside and outside

9:00 am: Rolling morning tea/kai time starts

9:45 am: Tidy up time - children are encouraged to help

9:55 am: Group time – reading books, singing songs, music and dance, discussions, sharing stories from home

10:15 am: Free play inside and outside
Teachers engage children in learning experiences based on their interests
* Playball Active on Wednesdays – optional programme for parents to enrol their children in

10:30 – 11:00 am: Group time for our 4 year olds – children are encouraged to participate in activities to develop school readiness through play based experiences

11:45 am: Tidy up time – children are encouraged to participate

11:55 am: Settling time for lunch
Lunch/kai time

12:30 pm: Moe/sleep time
Non-sleeping children – free play inside and out; teachers engage children in activities following their interests

2:40 pm: Tidy up time
Rolling afternoon tea/kai time

3:15 pm: Home time for short day children
Free play inside and outside
Teachers engage children in learning experiences based on their interests

4:50 pm: Tidy up time, children get ready for home time

5:00 pm: Teina Room combines with Tuakana Room
Late snack
Teachers settle children in the front room to prepare for home time

5:30 pm: Centre closes