Our Rooms

Active Explorers Highbrook has eight separate rooms, so children can enjoy age appropriate activities and learning opportunities. Our amazing facilities also include a wharekai (dining room) where our preschoolers all come together to dine as a community.

Nursery

Active Explorers Highbrook is extremely fortunate to have a dedicated Nursery room for our 0 – 1 year olds. Designed to be an extension of your own home, it feels like a warm and welcoming lounge room.  No walking feet are allowed in here, just babies, so it is safe and secure for even our very youngest Active Explorers.

Daily Routine

We follow the routine from home for the babies’ sleep times and bottles, and merge them with our basic routine as follows:

7:00 - 8:30 am: Breakfast (provided by the parents/caregiver)

9:30 am: Morning tea followed by morning sleeps (if applicable)

11:30 am: Lunch

2:30 pm: Afternoon tea followed by afternoon sleeps (if applicable)

5:00 pm: Late snack

6:00 pm: Home time

Our babies are free to explore and play when they are not sleeping. Outdoors area will be available when weather permits.

Tui Infants & Kakapo Infants

Our Infants rooms are dedicated spaces for our 1 to 2 years old.  An environment which is supportive and nurturing and equipped with everything they need to thrive.

Tui Infants Daily Routine

We follow the routine from home in regard to sleep times and bottles, and merge them with our basic routine as follows:

7:00 – 8:30 am: Breakfast

9:00 am: Nappy change

9:30 am: Morning tea

10:00 am: Free play inside and outside

10:50 am: Nappy change

11:30 am: Lunch

12:00 pm: Sleep

1:30 pm: Nappy change

2:30 pm: Afternoon tea

3:00 pm: Free play

3:30 pm: Nappy change

4:30 pm: Late snack

5:00 pm: Quiet activities and getting ready for home time

6:00 pm: Home time

*In addition to set nappy change times, nappies are also changed as and when needed.

Kakapo Infants Daily Routine

7:00 – 8:30 am: Breakfast

9:00 am: Nappy change

9:30 am: Morning tea

10:00 am: Free play inside and outside

10:50 am: Nappy change

11:30 am: Lunch

12:00 pm: Sleep

1:30 pm: Nappy change

2:30 pm: Afternoon tea

3:00 pm: Free play

3:30 pm: Nappy change

4:30 pm: Late snack

5:00 pm: Quiet activities and getting ready for home time

6:00 pm: Home time

*In addition to set nappy change times, nappies are also changed as and when needed.

Kiwi Toddlers, Tui Toddlers & Kakapo Toddlers

These three vibrant rooms cater for our toddlers aged 2 to around 3.5 years old. They are inspiring, and engaging spaces with plenty of fun filled activities and meaningful learning opportunities.

Daily Routine

7:00 – 8:30 am: Breakfast

8:45 am: Nappy change time

9:15 am: Mat time (group time)

9:30 am: Morning tea

9:45 am: Explore learning activities inside and outside/intentional teaching

11:00 am: Nappy change time

11:30 am: Tidy up time and mat time

12:00 pm: Lunch

12:30 pm: Nap time and quiet activities for non-sleepers

2:30 pm: Quiet play time for children as they wake up/nappy change

3:00 pm: Afternoon tea

3:25 pm: Free play/intentional teaching

5:00 pm: Late snack

5:15 pm: Reading time

6:00 pm: Centre closes

Kakapo Young Children and Kiwi Young Children Rooms

Our pre-schoolers are 3.5 to 5 years old, who are well catered for here with plenty of activities that challenge and extend their interests.  We have an excellent transition to school programme, and our famous wall of graduates leave the centre as confident little learners ready to start their next chapter at BIG school.

Kakapo Toddlers/Preschool Daily Routine

7:00 – 8:30 am: Breakfast

8:30 am: Outside opened (weather permitting)

8:45 am: Nappy change (Toddler side)

9:15 am: Preschool room opens - welcome mat time, days of the week, weather, news, introduction of daily activities, songs and sharing stories

9:30 am: Morning tea

10:00 am: Free play/intentional teaching

11:00 am: Nappy change (Toddler side)

11:30 am: Tidy up and refresh all areas

11:45 am: Musical mat time - interactive

12:00 pm: Lunch time – Toddlers in their room, Preschoolers walk down to the Wharekai

12:30 pm: Sleepers go to bed, quiet activities inside and outside for non-sleepers

1:00 pm: Outside open – free play for non-sleepers

2:00 pm: Nappy change (Toddler side)

2:45 pm: Afternoon tea

3:00 pm: Free play/intentional teaching

4:00 pm: Nappy change (Toddler side)

4:15 pm: Preschool room closed

4:45 pm: Tidy up/outside closed

5:15 pm: Late snack; quiet activities until home time

6:00 pm: Home time

Kiwi Preschool Daily Routine

7:00 - 8:30 am: Breakfast is available along with quiet activities

8:00 am: Outside is open (weather permitting)

9:15 am: Mat time – days of the week, weather, news, stories

9:30 am: Rolling morning tea starts/free play/intentional teaching

11:30 am: Children help tidy up; outside and inside are reset with new learning experiences

11:45 am: Musical interactive mat time

12:00 pm: Lunch time in the Wharekai

12:30 pm: Children who choose to sleep go to sleep room; quiet time activities inside for those not sleeping

1:00 pm: Free play/intentional teaching inside and outside

2:30 pm: Rolling afternoon tea

4:45 pm: Children help tidy up

5:15 pm: Late snack

5:30 pm: Quiet activities

6:00 pm: Home time