Central City A childcare centre your family will love

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Conveniently located in the heart of Christchurch, Active Explorers Central City is a vibrant, nurturing and high quality early childhood centre. Well resourced, and staffed by highly experienced educators, we support children to tap into their full potential. Our tamariki are encouraged to explore the world around them through rich, meaningful programmes and regular excursions that can’t help but bring out their ‘inner-explorer’. Children learn concepts such as taking responsibility, independence and helping others, and are part of a learning journey that celebrates and grows enquiring minds.

Our families are a vital component of daily centre life, and we welcome and encourage whānau participation and involvement. The preschool years lay the foundation for a lifetime of learning. Together, let’s inspire your child to reach for the stars.


396 Manchester Street, St Albans, Christchurch 8041

Centre Hours:

Monday to Friday: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm

Closed Saturday, Sunday & public holidays

Ages Catered For:

0 – 6 years

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20 Hours Free ECE
Extended Hours
3 rooms
Purpose built
Transition to school
Healthy Heart

I was nervous about making the right decision for my children in terms of childcare, I don't know what parent isn't. But Active Explorers Central City provide such a loving environment that I felt secure in the knowledge my children were with people who really cared for them - both teachers as well as support staff. Best of all they provided my children with nutritious meals so I knew they were getting all the vitamins they needed - we all know how hard it can be to get them to eat their vegetables at home! I could also rest assured knowing they were having a ball while mum and dad were at work. Isn't that what you want as a parent?


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!


Our daughter attended Active Explorers Central City for two months, while our family was visiting Christchurch from overseas. The facilities and staff were friendly and capable. We were pleased that our daughter experienced New Zealand culture and learned a few Maori words. Payments were affordable and easy. We would definitely recommend Active Explorers Central City to other families.

Joshua Davis