Why choose us?

There are a host of reasons why families choose Active Explorers Ellerslie. Here are just a few of them:

  • Healthy Heart Award menu
  • Three meals plus late snack
  • Free nappies
  • Graduation photobook for children leaving for school  
  • Sports session with the toddlers
  • Weekly playball sessions for all preschoolers in terms one and four
  • Excellent transition to school programme for our 4 year olds 
  • Special excursions twice a year
  • Regular excursions to Paper Road, the local playground, local shops and parks for all children
  • Weekly excursions to Panmure Library for our preschoolers
  • Monthly visits to Edmund Hillary Retirement Village and the residents come to visit our preschool each month too. At Christmas, all preschoolers go to the village to sing carols
  • Informal yoga and bootcamp for the preschoolers
  • Cultural celebrations - Chinese New Year, St Patrick’s Day, Pasifika Festival, Easter, Matariki, Diwali, Halloween (family picnic at the centre), Christmas
  • Family celebrations - Mother’s Day Breakfast, Father’s Day Breakfast, Grandparents Week
  • Fundraising events twice a year, such as Healthy Heart Day, Daffodil Day, Red Nose Day and Crazy Hair Day
  • Bi-monthly Bike Day 

healthy heart award Active Explorers Ellerslie

Active Explorers Ellerslie has been awarded the Rito Healthy Heart for 2023-2025

The Tohu Manawa Ora | Healthy Heart Award is a free programme for early learning services, designed to help create a nourishing learning environment for tamariki.

There are three stages in the Tohu Manawa Ora | Healthy Heart Award journey: Rito, Whānau and Pā-Harakeke. Each award is made up of strands to complete with different themes.

Rito is the heart of the plant, where new beginnings start. It recognises commitment in founding a healthy eating and physical activity environment.

Whānau builds on the foundations set at Rito. It helps build and strengthen existing healthy eating and physical activity foundations at our centre.

Pā-Harakeke will weave healthy eating and physical activity practices sustainably into all aspects of our centre.

Our philosophy

At Active Explorers we encourage children to become lifelong learners by developing intellectual curiosity and a thirst for discovery and achievement.  We strive to create a diverse community that fosters mutual respect and social responsibility, enhanced by a strong partnership between home and the centre.

Our unique curriculum is guided by the following core values:

RESPECT – developing a positive feeling of esteem

EXPLORATION – discovering with a curious and enquiring mind

EMPOWERMENT – celebrating every child’s achievements

RESILIENCE – encouraging and developing the confidence to keep trying

ENJOYMENT – ensuring life is fun

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.